“Networking the Digital Environmental Humanities” Podcast

by Charles Travis

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On 18 June 2015, an Irish Research Council funded Digital Environmental Humanities (DEH) workshop at Trinity College Dublin convened international scholars from environmental, Irish, British and American history, literary and historical geography, computer science, philosophy, languages and education, visual cultural studies, literature and the digital humanities to discuss how digital practices, methodologies and mapping can facilitate a deeper study between the humanities and the environment. One of the aims of the event was to address and explore the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s call in 2015 “to facilitate and enhance further the consistent and coherent use of up to date digital technology for sharing and disseminating information.” The event went one step further by discussing how the DEH can be used as both a platform and methodology to not only enhance the study of human-environmental relations, but to facilitate social and cultural transformation in regards to perception and agency in regards to global environmental change. Human-centric analysis, crowd-sourcing  and other types of digital practices and mapping activities, influenced by literary, historical and cultural studies have a role to play in helping us understand the ‘cultural crisis’ that is climate change, in addition to being our age’s greatest environmental problem.

The event website can be found here. A PDF with all the presentation abstracts can be found here.


Session 1: Digital Environmental Humanities Overview

  • Professor Poul Holm (Trinity College Dublin) “Digital environmental humanities – What is it and why do we need it?” (Workshop Keynote)
  • Alexander von Lünen (University of Huddersfield) “We are reading time in space” – Or: the end of history?
  • Charles Travis (Trinity College Dublin) The digital environmental humanities and GIS: Discursive, Cultural and Social Media Integration.


Session 2: Deep Maps, Narratives and Heritage / Educational and Ethical Considerations

  • David Bodenhamer (Polis Center, Indiana University Purdue) Connecting Material and Metaphorical Space: Deep Maps and Environmental History.
  • Mads Haar (Trinity College Dublin) Literary Play: Locative Game Mechanics and Narrative Techniques for Cultural Heritage.
  • Theresa O’Connor (Skellig Foundation) Joyce’s Brain Atlas: A Deep Map of the Anthropocene and a Roadmap for the Environmental Humanities.
  • Annaleigh Margey (Dundalk Institute of Technology) Moving from Digital Creation to the Classroom: Utilising the 1641 Depositions as a Pedagogical Tool.
  • Francesco De Pascale (Department of Languages and Educational Sciences, University of Calabria) Geoethics and neogeographical education in an interdisciplinary study.


Session 3: Ireland and the Digital Environmental Humanities

  • Mary Kelly (Kingston University London): Mapping correspondence on famine and famine relief in Ireland, 1845-1846.
  • Rachel Murphy (University College Cork) Digital approaches to the study of landholding in Ireland.
  • Hannah Smyth (Trinity College Dublin) The Forgotten Majority: Mapping the Civilian Casualties of the 1916 Rising.


Public Lecture: Professor David Bodenhamer, (Polis Center at Indiana University Purdue).

  • Beyond GIS: The Spatial Humanities, Deep Maps, and Spatial Narratives.

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