Launching the Atmospheric Humanities
Hermoupolis, Syros Island, Greece
14-16 July 2020
The Atmospheric Humanities is a fast emerging field of scholarship seeking to understand socio-cultural dimensions of atmospheric experience, knowledge and practice. Exploring atmospheric agency in its historical and contemporary manifestations, atmospheric humanities investigate the atmosphere as a site of diverse appropriations of air’s modalities and their reproduction in practices of aerial and climatological citizenship. This foundational workshop aims to initiate and foster discussions on how atmospheric themes, memes, and objects emerge, spread and travel across artistic and academic communities. We especially welcome contributions from scholars whose work spans disciplines, including, but not limited to, literary and media studies, history of science, environmental history, aesthetics, visual arts, architecture, phenomenology, and social sciences.
– The changing representation(s) of the atmosphere in art and popular media, both contemporary and historical.
– Interfaces and interactions between scientific understanding(s) of the atmosphere and other ways of knowing or experiencing the atmosphere (e.g. political, indigenous, religious, philosophical, aesthetic).
– Explorations of space and scale in relation to human understanding of the atmosphere and related concepts such as weather and climate.
– The material culture of the atmosphere, including technologies used to measure, assess, represent and manipulate the atmosphere.
The workshop is organized by the International Commission of Science and Literature and the International Commission on History of Meteorology. The Commissions will provide a limited travel support to early career scholars, who should send their application letter, presentation abstract and CV to Dr Alexander Hall at email@example.com and George N. Vlahakis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizing committee: Vladimir Jankovic (University of Manchester), George N. Vlahakis (Hellenic Open University), Madalina Diaconu (University of Vienna), Alexander Hall (University of Birmingham), James R. Fleming (Colby College), John Holmes (University of Birmingham), and Kostas Tampakis (National Hellenic Research Foundation).
The workshop is supported by DHST/IUHPST, National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Hellenic Open University.
Dr Vladimir Jankovic
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL