Building Environmental Humanities at the University of Toronto [Renewal]
Our goal is to establish a permanent home for environmental humanities at the University of Toronto. This working group will foster this goal by building a network of scholars who will create a strategic plan to launch this much-needed institutional hub. Throughout the year, group meetings will develop the networks which are so essential to the success of this project – and a task we’ve already begun by establishing a listerv. We plan to take advantage of as many existing resources as possible. One session, for instance, will consist of lightening round introductions to group members’ scholarship. Other meetings will research the practical work of institutionalization by consulting with other University of Toronto projects which have successfully moved from incubation to independence, including Sexual Diversity Studies and the Digital Humanities Network. This local expertise will be invaluable in developing both a concrete development plan as well as an intellectual roadmap for the project. Our capstone event for the year will host a co-founder of the highly successful Princeton Environmental Humanities Project. This session will steer us towards establishing a creative, productive and sustainable environmental humanities hub at the University of Toronto.