Oxford-Penn-Toronto International Doctoral Cluster

The Oxford-Penn-Toronto International Doctoral Cluster (OPT-IDC) in the Environmental Humanities and Climate Justice is a research partnership comprised of graduate students, emerging scholars, and faculty from all three institutions with the shared goal of fostering scholarly community and knowledge exchange. Our interdisciplinary research in the Environmental Humanities seeks to understand and explain the cultural, social, and historical contexts of environmental change and crisis. It attends to the histories and practices that have traditionally severed culture from nature, and queries how environmental issues are imbricated with multiple cultural settings. Working with our colleagues in U of T's School of the Environment and the Critical Zones initiative of the JHI, at Oxford University’s TORCH - The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, and at the University of Pennsylvania's PPEH - Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, we host engaging networking opportunities, lecture and seminar events, and provide travel bursaries in support of international research mobility for graduate students working on Environmental Humanities topics in supporting humanities divisions across UofT.

Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty colleagues interested in Environmental Humanities who would like to connect with the IDC are welcome to email Sherry Lee.

The EH-IDC’s supporting divisions within the University of Toronto include:

Department of Art History
Cinema Studies Institute
Department of Classics
Department of English
Department of German
Faculty of Music
Department for the Study of Religion
Jackman Humanities Institute
Northrop Frye Centre, Victoria College
School of the Environment