The Environmental Studies Workshop is a collaborative cluster designed to integrate students working on themes relating to the environment in the social sciences, humanities, policy, and science. As the environmental challenges of the 21st century become one of the central issues of our time, the workshop seeks to bring together the most diverse and innovative modes of inquiry to understand and imagine the history, present conditions, and future of this planet and its living beings.

Over the course of the year, we discuss works that focus on local, regional, global, and planetary systems as they relate to history, species relations, religion and ethics, law and policy, economic development, political economy, the built environment, urban design, literature, art and film, and resource management. The workshop brings critical, cross-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary inquiry to contemporary environmental problems within academia.

We welcome a wide variety of formats, including original historical studies, economic models, lab and field findings, engineering designs, ethics inquiries, literary works, polling projects, curated museum exhibits, films, performances, and works of visual art, among others. We offer participants a platform to present works in progress and offer group feedback, in biweekly sessions open to the community.

To present at the workshop, submit an abstract by emailing tamancio@uchicago.edu and sachaet@uchicago.edu. We welcome original papers, chapters, films, works of art, and exhibits by students and faculty at The University of Chicago or by visiting scholars. Our workshop is broadly inclusive in terms of periodicity, discipline, methodology, and geography.  To attend the workshop, register for our mailing list to get updates on location and events. All are welcome.

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