Tenth Annual Graduate Symposium: Saturday, February 11, 2017

The CHE Graduate Symposium's goal is to provide a supportive environment for graduate students to share their work related to environmental and cultural change in the full sweep of human history, and to reinforce the CHE graduate student community. Work on all geographic locations, time periods, and from all disciplines is welcome.

Showcasing CHE's diverse disciplinary approaches to the "environment," the 10th annual Graduate Symposium features graduate work from a variety of fields, including anthropology, botany, English, geography, and comparative literature and folklore studies. Despite the range of geographic locations, time periods, and disciplinary approaches covered in this year's symposium, the submissions each examine and address questions of power, inequality, and (in)justice. Prof. Lynn Keller, the Director of CHE, will start off the day's events with a talk on "Contemporary American Ecopoetics and Environmental Justice." The kickoff talk will be followed by four panels, titled: Making Environmental Injustice Visible, Who is a "Good" Farmer?, Thinking with and beyond Human-Environment Relations, and Contested Environments: Governance, Security, and the State. The symposium will conclude with a keynote address at 4:30pm by Dr. Diana Davis (History, UC Davis) titled "Post-Truth, Critical Realism, and the Power of Patience." Please see the conference program for more information.

About the Symposium

The Symposium is a special part of CHE's yearly events because it encourages students to present research-in-progress, and to bring their insights into the interdisciplinary conversation that is the heart of CHE.

Each year CHE's graduate students host a graduate Symposium that highlights the diversity and depth of the intellectual approaches the CHE community brings together. A typical CHE grad Symposium might feature anything from a new approach to climate modeling, a history of hard rock mining, a paper on indigenous forestry practices, an introduction to ecological poetry, a cultural history of sharks in America, or reflections on the politics of scale in Central Asia.

The Symposium's goal is to provide a supportive environment for graduate students to share their work related to environmental and cultural change in the full sweep of human history, and to reinforce the CHE graduate student community. Work on all geographic locations and time periods is welcome, as well as both completed and ongoing projects.

Past Symposia Programs