The Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities gathers scholars from around the globe to collectively explore how the Environmental Humanities contribute to the theorization, imagination, and practice of socially just and ecologically hopeful futures for humans and nonhumans.
We are excited to announce that the application period for the 2022 Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities is now open. If you are an academic, artist, activist, or independent scholar with a passion for the environmental humanities, we invite you to join us in beautiful Maine from August 1-7, 2022, for a week of seminars, lectures, workshops, field trips, and other events.
This year, we have increased the number of seminar leaders, allowing us to accept even more applicants than in previous years. The third annual Summer Institute seminar guest lecturers will be Sunil Amrith, Professor of History at Yale University; Mel Chen, Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at the University of California, Berkeley; Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Kathryn Yusoff, Professor of Inhuman Geography at Queen Mary University of London.
If you’re interested in joining us, please click here for the application form. Applications will be due by February 1, 2022.
To learn more about the Institute, please watch the video below.
2021 Summer Institute
As has been the case with so many academic events, the 2021 Summer Institute in the Environmental Humanities was modified by the pandemic, adopting a hybrid format to support the safest possible experience for all participants. The 2021 guest lecturers were Stacy Alaimo, Professor of English and Core Faculty Member in Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon; Bishnupriya Ghosh, Professor of English and Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Imre Szeman, Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo. There was also a spotlight lecture by Krushil Watene, Associate Professor of Humanities Media and Creative Communications at Massey University in New Zealand. To read participant testimonials, please click here, and to read a more detailed article about the events of the week, please click here.
2019 Summer Institute
In August 2019, the inaugural Colby Summer Institute in Environmental Humanities brought together 28 scholars from across the globe. The guest lecturers were Amanda Boetzkes, Art History Professor at the University of Guelph, Stephanie LeMenager, English Professor at the University of Oregon, and Kyle Whyte, Philosophy Professor at Michigan State University. For a brief recap of the inaugural Summer Institute and participant testimonials please click here, and for a more detailed account, please click here.