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Environmental Humanities on the Schuylkill River

Environmental Humanities on the Schuylkill River:
From Botanical Garden and Oil Refinery to DataRefuge

Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 3:30pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop

Free and open to the public

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Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. Her research interests lie in the intersections between the early modern period and contemporary theoretical concerns, including global and transnational literature, translation and multilingualism, and the environmental humanities. While grounded in the cultural and political landscape of central Europe and the North Atlantic, her has work increasingly charted global trajectories. She began co-organizing two conferences for 2016-17 and events exploring gatherings of research across the arts and sciences and public engagement in the environmental humanities: Timescales in October and An Ecotopian Toolkit to come in April. Since the U.S. election, she has played a pivotal role in launching #Datafuge, a public and collaborative project designed to address concerns about federal climate and environmental data. Her talk focuses on the intersection between individual scholarly agendas and creative work with public humanities projects in the environmental humanities.

Bethany Wiggin (Associate Professor, Department of German Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania) has published Novel Translations: The European Novel and the German Book, 1680-1730 (2011) and is co-editor with Catriona MacLeod of Un/Translatables: New Maps for Germanic Literatures (2016). A second monograph, Germanopolis: Utopia Found and Lost in Penn’s Woods, 1683-1763, is under contract. In 2014-15, Wiggin was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at the LMU in Munich, where she was also affiliated with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. In 2016-17, she is directing the Penn Humanities Forum‘s year on Translation.

Environmental Humanities Initiative graduate workshop with Bethany Wiggin, Friday, March 10, 2017, 10:30-noon, Folwell 113. Contact for details.

Organized by the Environmental Humanities Initiative <>. Cosponsored by the River Life Program, the Institute on the Environment, the College of Liberal Arts Environmental Humanities Initiative, the Center for German and European Studies, the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, the Center for Early Modern History, and the Departments of Asian Language & Literatures; English; and German, Scandinavian & Dutch. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the IAS ( 612-626-5054) at least two weeks prior to the event.

Credit: James Lewis

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  1. Innovative Knowledge Sharing and New Relations to Place | River LifeMarch 7, 2017 at 8:54 amReply

    […] Bethany Wiggin, the Founding Director at the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities, will present a talk on the PPEH work on the Schuylkill River this Thursday, March 9, at Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus.  Further information is on the Institute for Advanced Study web site. […]

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