How is the Arts and Humanities responding to environmental and ecological challenges? What role might they play in productive interdisciplinary collaborations?
The Arts Institute is delighted to launch its newest research cluster, Environmental Cultures, which brings together a critical mass of researchers and practitioners at the University of Plymouth whose work recognises how the arts, culture and the humanities are inextricably bound up with questions concerning the environment.
The group’s activities have the potential to dynamically contribute to and enhance work being done on environmental challenges by colleagues across the University, from STEM to the social sciences, as well as to partners beyond the institution, such as those in government, NGOs and the charity sector. This workshop will identify and establish connections, explore new collaborative opportunities, identify funding streams, and work to develop Plymouth’s potential to be a centre for cutting-edge interdisciplinary approaches.
Led by Dr Mandy Bloomfield and Dr David Sergeant, the event is also supported by the University's Research and Innovation team. At the bottom of this page you can see some examples of recent collaborative work carried out by members of the cluster.
09:00 | Arrival and registration
09:15 | Welcome and introduction
09:30 | Project scoping
Three-minute elevator pitches from Arts Institute researchers, describing their areas of interest and expertise.
This will be followed by round-table discussions, for participants to identify and discuss potential shared interests and opportunities that Environmental Cultures researchers might share with colleagues from Plymouth’s wider research community.
10:30 | Creative showcases
A brief interlude featuring recent interdisciplinary and multimedia collaborations.
11:00 | Project development
In round-tables and with the whole group, a session working to develop, hone and strategize ways forward, including future collaborations and projects.
12:15 | Workshop close, networking and lunch
Who is this event for?
This event will be of most interest to researchers with an interest in sustainability, whether directly relevant such as geography, environmental sciences, marine sciences etc, or as part of their research in other fields such as health, medicine and social sciences. This may also be of interest for environmental groups and local cultural partners who may be looking for collaborative opportunities with the University.