The arts, culture and the humanities offer creative ways the understand, and change, the relationship between human societies and the natural environment. EUC researchers are exploring how we think about the natural world through alternative, and especially Indigenous, forms of environmental knowledge; how scientific and cultural knowledge can work in unison; and how racialized and gendered identities shape relationships to nature. Researchers are also using film, podcasting, visual art, creative writing and performance to challenge our understanding of the environment.
Professors Lisa Myers and Sheila Colla, together with artist and educator Dana Prieto, are running the Finding Flowers project which grows, revitalizes and cares for native pollinator gardens as art installations, and as spaces for community contemplation and knowledge co-production. The project is collaborating with art galleries and First Nations communities in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
Professor Gosine’s new book Nature’s Wild shows how homosexuality in the Caribbean has been shaped by a colonially influenced human/animal divide.
Environmental Studies PhD student Chandra Maracle is a member of the Mohawk First Nation and explores the links between food, art, language and land.
Professor Sandilands has published widely in the environmental humanities. As a Trudeau Foundation Fellow, she convened Storying Climate Change: Narrative, Imagination, Justice, Resilience.