Carnegie Mellon University

Environmental Humanities Research Seminar

EHRS is a place for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to share research with colleagues outside their immediate fields and take part in generous, cross-disciplinary exchange. This year’s sponsors include the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, the CMU Humanities Center, and the CMU History Department. 

Michael Goodhart, Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at University of Pittsburgh, and

Ruth Mostern, Associate Professor of History and Director of World History Center at University of Pittsburgh


Thursday, November 11, at 4:30 PM: public lecture on “Diaries of the Epoch of Loss, or Introducing Some Unanswerable Questions.”

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Access a brief background text here.


Friday, November 12, at noon: seminar discussion of “Epochs of Loss: Toward a Proposal for a Website, a Course, and a Book.”

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Access the corresponding paper here. There is also an Appendix, available here.


This a joint event with the CMU Humanities Center’s Climate Justice initiative.

Upcoming EHRS Events

January 26, 2022, 4:30 pm, location TBD

“The Datafied Animal: Big Data and Wildlife Conservation”

Seminar by Emily Wanderer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Pitt,

with response by Bonnie Fan, PhD Candidate in HCI at CMU

February 23, 2022, 4:30pm, location TBD

“Islands in Flux: Migration and Ecological Change in Early Modern Isolari (Books of Islands)”

Seminar by James Coleman, Assistant Professor of Italian at Pitt,

with response by Emma Slayton, Archaeologist and Data Specialist at CMU Libraries