Environmental Humanities

Institution: Ca’ Foscari University of Venice / Università Ca’ Foscari

Department: Asian and North African Studies

Description: The master’s degree explores the role humanities are called to play in times of environmental crisis, generating socio-ecological awareness and inspiring sustainability transformations. It embraces the emergent paradigm of Environmental Humanities, aimed at sustaining cultural and ethical change to protect and nourish life on our planet. The program is based on a careful analysis of interactions between cultural, social, and natural systems at local and global level. It is informed by a multidisciplinary approach, bridging the gap between the natural sciences, social sciences, and a variety of fields across the humanities. The course nurtures the skills of future practitioners in the fields of culture, education, arts, science, and policy making, to make them capable of envisioning together a sustainable and just future for the biosphere, inclusive of humans and more-than-human entities. To fulfill this mission in an era characterized by complex multi-ethnic societies and climate-induced migrations, the course tackles environmental issues from a global history and intercultural perspective. Teachings embed cultural and social sensitivity as a tool to comprehend and regenerate the relationship between humans and natural environments. This entails also the exploration of traditional knowledge and practices that contribute to nature conservation across the globe.

Degrees Granted: MA

Level: Graduate

Country: Italy

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