Editorial Team Profiles

Co-editors-in-chief

Franklin Ginn in a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Geography at the University of Bristol, UK. His research concerns the histories, cultures and philosophies of everyday encounters with nonhumans, across a wider range of geographic and historical settings. He is author of Domestic Wild: Memory, Nature and Gardening in Suburbia (Routledge, 2016), and a range of articles on the urban green, apocalypse and biophilosophy. Franklin is a Rachel Carson Centre alumni, and was a founding member of the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network. His current research projects include vegetal politics and nonhuman economy in Pakistan (funded by the Royal Geographical Society), soil cosmopolitics in Himalayan agriculture (funded by the UK’s GCRF), and speculative work on multispecies space travel.

Dolly Jørgensen is Professor of History at University of Stavanger, Norway. Her research ranges widely in time and subject matter—from medieval waste disposal to modern rewilding projects. She is primarily interested in human-animal relations over time, including the role of technologies and emotions as mediators of human-animal encounters. She is author of Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age: Histories of Longing and Belonging (MIT Press, 2019) and co-editor of New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies (University of Pittsburg Press, 2013), Northscapes: History, Technology and the Making of Northern Environments (UBC Press, 2013), and Visions of North In Premodern Europe (Brepols, 2018). She co-directs The Greenhouse, an environmental humanities research group at University of Stavanger, and was two-term President of the European Society for Environmental History (2013-2017).

Associate Editors

Andrea Gaynor is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Western Australia. An environmental historian, her research seeks to use the contextualising and narrative power of history to assist transitions to more just and sustainable societies. Her most recent book, co-authored with Richard Broome, Charles Fahey and Katie Holmes, is Mallee Country: Land, People, History (Monash University Publishing 2019). She has held fellowships with the Rachel Carson Center, University of Bristol and National Library of Australia, and is convenor of the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network and Vice-President of the European Society for Environmental History. She teaches world environmental history and Australian history at UWA and is currently researching histories of Landcare in Western Australia, water in Australian urbanisation and nature in Australian urban modernity.

Katja Kwastek is Professor of modern and contemporary art history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and one of the co-founders of the Environmental Humanities Center at the VU, hosted by the Interfaculty Research Institute CLUE+. Her research focuses on processual, digital and post-digital art, in the broader contexts of art history, media aesthetics, and the environmental humanities. Under the notion of ‘slow media art’, she researches artworks which explores the interrelations of human and non-human, technological, cultural and biological timeframes. She has lectured internationally and published many books and essays, including her “Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art” (MIT Press, 2013). In 2019, she co-edited a special issue of the Journal of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present on the topic of slowness.

Jamie Lorimer is an environmental geographer based in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Jamie’s research explores the histories, politics and cultures of wildlife conservation. Past projects have ranged across scales and organisms – from elephants to hookworms. Most recently he has been working on the social dimensions of the microbiome, tracing the rise of the microbial human and developing methods for engaging publics with next generation sequencing (www.goodgerms.org). In 2018, he will be on a British Academy Fellowship writing a book about a probiotic turn in the governance of life in the Anthropocene. This project will draw together past work in rewilding inside and beyond the human body. Jamie will also be embarking on a new interdisciplinary project on the futures of animal sourced foods. This project is funded by the Wellcome Trust. Jamie is the author of Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature (Minnesota, 2015).

Salma Monani is Associate Professor at Gettysburg College’s Environmental Studies department. As a humanities scholar her research and teaching include explorations in literary ecocriticism and cine-ecocriticism. She is co-editor (with Joni Adamson) of Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos (Routledge/Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Literature, 2016), and has co-edited, with Steve Rust and Sean Cubitt, Ecocinema Theory and Practice (Routledge/AFI 2013), and Ecomedia: Key Concepts (Routledge/Earthscan, 2015). Many of her publications explore Indigenous media’s ecocritical dimensions and have appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Studies in American Indian Literature (SAIL), Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE), Environmental Communication and NECSUS. She was a writing fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany (2015-2016). She is visiting scholar at the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS) at the University of Colorado-Boulder (2017-2018), where she is working on a monograph, Indigenous Ecocinema: Decolonizing Practices from North America.

Hannes Bergthaller is a professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan. He is a founding member and past president of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment (EASLCE), and a research fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. His work focuses on the literature and cultural history of modern environmentalism (particularly in the US), systems theory and neocybernetics, and environmental philosophy. Together with Eva Horn (U Vienna, Austria), he co-authored The Anthropocene: Key Issues for the Humanities (Routledge, 2020). Other recent publications include the edited volume Framing the Environmental Humanities (with Peter Mortensen, 2018), and special issues on petrofiction (Green Letters, 2019) and the representation of climate change (Metaphora, 2017). In his current research project, he brings together Niklas Luhmann’s theory of social systems and the cultural history of fossil energy.

Stephanie Posthumus is Associate Professor of European literatures in McGill University’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. A pioneering scholar of French ecocriticism, she has published articles in leading journals such as Mosaic, French Studies, Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment, and Fixxion. Her co-edited collection French Thinking about Animals (2015) opens up a cross-disciplinary dialogue around the animal question in France today, while her monograph French Écocritique: Reading French Theory and Fiction Ecologically proposes new readings of the work of Félix Guattari, Bruno Latour, and Michel Serres (University of Toronto Press, March 2017). In the emerging area of the Digital Environmental Humanities (www.dig-eh.org), she is exploring the ways in which digital text analysis can be used in the environmental studies. She has recently been engaging with posthumanism as a way of understanding our relationships with and responsibilities towards animals, machines, and plant matter.

Inge Konik is a Senior Lecturer in philosophy at the Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. She teaches environmental ethics, indigenous value systems, ecofeminism, continental philosophy, and film theory. Her current research is focused on materialist ecological feminism, ecologically promising value systems like ubuntu, the discursive politics of emerging environmental movements, transformations in higher education, South African socio-cultural and politico-economic change under neoliberalism, and environmental and feminist cinema. Her writing on these topics has appeared in journals such as Environmental Values, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies, and the South African Journal of Art History.

Stefan Skrimshire is an Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, where he teaches political and eco-theology, and continental philosophy. He works mainly on the role of religious faith – and apocalyptic and utopian belief in particular – on political activism, having previously written about activist responses to the war on terror (Politics of Fear, Practices of Hope, 2008) and climate change (Future Ethics, 2010). His current focus is on responses to the global extinction crisis, and the new visibility of religion and spirituality in a time of ecological emergency. He is the lead researcher on two projects about theologies and philosophies of extinction: Religion and Extinction Network (AHRC), and Thinking Through Extinction (AHRC, with Manchester Museum), and leads the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities doctoral network, Imagining and Representing Species Extinctions. He is currently writing a monograph, Eschatology and Extinction, which looks at the various ways in which end-time belief continues to inform our responses to planetary crises.

Living Lexicon Editors

Kiu-wai Chu Kiu-wai Chu is Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities and Chinese Studies at Nanyang Technological University. He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature in University of Hong Kong, andhis previous degrees from SOAS University of LondonandUniversity of Cambridge.He was a visitingFulbrightscholarin University of Idaho, and Postdoctoral Fellows in University of Zurich and Western Sydney University. His research focuses on environmental humanities,comparative ecocriticism,and contemporary cinema and visual art in Asia. Hiswork has appearedinTransnational Ecocinema;Oxford Bibliographies, Journal of Chinese CinemasAsian Cinema; Chinese Environmental Humanities and elsewhere. 

Miriam Tola is assistant professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Lausanne where she is a member of the Institute of Geography and Sustainability. Her research explores the intersections between gender, race and materiality in political imaginaries of the environment. Her publications on subjects including the politics of the commons, the rights of nature and ecosexual documentaries have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Feminist Review, South Atlantic Quarterly, Theory & Event, Environmental Humanities and Feminist Studies. She is currently completing the book The Commons Reimagined: Feminist and Decolonial Perspectives and working on an edited collection on the feminist/queer reinvention of care amidst capitalist ruins. From 2016-2018 she was on faculty at Northeastern University. Prior to her academic work, she was a film critic in Italy and the United States. Her work is available at miriamtola.org

Editorial Assistant

Gitte Westergaard is a PhD candidate in Environmental Humanities at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Her research interests comprise questions related to museum practices and heritage management more broadly, shaping human understanding and relation to nature. She holds a B.A. in History of Ideas and an M.A. in Sustainable Heritage Management from Aarhus University, during which she examined heritage practices in the U.S. Virgin Islands through contemporary uses of fragmented European ceramics. She is currently working with the research project ‘Beyond Dodos and Dinosaurs: Displaying Extinction and Recovery in Museums’, where she researches the appearance of extinct insular species within museums through the lens of coloniality and narrative-building of mass extinction.

Former Editorial Team Members

Thom van Dooren and Deborah Bird Rose (founding Co-Editors), Liz DeLoughrey (Co-Editor), Marco Amiero, Julie Doyle, David Farrier, Astrida Neimanis, Cecilia Asberg (Associate Editors), Kate Wright and Emily O’Gorman (Living Lexicon Editors)

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