The Blue Humanities Lab is a collaborative project, which emerged from the College of Arts, Society and Education at James Cook University (JCU) and expanded to include researchers and academics from other institutions. Situated around the issues of climate change and the ‘blue’ spaces of our world – reefs, oceans, rivers, and inland bodies of water, we critically reflect on ways the humanities and social sciences can improve our knowledge of cultures, histories, publics and practices. Founded in 2020, we explore and develop ‘blue’ approaches to interdisciplinary research and engagement in better understanding the human relationship with water or the absence of water. The Lab comprises members from disciplines including anthropology, history, literary studies, and political science.
- Colonial place-making, cartography, and naming practices
- Environmental politics, networks and policy
- Indigenous aesthetics, film, art and photography
- Postcolonial literature, print culture, modernism/modernity and the Pacific
- Shakespeare, ecocriticism, place-based theatre and education
- The environmental history of northern Australia
Environmental Communication: Science Inspired and Arts Delivered. Call for Symposium abstracts is now open. Download flyer here. | Register your attendance here.
Falling From The Sky Exhibition: Opens May 5 and will be displayed at The Cairns Institute, Lux Gallery and the JCU Library on Nguma Bada Campus, Smithfield.
2022: Blue Humanities Lab public seminar - Visualizing the Reef: Creating a sense of planet through natural history television on the ABC, with Professor Gay Hawkins FAHA .Institute of Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Held Thursday 17 November 2022.
2020: The Lab presented at the ACHRC Humanities in the Regions Conference. View the presentation here.
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