Pre-Modern Environmental Humanities (PMEH)

The Pre-Modern Environmental Humanities Working Group (PMEH) is dedicated to exploring the ways the environmental humanities can be used to understand pre-modern societies and cultures (pre-1750 CE). We want to have a place where we can think about methods for understanding past environments, the relationship between pre-modern studies and environmental humanities, and the role of pre-modern studies in conceptualizing the current climate catastrophe. Once a month, participants will meet to discuss previously circulated readings related to scholarship on pre-modern environments and cultures. The group is open to anyone interested in the pre-modern world and the environment, including those from Anthropology, Classics, Forestry and Environmental Studies, History, Medieval Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Renaissance Studies.