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Exploring Global Environmental Challenges in the Anthropocene

The HfE Observatories are piloting projects and research that seeks to answer questions about the role of the humanities in a time in which human activity is significantly reshaping the geological future of the planet. These questions include, Can the humanities produce new modes of knowledge necessary to guide global and local decision-makers? What motivates human action? Can we learn from how humans have perceived, adapted to, and engaged with challenges such as tobacco use, pesticides, chloro-fluoro-carbon (CFC) gasses, HIV/AIDS?

By answering such questions, HfE seeks not only enrich our understanding of the human past but also help us understand, engage with, and address global environmental challenges.

Rather than defining a single research agenda adequate to these inquiries, HfE has established eight research ‘observatories’ –in Africa, Asia, Australia, Circumpolar North, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

HfE Website Funding

The Humanities for the Environment (HfE) website is funded by Arizona State University’s Environmental Humanities Initiative in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Office of the Dean of Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Additional funding was provided by the Sydney Environmental Institute and the Bifrost Project.

In its first phase, the HfE website received its funding for development as part of the larger Integrating the Humanities Across National Boundaries $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). Additional funding was provided by Arizona State University's Office of the President, Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research (IHR), and the Humanities Institute at Wake Forest University.

Web Development Team

Lead: Joni Adamson, Arizona State University
Web Design and Development: Patricia Ferrante
Filming, Editing and Post Production: Arina Melkozernova, Arizona State University