Our global projects are being conducted at eight research observatories, the HfE African Observatory, the HfE Asia-Pacific Observatory, the HfE Australia-Pacific Observatory, the HfE Circumpolar Observatory, the HfE East Asia Observatory, the HfE European Observatory, the HfE Latin American Observatory, and the HfE North American Observatory.
The Africa Observatory aims to pay attention to indigenous forms of ecology and how these serve to conserve the environment and contribute to a more healthy and balanced ecosystem.
Asia-Pacific Observatory aims to work toward a blue humanities, employing “the Pacific” as a contact zone, method, and concept to examine the dynamic and shifting relationship between land and sea that allows literatures, arts, and other cultural productions in the trans-Pacific context to be engaged in their eco-poetic complexity.
The Australia-Pacific Observatory aims to explore and translate the concept of ‘caring for country’, a unique tradition of philosophical and practical ecology that has been espoused and practiced by Indigenous Australians and Islanders for centuries.
The HfE Circumpolar Observatory is a network distributed throughout the Arctic and Subarctic. Its hub is the Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri, Iceland.
While Humanities scholars in Asia are taking on a variety of environmental concerns, the East Asia Observatory is focusing on the impact of agriculture with respect to environmental and climate problems, and examining agricultural and food ethics from East Asian perspectives.
The European Observatory seeks new insights into the human condition as it relates to global climate change, to explore its root problems and possible solutions.
The Latin American Observatory is headquartered at the Universidad de la Amazonia, which is networking universities throughout Latin America and North America. This Observatory is set to engage in a series of scientific, and academic exchanges with institutions and among academics in Colombia and around the world who are focusing on the themes of water justice and peace.
Each of the North American Observatory projects and activities seeks to integrate the humanities and arts centrally in linked local, regional, and global collaborations with the expanding network of HfE Observatories around the world.