African Observatory

Preserving the Earth

Our mission

The African Observatory for Environmental Humanities at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, University of Pretoria seeks to harness and mobilise indigenous forms of nature conservation as a way of engaging with what has come to be described as the anthropocene age. The study at the Centre focuses on research themes that will include but not be limited to, colonial modernity, food systems and the environment; extractivism, disease ecologies and climate change, and climate justice and environmental movements.

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Main Hub

University of Pretoria


Global Humanities Projects


Global Humanities Partners

African Observatory Projects


The Poetics and Politics of Extraction and the Environment

The signature project at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship, this project informs the...


Engaging the Environmental Publics – Seminar Series

Today’s environmental challenges exceed the ability of individual and fragmented research strategies.


Climate Justice and Problems of Scale

The aim of the project is to build “scale literacy” (Horton 2019), to generate a...

Observatory Affiliates

Community members, researchers and scholars.