Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative

Environmental Humanities Initiative

This initiative aims to understand how humanistic interpretations of climate change have altered, or how they might further alter, attitudes and behaviors within China.

Project Title

Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative

The environmental humanities and social sciences promote the cultural transformations necessary—locally, nationally, regionally, and globally—to reduce ecological devastation and prepare for an increasingly uncertain future.

Project Summary

This initiative aims to understand how humanistic interpretations of climate change have altered, or how they might further alter, attitudes and behaviors within China. One area of focus is how cultural “producers,” such as artists or authors, are influenced by ongoing environmental health factors within China—and in turn, what role cultural “products” such as news and social media play in changing the public understanding of these environmental crises. 

See also: 2016

Principal Investigator

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    Karen Thornber

    Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences