Environmental Humanities in a Global World

An international summer school (15 ECTS, BA and MA-level) at the University of Copenhagen, 1 August to 20 August 2022 (including Saturdays).

It is becoming increasingly clear that “hard” science alone cannot solve the global environmental problems such as climate change, nature degradation, biodiversity loss etc. in a world where social practices and cultural values, traditions and imaginaries shape and frame the way people lead their lives, our concept of environmentally relevant and crisis-mitigating knowledge must be broadened. Ecological injustice, the interaction between people and new green and old “dirty” technologies, global systems of exchange of knowledge, cross-cultural translations of sustainability policies such as the UN SDGs as well as narratives about and aesthetic expressions of a global crisis are all aspects that call for investigations and solutions from the humanities. 

In this summer school, we will investigate social and cultural aspects of the environmental crisis and sustainable transitions. Specifically, we will explore how methods and theories from the humanities can be mobilized to understand the crisis and facilitate sustainable transitions while at the same time taking into account the particular and varied local, regional and transnational manifestations of the environmental crisis.

Summer school students will be introduced to a selection of relevant theoretical perspectives from within the humanities ranging from anthropology and cultural studies to history and philosophy. The summer school will further train students to employ a range of humanistic methods; ethnographic methods (e.g. participant observation and interviews), discourse analysis, and visual analysis.

During the summer school, a core team of researchers alongside selected guest lecturers will guide students through methods and theories. While lectures from professionals and field trips to organizations working with environmental crisis-mitigation and sustainable transitions in society at large will give students a practitioner’s perspective.

Thus, students will engage with a broad range of actors both inside and outside the university and will be trained in applying their theoretical and methodological knowledge in practice through group projects.

NOTE! The course is open for online and physical participation. However, we will point out that online participation will not be the same social experience as physical participation.

Application deadlines

  • First round: 1 April
  • Second round: 1 June (after availability)




Students must apply by 1 April by submitting application form including relevant documents. Deadline for second round of applications in case of remaining seats is 1 June.

Applicants who have passed a minimum of one year of bachelor-level studies are eligible to apply for admission.

Students must include a motivation letter expressing why they would like to take this course, previous relevant experience, and plans for future studies (maximum one page).

Accepted students will be notified before the end of April.

Access the application form