The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) fosters interdisciplinary environmental collaboration and scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, and beyond. Among our core commitments is arts-driven inquiry into place: our campus, the City of Philadelphia, the Delaware River watershed, and beyond. Since 2015, when the Program began, we have worked with artists, alongside scientists, humanists, and civic organizations, to engage a variety of publics around environmental and climate concerns.
The Schuylkill River and Urban Waters Research Corps is a public, cooperative research project organized by Peter DeCarlo (Drexel), Danielle Redden (Bartram's Garden), and Bethany Wiggin (Penn). Formed in 2016, the Schuylkill Corps brings together artists, historians, community organizers, students and scholars together in a bi-weekly seminar to discuss their research and creative practices revolving around one central focal point, the Schuylkill River.
We compiled a brief questionnaire with each of our previous seminar participants that summons us back to the river – to share their perspectives, projects, and experiences on urban waters.
In December 2017, the Data Refuge Stories team traveled to New Orleans to participate in the American Geophysical Union conference. There, they collected over 200 data stories from all 7 continents, 41 states, and outerspace.
In the final contribution to "Ecologies of Data," Mashinka Firunts explores the labor, gendered politics, and affective registers of data maintenance. Firunts asks, "What does the labor of data maintenance look like? How can we visualize what may appear as invisible work?"
A year ago, we asked what tools we need and require in the #Anthropocene, the proposed name for geological epoch when humans are the most potent force in shaping the earth's systems. Throughout the past three days, artists, activists, academics, and professionals, traveled to #Philadelphia to think and imagine together how an #EcotopianToolkit might look and feel. This first attempt at archiving our conversations may prompt their future continuations...
CHRISTOPHER KAO. To an outsider, it seemed like Philadelphia was heading in the wrong direction; I couldn’t grasp why a city with so many passionate individuals against the energy hub would still move in that direction.
DARREN CHANG. What many white animal saviours need to confront is a problematic drive to save every individual animal in denial of ecological realities and the necessity for some Indigenous peoples to kill other species for subsistence.