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Reading Group

The Environmental Humanities Network Reading Group:

Alongside the EHN Events, a reading group will be run and coordinated by Dr. Michael Paye, Dr. Hannah Boast and Giulia Champion.
Everyone is welcome to join and as participants, you will be also invited to propose readings if you wish to share any works you are currently researching.

Friday 21st February 2020 - "The Energy Humanities" POSTPONED TO TERM 3

The reading group will discuss Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe's recent 'duograph', entitled Wind and Power in the Anthropocene, an innovative ethnographic study that emerged from shared fieldwork conducted in Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Boyer's is entitled Energopolitics, Howe's Ecologics, and we will read excerpts from both volumes. Boyer and Howe have kindly agreed to attend our discussion!

In solidarity with the industrial action, the meeting will be held at the Graduate Space, which is located on the second floor of the Student Union (please see Warwick Interactive map here).

The reading group will be running from 3-5pm and coffee, tea and some light refreshments will be provided.

We ask that all attendees register prior to the event, please email g dot champion at warwick dot ac dot uk, and please let us know if you have any dietary and/or accessibility requirements.

This instalment of the reading group is co-organised with Harry Pitt Scott, Nora Castle and Amul Gyawali, the organising committee of the "Flows and Floods: Changing Environments and Cultures" Conference.


  • Joint Preface, from either book, pp. ix-xvii, please find it here and the notes here.
  • Introduction in both books, pp. 1-22 in Howe, here and notes here, and pp. 1-25 in Boyer, here and notes here.
  • Joint Conclusion, from either book, pp. 191-195 in Howe or pp. 194-198 in Boyer, here.
    • Optional:
    • From Howe, 'Chapter 1: Wind', pp. 23-42, please find it here and the notes here.
    • From Boyer, 'Chapter 4: Distrito Federal', pp. 127-157, please find it here and the notes here.

    Wednesday 20th November 2019 - "The Blue Humanities"

    The meeting will be held at the Institute of Advanced Study, which is located in the Zeeman Building (please see Warwick Interactive map here)

    There will be lunch from 12-1 in the common room, followed by the reading group from 1-3 in the adjacent meeting room.

    We ask that all attendees register prior to the event. Please email Michael dot Paye at warwick dot ac dot uk.


    • "The Ship: The Trans*Atlantic" in In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Christina Sharpe (DUP, 2016), here.
    • "The Forgotten Space: Notes for a Film", Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, here.
    • pp. 55-103 in Fish Story, Allan Sekula (Richter Verlag, 1995), here.

    Please see The Forgotten Space's trailer here.

    If you're interested in getting involved or have any questions, please contact Giulia Champion at g dot champion at warwick dot ac dot uk.