In a world where the effects of climate change are increasingly evident, nature can no longer be thought of as separate from culture. We are in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, marked by far-reaching human influence on the earth and its geological development. Humanities research, redefined and based firmly in the real world, is called for. It must be capable of encompassing nature and ecological contexts, social differences and ethics, creative relationships and political identity processes.
Several international researchers visited the research environment during the year. They included Matthew Fuller, professor at the University of London, and Serpil Oppermann, professor at Cappadocia University, Turkey.
The Herbaria 3.0 project funded by the programme surveyed narratives shared by people about their relationships with plants. The stories were presented on a new website.
In September, the programme held a festival on environmental humanities, to convey research to a wider audience and gather various stakeholders involved in sustainability outside academia.