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14 April 2010
Finding ways of living in a viable and ongoing relationship with our environment, including the other human beings and societies that help make up that environment, is an increasingly important issue for all aspects of public and private life.
A one-day conference on May 10, organised by the Cardiff Humanities Research Institute and the Body, Health and Religion Research Group, will explore academic responses to the challenges of sustainability, both in research development and related curriculum innovation.
Focusing specifically on the implications of sustainability for the Humanities, the conference will cover a range of intriguing and pressing questions such as
Speaking about the event, Professor Geoffrey Samuel, of the Cardiff Humanities Research Institute said: "There is a growing impetus for the Humanities to address sustainability issues. We hope that this conference will stimulate the research culture across the University, particularly within the Humanities Schools.
"The aim of the conference is to connect academic development geared to sustainability with related education, learning and collaborative activities within the communities around us. It will also explore possible avenues for future research and projects that might improve sustainability prospects in our local region and the wider Welsh and UK contexts."
Headline presentations at the event will be given by academics from the University and beyond and include Professor Justin Lewis, Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies who will speak on the extent to which the media can support or hinder our responses to sustainability and the environment; Professor Barbara Adam of the School of Social Sciences; Professor Daniella Tilbury, Director of Sustainability at the University of Gloucestershire, and Dr Colin Brooks, Consultant to the Higher Education Academy who will speak on the subject of sustainability and environmental history.
Staff, students and other interested parties are welcome to attend the conference, which takes place on Monday May 10 between 10am-5pm at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. To register, please email Geoffrey Samuel (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating any dietary or access requirements. The full programme of events and further information is available at http://www.cf.ac.uk/chri
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