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Durham University

Centre for Culture and Ecology

Centre for Culture and Ecology

What We Do

The Centre for Culture and Ecology consists of a group of scholars and researchers who work on environmental issues from a range of different disciplines. We are particularly interested in thinking ecology as constitutively implicated in struggles around class, gender, race and sexuality. The Centre hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the newly launched series on “Capitalism, Nature and Climate Change.” The Centre aims to foster and stimulate debate between scholars, activists and the general public around pressing current ecological issues.

Talk Series: Capitalism, Nature and Climate Change

Thanks to the efforts of activists across the globe, the Climate Crisis is now at the forefront of public debate. What this series aims to address is the centrality of understanding capitalism to tackling the climate crisis. This series takes as its starting point the idea that the climate crisis must be understood as a crisis of capitalism. The talks address this issue from a variety of different perspectives. The series is open to the public.

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CCE Reading Group:

This is a student-led group aimed to discuss, on a monthly basis, canonical and contemporary work in the field of Environmental Humanities. It welcomes researchers interested in environmental issues from a range of perspectives. Readings are selected by means of open consultation, according to the participants' interests and in light of presentations and talks hosted by the Centre. It is led by Claudia Dellacasa, Marco Pavanini, and Rasmus Sandnes-Haukedahl.

Further Information

Forthcoming Events

CCE Reading Group

12th December 2019, 10:00 to 11:30, A56, Elvet Riverside 1, DH1 3JT.

The Centre for Culture and Ecology reading group continues this term. This group offers a chance to examine and discuss recent and classic texts from the critical humanities that concern the interrelations between natural and cultural systems, and pertain to urgent environmental and social issues. We meet two or three times a term, and newcomers will always be welcome.

In this session we will discuss chapters 1, 2, and 8 of Philippe Descola's Beyond Nature and Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2013, originally published in French by Éditions Gallimard, 2005.

For further information about the reading group please contact For an electronic copy of the book please contact Barbara at

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Research Projects

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