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Planetary Health and the Humanities Conference

Spring 2022
Planetary Health and the Humanities Conference Program
March 31 - April 1

Spring 2022

Planetary Health and the Humanities Conference Program

LocationTexas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, Hullabaloo Room

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required by March 27; please use this form.

Information about travel, hotels, and the Bryan-College Station area can be found here. 

Event Poster
Speakers' Abstracts and Bios


Keynote Lecture:

“Racial Climates, Ecological Indifference”  -  Dr. Nancy Tuana

Nancy Tuana is DuPont/Class of 1949 Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University and was the founding director of the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute.   Dr. Tuana is a philosopher of science and feminist science studies theorist who has been a longtime advocate of interdisciplinary research and education.  Her work on climate justice includes research on the topic of gender and climate change and her forthcoming book Racial Climates, Ecological Indifference: An Ecointersectional Approach, focuses on the infusions of systemic racisms and climate injustice.  Tuana has developed expertise in working as a member of scientific teams to address issues of adaptation to climate impacts that are attentive to the values and lifeways of those impacted.  She is currently a member of the NSF funded Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH) which is developing a climate-resilient decision-making framework that will support coastal communities in the New York City-New Jersey-Philadelphia region and beyond as they navigate a deeply uncertain future.   Her work contributes to MACH's commitment to the authentic integration of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into its practices.
Chair: Emily Brady (Director, Glasscock Center and Philosophy, Texas A&M)


Thursday, March 31st

4:00pm - 6:00pm: Keynote Lecture: Nancy Tuana (Philosophy, Penn State University)

6:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner (provided)

Friday, April 1st

8:30am: Light Breakfast (provided)

Panel 1: Indigenous & Decolonial Approaches to Planetary Health (9:00am - 11:00am)

9:00am - 9:15am: Omar Rivera (Philosophy, Texas A&M University)
“Reflections on Reciprocity”

9:20am - 9:35am: Nicole Redvers (Indigenous Health; Family & Community Medicine, University of North Dakota)
“The Determinants of Planetary Health: Indigenous Community Reflections”

9:40am - 9:55am: Jordan Daniels (Philosophy, Pomona & Pitzer Colleges)
“Mind-Body Dualism and Indigenous Place-Thought: Descartes and Watts on Nature”

10:00am - 10:15am: Mayari Hengstermann (Health Studies, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala)
“Dumped: Impacts of Plastic Pollution Among Rural Indigenous Communities in Santa María Xalapán, Jalapa Guatemala”

10:20am - 11:00am: Q&A

11:00am - 11:15am: Break (light refreshments provided)

Panel 2: Pandemics, Ecology, & Wellbeing (11:15am - 1:15pm)
Chair: John Casellas Connors (Geography, Texas A&M)

11:15am - 11:30am: Rosemary Jolly (English, Penn State University)
“Decolonizing ‘Man’, Resituating Pandemic: An Intervention in the Pathogenesis of Colonial Capitalism”

11:35am - 11:50am: Krithika Srinivasan (Geography, University of Edinburgh)
“Re-animalising Wellbeing: Multispecies Justice After Development”

11:55am - 12:10pm: Robin Chen-Hsing Tsai (English, Tamkang University)
“Climate Change, Zoonosis and Narratives of Disease in Lawrence Wright’s The End of October”

12:15pm - 12:30pm: Kathryn Whitlock (Media Studies, University of Texas Dallas)
"Caring in the Anthro-Capitalocene: The Entanglement of Butterflies, Citizen Science, and Surveillance"

12:35pm - 1:15pm: Q&A

1:15pm - 2:15pm: Lunch (provided)

Panel 3: Climate Change & Planetary Health (2:15pm - 4:15pm)
Chair: Troy Harden (Director, RESI and Sociology, Texas A&M)

2:15pm - 2:30pm: Michelle Meyer (Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M)
“Irregular Disaster to Continually Crisis: The Altruistic Community Under Climate Change”

2:35pm - 2:50pm: Jamie Draper (Politics, University of Oxford)
“Climate Change and Displacement: Towards a Pluralist Approach”

2:55pm - 3:10pm: Daniel Mahoney (Baylor College of Medicine & Texas Children’s Hospital)
“Examining Proposed Solutions to Address Human and Planetary Health in the Face of Climate Change”

3:15pm - 3:30pm: Priya Dave (Harvard Medical School & Mt. Sinai Hospital)
“Green Space Ethics”

3:35pm - 4:15pm: Q&A

4:15pm - 4:30pm: Break (light refreshments provided)

4:30pm - 5:15pm: Roundtable

This is a joint conference between the Global Health Humanities and the Humanities: Land Sea Space initiatives at the Glasscock Center.

This event is co-sponsored by the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute.