OBJECTIVES

The environmental crisis, as manifested in issues such as climate change, urban development, and water shortage, continues to be the subject matter of social science research and theory. While the environment has largely been the focus of natural sciences and engineering disciplines, the anthropogenic era strongly involves the built environment and calls for a redefinition of the “natural.” At the same time, theoretical conceptualizations of the social environment, such as habitus, remain core theoretical tools for our understanding of human life and culture. The combination of the natural, physical and social environments as understood and critically problematized by social scientists and humanities scholars call for new social scientific explanations.

The purpose of the conference is to question existing paradigms in topics that bring together the concepts of “culture” and “environment,” to present critical and analytical studies in these themes, and to explore new theoretical and methodological approaches in cultural studies with the challenges of integrating inter and trans-disciplinary perspectives.