Environment, Health and Humanities

Playa Manzanillo

Environment, Health + Humanities (EnH+Hu) in Latin America is as a cross-disciplinary approach that brings together history, philosophy, cultural studies, art and literature, social theory, environmental science, global health, energy, and technology studies (STS) to offer new forms of critical representation and narration of the politics of nature and health in the region. By virtue of its hybrid nature, EnH+Hu combines skills, methods, and theories from several humanities disciplines to the analysis of problems and issues of high relevance for society in the context of new science and technology developments.

CLACS EnH+Hu grew out of the Hemispheric Indigeneity in Global Terms project that looked at the resilience of Native and Indigenous communities in the region. Their marginality but also centrality after centuries of negligence, persecution, repression and attempts at integration is remarkable. The project became a scholarly perspective that in comparative/contextual fashion has been looking at Indigenous worldviews, in particular the ones related to self-representation and governability, health and environment, and the ontology of being Native/Indigenous in today’s global age.

EnH+Hu and HI are ongoing collaborative programs between CLACS and many departments, units, scholars, and students at Duke University and beyond.