The first official project meeting just took place, on 27th February at the University of Leeds. Lots of things to discuss—how to integrate the two new postdoc positions and fieldwork into the project timeline, how to collaborate in co-writing articles, when exactly to hold our first, exploratory workshop. We are looking forward to keeping this site updated as our plans progress!
Our project “Corridor Talk: Conservation Humanities and the Future of Europe’s National Parks,” funded jointly by the German Research Council (DFG) and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), launches officially on 1 February 2020 and runs for the next three years. Featuring a team of six researchers, three based at the University of Leeds and three at LMU Munich, this project applies interdisciplinary perspectives derived from a new field partly pioneered at Leeds, conservation humanities, which examines the humanistic aspects of biodiversity loss. These perspectives will be used to consider the past, present, and future of four of Europe’s most iconic national parks: Wadden Sea National Parks, Pyrénées NationalPark, and the Bavarian Forest and Šumava National Parks.