Performing Environmentalisms


The essays gathered in Performing Environmentalisms: Expressive Culture and Ecological Change, soon to be published by the University of Illinois Press, are crafted by members of DERT who participated in the symposium, “Performing Diverse Environmentalisms: Expressive Culture at the Crux of Ecological Change,” held at Indiana University in 2017. Energized by this synergistic sharing of research and confirmed in our perception that expressive culture lies at the crux of environmental struggles and interventions, we present in this edited book the ripened fruit of a stimulating exchange of ideas that continues to foster collaborative thinking across disciplinary boundaries, conceptual frameworks, and research agendas.

“This collection is enriched by a broad range of disciplinary and analytic perspectives and the authors’ deep and long-standing commitments to the naturalcultural worlds they explore. Readers from across the humanities will find novel points of departure in confronting ecocidal inequalities and all-hands-on-deck challenges to collective survival.”–Charles L. Briggs, author of Unlearning: Rethinking Poetics, Pandemics, and the Politics of Knowledge


The Diverse Environmentalisms Research Team (DERT) hosted our inaugural symposium entitled “Performing Diverse Environmentalisms: Expressive Culture at the Crux of Ecological Change” at Indiana University. DERT is a collaboration of folklorists and ethnomusicologists conducting research on expressive culture and traditional practices as they inspire and ground environmental activism.

The three-day symposium explored new perspectives on the imperative issue of environmental change, by bringing together distinguished scholars concerned with the impact of shifting climate and environment on expressive culture and communities around the world.

Click here to view the symposium program and abstracts.