Environmental Moral Issues: from literature to science. Hunger.
Most environmental issues were literary, and treated as having a moral dimension, before they became subjects for scientific study. For example, writers in England, from Blake to Orwell, were deeply concerned with environmental consequences of industrialization. This series of occasional seminars aims for a holistic approach, in grappling with environmental moral issues as confronted and explored in literature and science. Among these issues are hunger; mining; deforestation; air and water pollution; public health; and the cost of war.
In the opening seminar, Charles Godfray will speak on scientific approaches to the complex problem of hunger while David Aberbach will outline the literary background, particularly ways in which literature between the time of the Industrial Revolution and World War II reflects the scientific revolution by which extreme hunger became, for the first time in history, conquerable in principle.
Date: 10 February 2023, 12:30 (Friday, 4th week, Hilary 2023)
Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street OX1 3BD
Venue Details: Seminar Room 1
Speakers: Prof David Aberbach (University of Oxford/University of McGill), Professor Charles Godfray (University of Oxford), Dr Sarah Darby (ECI, University of Oxford)
Organising department: Environmental Change Institute
Organiser contact email address: sarah.darby@eci.ox.ac.uk
Host: Oxford Martin School (University of Oxford)
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editor: Sarah Darby