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Adrian Ivakhiv

Prof. Dr. Adrian Ivakhiv

Carson Fellow

Adrian Ivakhiv is the Steven Rubenstein Professor of environment and natural resources, and a professor of environmental thought and culture, at the University of Vermont. His research and teaching are focused at the intersections of ecology, culture, religion, media, philosophy, and the creative arts. He is the author of Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, and Nature (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2013)and Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona (Indiana University Press 2001). Adrian is also an executive editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (Thoemmes Continuum Press 2005), a past president of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals including Environmental Communication, The Journal of Ecocriticism, Green Letters, the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, and three book series in the environmental humanities. His current book projects include Shadowing the Anthropocene: Eco-Realism for Turbulent Times and Ecocritique Across the Arts: Resonant Themes for Precarious Futures.

RCC Research Project: Development of an International, Transdisciplinary Journal of Media + Environment

Adrian Ivakhiv, James Schwoch, Hunter Vaughan, and Janet Walker are a four-person team collaborating on the development of Media+Environment, a refereed, open-source, multidisciplinary journal of ecomedia research. The journal promotes the publication of work exploring and analyzing the myriad ways that media and environments influence, shape, and inhabit one another. The journal is committed to deepening our understanding of media’s implications in environmental resource extraction and degradation, analyzing mediated representations of environments and climates in stasis and in flux, and exploring the possibilities media hold for new ways of knowledge and sustainable alternatives. The journal promotes and helps shape a growing dialogue among the emergent global and interdisciplinary communities of researchers and acts as a catalyst for decision making and action: a bridge between theory and practice that links scholars to activists and policymakers.

Selected Publications:

  • “The Event That Cannot (Not) Happen.” In Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime, edited by Temenuga Trifonova, 50–61. Routledge, 2017.
  • “On a Few Matters of Concern: Toward an Ecology of Integrity.” In The Variety of Integral Ecologies: Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era, edited by Sam Mickey, Adam Robbert, and Sean Kelly, 257–77. State University of New York Press, 2017.
  • “‘One Must Not Forget This Diplomatic Negotiation.’” Resilience: Journal of Environmental Humanities 4, no.1 (2016): 144–49.
  • “Nature.” In Oxford Handbook of the Study of Religion, edited by Steven Engler and Michael Stausberg, 401–15. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “The Art of Morphogenesis: Cinema in and beyond the Capitalocene.” In Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st Century Film, edited by Shayne Denson and Julia Leyda. REFRAME Press, 2016.
  • with Maria Sonevytsky. “Late Soviet Discourses of Nature and the Natural: Musical Avtentyka, Native Faith, and Environmentalism After Chernobyl.” In Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature, edited by Aaron S. Allen and Kevin Dawe, 135–46. Routledge Research in Music Series, 2015.