Experimental Environments Symposium

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


March 6, 2020

ASAP, October 11-13

"Burning Up and Billowing Out: Sustaining Meteorological Climate Data" 

College Park, MD

Endowed Lecture, April 15

"Data's Edge: From Weather Measurement to Disability Justice"

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA


ASEH Annual Meeting, April 11-13

"Disability and Environmental History" 

"Bad Data: Settlers Measuring Dust"

Columbus, Ohio


OAH Annual Meeting, April 4-6, 2019

"Environmental Histories of non-Green Topics," Roundtable

Philadelphia, PA


Biosphere 2, February 21-23

Weather Data Across U.S. Timescales

Tuscon, AZ


New York Poetry Festival, July 28 + 29, 2018

Reading with Anomalous Press

Governor's Island, NYC


The Art of Losing: Information at its Edges

keywords: biodiversity, measurement, anthropocene, data, scientific capture

“The art of losing isn't hard to master, / so many things seem filled with the intent / to be lost that their loss is no disaster,” writes Elizabeth Bishop in her poem “One Art.” In this colloquium, we will investigate the art of losing in the information age. When an object or a field of knowledge is transformed into information, what is captured and what is lost? What forms of matter resist informational capture and where exactly does that matter go? Is loss really, “no disaster?” From lossiness to forgotten or missing information, from dirty data and bad codes to histories of error, we will consider a range of scholarly work from across the environmental humanities, media history, and the history of science.


The final reading list will be developed in conversation with colloquium members, but may include N. Katherine Hayles’ “The Dream of Information” (from My Mother Was a Computer, 2005), Ursula K. Heise's “From Arks to ARKive.org: Database, Epic, and Biodiversity” (from Imagining Extinction, 2016), Kathleen D. Morrison's “Losing Primeval Forests: Degradation Narratives in South Asia,” (from Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, 2016), and excerpts from Elizabeth Lunbeck's  Science without Laws (2007) and Jonathan Stern's MP3: The Meaning of  Format (2012).

This colloquium will meet four times throughout the spring semester at Penn State, University Park.


Center for Humanities + Information,  Fall 2017 Colloquium

Center for Humanities + Information,  Spring 2018 Symposium