The Aarhus University Centre for Environmental Humanities (CEH) is concerned with re-engaging the environment in disciplines such as history, religion, literature and media, ethics, archaeology, anthropology, education, and artistic practice – all with a specific interest in reflecting on present concerns in a deep historical perspective. In the face of the profound environmental crises that loom large in politics and the popular imagination, exploring the cultural interfaces of different societies and their surroundings, synchronically and diachronically, has attained a new urgency. The AU CEH aims to bring together hitherto isolated Environmental Humanities scholars at Aarhus University, and to provide a major longer-term catalyst for the diverse research conducted under its aegis.


Felix Riede udnævnt til professor MSO

2018.01.29 | News from the management

Arkæolog Felix Riede er udnævnt til professor MSO i miljøhumaniora med særlig fokus på fortidens klima og ekstreme hændelser.

Centre for Environmental Humanities receives International Network Programme grant

2017.11.10 | Grants

Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education supports the Aarhus-Cape Town Environmental Humanities Partnership with 272.197 DKK. These funds will strengthen collaborations between researchers in the Global North and Global South and support the next generations of environmental humanities scholars.

Heather Swanson

Centre for Environmental Humanities receives interdisciplinary network funding

2017.06.15 | Grants

The Centre for Environmental Humanities (CEH) has been awarded a total of DKK 274.135 by the Committee for Research and External Cooperation at Aarhus University to grow its scope and scale. This expansion will be led by CEH Deputy Director Heather Swanson.


Fri 23 Mar
12:00-13:15 | Building 1463, Room 616 (Nobelparken)
CEH Lunch-time Seminar
With Rune Aardal Hansen, PhD student, Department of Business Development and Technology, AU.
Fri 20 Apr
12:00-13:15 | Building 1453, Room 215 (Nobelparken)
CEH Lunch-time Seminar
With Astrid Andersen, Assistant Professor, Aalborg University.
Fri 01 Jun
12:00-15:00 | Building 1453, Room 215 (Nobelparken)
CEH Special End of the Year Event


Felix Riede


Phone: 87162083



Heather Anne Swanson

Deputy Director

Phone: 87462954


Dehlia Hannah

Research Curator

Phone: 25373327




Core Group Members


Felix Riede

Professor with special responsibilities, research programme dire
P +4560187382

Deputy Director

Heather Anne Swanson

Associate professor
H bldg. 4236, 112
P +4587162954
P +4520145994


Nils Ole Bubandt

H bldg. 4236, 120
P +4587162116
P +4560940266

Jan Dietrich

Associate professor, research programme director

Jens Krasilnikoff

Associate professor

Related educational programmes

Students from across the arts and sciences are welcome to participate in our activities.

Student and Alumni Working Group

This is a voluntary networking, research, and project group for Aarhus University students and recent graduates. The group (led by students and recent alumni) holds meetings, organizes seminars of interest to its members, and fosters critical thinking about environmental issues.    

For more information and to join the group's email list, please contact CEH at ceh@cas.au.dk

See also CEH events calendar for upcoming activities.

CEH Small Grant

Guidelines for applying for a CEH Small Grant


Applications for small grants can be submitted at any time. Please allow up to one month for a funding decision. Proposals will be evaluated by a committee composed of core CEH members.


A proposal should be 1-2 single spaced pages. It should specify the project’s relevance to the environmental humanities and its benefit to the AU environmental humanities community. It should include a one-page budget (including any other sources of funding). We will consider requests for up to 5000 DKK.


All staff and students at AU are welcome to apply. Funding can be used for research projects, as well as for conferences/events. Priority will be given to collaborative efforts that involve more than one CEH member. Co-applications from CEH members are strongly encouraged. Students applying for research funding must be working collaboratively with either a CEH member or their supervisor. We will also consider requests to fund Open Access status for articles, but in this case, we ask that at least two of the authors be CEH members.


If awarded funds, projects are required to acknowledge CEH funding in publications and presentation and to write a brief summary of the event/project for the newsletter, including photo(s) if possible. Funded projects are also encouraged to use the CEH logo as appropriate.


Proposals should be submitted as either MS Word or PDF files to ceh@cas.au.dk


If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact CEH at ceh@cas.au.dk

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Then please use the link below and follow the instructions under the header 'Subscribing to ceh.list.arts':