"The Politics of Gaia" keynote available to be watched

Feverish World’s Burack Keynote Lecture by Bruno Latour, featuring Vermont poet-laureate Chard deNiord, historian of literature Robert Boschman, Molly Ruprecht speaker and artist Torkwase Dyson, and NPR’s Steve Paulson, can now be watched on YouTube, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTeNn_mxhwk

Here’s the program:

0’00”: Introductory comments by Adrian Ivakhiv

9’50”: “Dispatch from Gaia” by Chard deNiord

16’00”: “Dispatches from Gaia” by Bruno Latour

1’01’20”: Panel discussion, featuring Robert Boschman, Torkwase Dyson, and Bruno Latour, moderated by Steve Paulson (with questions from audience)

The Politics of Gaia - Bruno Latour, PhD, with Adrian Ivakhiv (introduction), Chard deNiord (poetry), Steve Paulson (facilitation), Robert Boschman (discussant), Torkwase Dyson (discussant)

Feverish World is almost here (pre-symposium begins)

The pre-symposium events have begun with the launching of the ScreenWorks video series, displayed on monitors in the hallways of the University of Vermont’s new Cohen Hall for Integrative Creative Arts. This week students and other volunteers are helping Nele Azevedo with the construction of 1,000 ice figures for Minimum Monument.

Registration is now available for multiple events including Pauline Jennings’ “Seeking Nourishment in a Feverish World” (her work pictured below), both from the Registration page and from the Program.

Elizabeth Seyler’s article in Seven Days presents more about the symposium. Other details, including an updated Program, have been added to this web site and to our Facebook event page, Instagram account, and Press Gallery page.


Feverish World is approaching...

“Feverish World 2018-2068: Arts and Sciences of Collective Survival” is rapidly approaching. A tentative program is available here and the list of speakers and featured guests is being updated regularly.

FW Logo designed by Jonathan Harris

We now have some 40 artists preparing TentWorks, which will be displayed indoors and (mostly) outdoors at UVM campus and around town. Registration will soon be available for a few of the events, including Pauline Jennings’ performative riddle-walk through the city and Anne Bourne’s Deep Listening and Community Sounding exercise, as well as for reading TextWorks in advance of the two roundtables (“Art versus Ecocide in a Feverish World” and “Transdisciplinary Strategies for a Feverish World”).

Best of all, Feverish World is entirely free and open to the public. This means that we do not provide much food (good and inexpensive food options will be available) nor any housing for visitors coming from out of town. We recommend the usual places for finding accommodations (Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Priceline, et al.). If there is enough interest, we will try to set up a list for potential homestays (“artists visiting artists,” “scholars visiting scholars,” “activists visiting activists”… that sort of thing). Let us know if you are interested by writing to ecoculture@uvm.edu with “Homestays” in the Subject line.

We look forward to seeing you here in October!

Feverish World logo by Jonathan Harris, 2018.

In Production


UVM undergraduate Anabel Sosa interviews Win Smith, the owner and CEO of the Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT. Her research focuses on the impact that climate change has on ski areas and the surrounding communities, and will be shot and edited into a short documentary with support from the Ecoculture Lab's Ecomedia Mentor Program.

UVM Earth Week Gala


To UVM students, faculty, and staff: The ENVS 195 Environmental Literature, Arts & Media class will be hosting an Earth Week Eco-Arts Gala Exhibition, to take place on Wednesday April 18 at the Silver Maple Ballroom in the Davis Center, 10 am to 4:30 pm.

If you are working on, or have recently completed, any environmentally oriented art work in any medium -- literature, visual art, music/sound art, theater, dance, performance, new media, mixed media, et al -- and would like to have it included in the exhibition, please let us know about it,

so that we can consider including it in the exhibition.

And if you are interested in helping to organize it, promote it, or otherwise make it a lively and enjoyable event, please also let us know. (Offers of live music and performance welcome!)


Adrian Ivakhiv (aivakhiv@uvm.edu) Lisa Liotta (Lisa.Liotta@uvm.edu) Finn Yarbrough (Finn.Yarbrough@uvm.edu)




The Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), having once attracted a diverse population from around the globe, still struggles to recover from the collapse of the industry that fueled its growth. This industry contributed to Canada’s highest rates of cancer and other chronic illness when it created one of the worst environmental disasters in North America. Yet the departure of the Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation triggered an economic disaster as well, fracturing the CBRM’s vibrant social mosaic and tempting some to dream of its return. To visit the CBRM today is to witness the result of hundreds of million dollars in remediation, and the city stands as a testament to the strength of its people. Yet beneath the earth lies a parallel city, an underworld of dreams, a bringer of prosperity and of death.

There are unsteady boundaries between nature and culture, the landscape and its people. When dominion over nature becomes oppression of the human body and soul, the key to both social and environmental resilience may be turned by the same hand.