Vcologies is an interdisciplinary, international working group of scholars committed to the environmental humanities, the energy humanities, and other ecology-focused approaches. Our working assumption is that the humanities have crucial contributions to make toward the struggle for environmental justice and for a more environmentally responsible society.

Our work is guided by the following broad inquires:

❖ How did concepts such as extinction, biodiversity, and ecology emerge from and shape nineteenth-century literature, science, and culture?

❖ What do literary and cultural histories of the nineteenth century⎯the period of both rapid industrialization and imperial expansion⎯have to contribute to the shaping of environmental narratives today?

❖ What are the implications of writing environmental histories in the ways that we do?

❖ Can we imagine new forms of action consonant with our political moment that build from our study of the nineteenth century?

The header image is a cyanotype of Cystoseira fibrosa by the Victorian photographer Anna Atkins (1799-1871), from Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843). This volume is often considered to be the first book illustrated with photographic images. [public domain]