About Us

Vcologies is an interdisciplinary, international working group of scholars of the nineteenth century 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 ecological 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?