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Ph.D., York University, 1997

Professor of Environmental Studies 
Environmental Program / Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources

The Bittersweet Bldg., 153 So. Prospect St., Burlington VT 05401, University of Vermont
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Adrian Ivakhiv is a Professor of Environmental Thought and Culture with a joint appointment in the Environmental Program and the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources. His research and teaching are focused at the intersections of ecology, culture, identity, religion, media, philosophy, and the creative arts. He is the author of Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona (Indiana University Press, 2001) and Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, and Nature (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013), an executive editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, a former president of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and on the editorial boards of several journals including Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, Green Letters, The Journal of Ecocriticism, and two book series in the environmental humanities. 

Adrian's interdisciplinary background includes work in the humanities, creative arts, and social sciences. Canadian by birth, his research on culture and environment has taken him to Kyiv (a.k.a. Kiev), Ukraine, and the Carpathian mountains of east central Europe, Cape Breton Island and Haida Gwaii off either coast of Canada, the U.S. Southwest, and southwest England. In a previous life as a choral conductor and ethno-psych-avant-garage-folk-punk-fusion musician, he performed at monasteries in Egypt, concert stages in Ukraine, and at the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa (honestly, once). When he isn't teaching, researching, writing, or serving on committees (aargh), he makes music, hikes in the Green Mountains, eats Vermont's artisanal cheeses, and reads The Nation, Grist, Spacing, and Ji Magazine. He has lived in Burlington since 2003. From his west-facing window he watches for Champ.

 Read Prof. Ivakhiv's list of 33-1/3 Environmental Studies great books.

Ivakhive Read an interview in Society & Space -- discussing film, philosophy, the eco-humanities, the Anthropocene, & more

Speaking of Faith interview  Listen to an interview with Adrian on Krista Tippett's NPR program "Speaking of Faith" (now "On Being"). Or read the transcript. 

View logo  Read an interview with the University of Vermont "View"

IMMANENCE BLOG  See IMMANENCE: Ecoculture, Geophilosophy, Media Politics -- Adrian's environmental cultural theory blog

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Professor Ivakhiv's research and teaching interests constellate at the intersections of ENVIRONMENTAL THOUGHT (environmental ethics and philosophy) and CULTURAL STUDIES (issues of cultural identity, ethnicity and regionalism, nationalism and transnationalism, media studies, visual culture, social justice, affect and mobilization). While he utilizes humanistic and social scientific methods, his work falls comfortably within what has come to be known as the "ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES." You might think of it as the "Culture of Nature."     

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  • Environmental thought, ethics, & politics
  • Philosophy of nature; theorizing nature/culture; ontology; the Anthropocene
  • Green social & cultural theory; political ecology; new social movements; petrocultures & post-carbon society
  • Continental philosophy, phenomenology, poststructuralism & ecology 
  • Epistemologies of science/politics/religion & environmental knowledge
  • Process-relational philosophies (Whitehead, Peirce, Deleuze, et al.)
  • Actor-network theory, complexity, affect studies, embodied cognition

Green Visual, Cultural & 
Media Studies  

  • Ecocritical studies of cinema, media, & visual culture
  • Environmental communication; ecomedia studies; media ecologies
  • Environmental & land art; environment & performance
  • Place, heritage, & environment in cultural policy studies

Place, Landscape, 
Pilgrimage & Religion

  • Religion & ecology
  • Pilgrimage, ritual, & sacred space
  • Nature religion; Neo-Paganism & Earth spiritualities; implicit religion; global religious politics
  • Indigeneity, land claims, & the cultural politics of "tradition"
  • Regional foci: US Southwest, British Isles, Yucatan, Vermont, and...
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Ecologies of Identity

  • Space, place, landscape, & identity
  • The social construction of (natural, cultural, world) heritage
  • Cultural globalization & anti-globalization movements
  • Regionalism (esp. eco/bioregionalism) & separatist movements

  . . in Ukraine & Eastern Europe 

   . . .  in Eastern Canada    


Some other areas of interest include: 

  • Science and technology studies, esp. actor-network theory, complexity theory, "cosmopolitics," the politics of ontology
  • Psychology, sociology, & politics of knowledge (including anomalistics & conspiracy cultures)
  • The philosophies of A. N. Whitehead, C. S. Peirce, Gilles Deleuze, immanent naturalism, Buddhism (Madhyamika, Tiantai), Daoism, anarchism & radical democracy
  • Contemplative practices and self-cultivation from the ancients (Greece/Rome/India/China) to today
  • See Immanence for more 

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