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Ph.D., York University, 1997

Steven Rubenstein Professor for Environment and Natural Resources / Professor of Environmental Thought and Culture 
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 Studies at the University of Vermont, with a joint appointment in the Environmental Program and the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources. He currently holds the Steven Rubenstein Professorship for Environment and Natural Resources and heads the EcoCulture Lab, which organizes collaborative engagements between ecologically oriented artists, scientists, humanists, and the broader community. He was recently named a University Scholar at the University of Vermont.

His research and teaching are focused at the intersections of ecology, culture, identity, religion, media, philosophy, and the creative arts. His books include Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona (Indiana University Press, 2001), Ecologies of the Moving Image: Cinema, Affect, and Nature (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013), and Shadowing the Anthropocene: Eco-Realism for Turbulent Times (Punctum Books, 2018). With its historical breadth and theoretical innovation, Ecologies of the Moving Image has been called "capacious and authoritative," "groundbreaking," a "landmark contribution" to the growing field of ecological cultural studies, and the first book of "eco-film-philosophy." Expanding and deepening the eco-philosophy of the earlier book, Shadowing the Anthropocene presents a process-relational "philosophy of life," a philosophy that sees images as part of the battleground in which humans contest the meanings of an increasingly turbulent world. His current work includes projects on the Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion and the philosophy of time, "regimes of the image," ecological themes and approaches across the arts, and an anthology of writings on spiritual practice.

Prof. Ivakhiv has served as president of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, an executive editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (Thoemmes Continuum Press, 2005), co-editor of the new international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal Media+Environment, and on the editorial boards of several journals including Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, Green Letters, The Journal of Ecocriticism, Environmental Communication, and two book series in the environmental humanities. His articles have been published across numerous disciplines including film and media studies, cultural and literary studies, religious and pilgrimage studies, human geography, and Ukrainian studies. He has been interviewed by popular radio personality Krista Tippett, profiled in a book of "post-Continental" philosophers, and invited to speak on four continents and in over a dozen countries.

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 late- and post-Soviet Ukraine (including a year in 1989-90 as Canada-USSR Scholar studying the cultural impacts of the Chernobyl nuclear accident), the Carpathian mountains of east central Europe, Cape Breton Island and Haida Gwaii off either coast of Canada, and to other sites of cultural-ecological contestation in the U.S. Southwest, southwest England, central and eastern Europe, and elsewhere. In a previous life as a choral conductor and ethno-psych-avant-garage-folk-thrash 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 attending committee meetings (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. (Grad students preparing for their comps, take note!)

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

Watch the Environmental Humanities Book Chat on his book Ecologies of the Moving Image

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.

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

IMMANENCE BLOG  Read & follow Immanence, Adrian's environmental cultural theory blog

25 And here are 25 other cool things about Adrian (that once you've read you can't unread... but try!)

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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
  • Eco-arts; environmental & land art; environment & performance
  • Place, heritage, & environment in cultural policy studies

Place, Landscape, 
Pilgrimage & Religion

  • Pilgrimage, ritual, & sacred space
  • Spiritual practice; the "spiritual turn"; civil & implicit religion
  • Religion & ecology; Nature religion; Neo-Paganism & Earth spiritualities
  • Indigeneity, land claims, & the cultural politics of "tradition" & aboriginality
  • The politics of "ecological sacrifice zones"
  • 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
  • Sites of "dissonant" ecological 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 (Tiantai, Chan/Zen), 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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