Earth, Sea, Sky

Earth ~ Sea ~Sky

An Environmental Humanities Research Network

“Earth, Sea, Sky” is a research network collaborating with the Oecologies Network. It has and will continue to foster new international dialogue in studies of medieval and early modern literature and visual culture. Its central aim is to examine the varied and contested premodern approaches to the natural world, as well as how this premodern archive resonates with contemporary concerns around environmental degradation and global warming. This research network spans three years, 2019-2022, with each year being devoted to one domain. Currently, the Earth, Sea, Sky project is looking closer at the medieval and early modern understandings of the sea.


An Interdisciplinary Conference was held at Oxford University, UK in 2019/2020. Click the link to learn more about the 2019 Earth Conference.


An Interdisciplinary Conference will be hosted by UC Davis in 2020/2021. The current project focusing on Sea has received funding and support from the UCHRI. Click the link to learn more about our current session.


An Interdisciplinary Conference focusing on Sky will be held at the University of British Columbia, BC in 2021/2022. More info will be provided soon.

Want to Learn More?

If you’d like to be added to the Earth, Sea, Sky listserv to stay up-to-date on future events, please email Kirsten Schuhmacher at

  1. Featured Image: Cover image for Earth, Sea, Sky
  2. Earth Image: Portion of “The Tree of Life,” First half of the 17th century. Canvas worked with silk thread; tent, Gobelin, and couching stitches. Met Museum, New York.
  3. Sea Image: Portion of “Water,” Adriaen Collaert, after Maerten de Vos, 1580 – 1584. Hand-colored engraving.
  4. Sky Image: Portion of Christine and the Sybil pointing to a ladder from the heavens, from the Book of the Queen, France (Paris), c. 1410-1414, Harley MS 4431, f. 189v.

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