Yale Institute of Sacred Music launches multi-disciplinary ecology and arts initiative
By Hanwen Zhang
February 3, 2023
The Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s “Religion, Ecology, and Expressive Culture” initiative tackles the climate crisis through religion, art and culture.
The Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s new “Religion, Ecology, and Expressive Culture” initiative — which seeks to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among the humanities and sciences in the face of climate change — held its first event last week.
The initiative — which was launched in January — will provide funding for projects, art exhibits and public events that engage with the current ecological crisis. The initiative plans to center its efforts around three distinct themes: “Sacred Cosmologies” will explore the relations between humanity, the cosmos and ecological systems; “Ritual Natures” will study cultural portrayals of natural forms such as rocks and trees; and “Extraction and Disposal in Expressive Culture” will consider the sociopolitical consequences of resource consumption and environmental justice.