WEST VIRGINIA ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY LAB
ENVIRONMENTAL LAB | MULTI-MODAL ETHNOGRAPHY | PEDAGOGY THROUGH PRAXIS | COLLABORATION AND ADVOCACY
The Environment and Society Lab is a curated virtual space for critical pedagogy, community collaboration and advocacy, and creative digital and media interventions. We are anthropologists based at West Virginia University working in the interface of environment and society, dedicated to examining the urgent environmental issues facing the people of West Virginia and Appalachia.
Our Lab is Centered on Four Core Principles
Although cultural anthropology is not traditionally considered a "lab science," we embrace the lab model for its emphases on innovation, experimentation, and creative engagement.
Breaking with the "extractive" model of insular and fire-walled, written analysis of anthropological data, multi-modal ethnography seeks to be public-facing, engaging with broader publics and the multiple media platforms and technologies of our times.
Pedagogy through Praxis
The educational component of the lab emphasizes the value of a pedagogy rooted in active research and learning, as well as a critical praxis that seeks to simultaneously understand the world, engage in the world, and help transform it.
Collaboration and Advocacy
Achieving critical praxis entails working closely with stakeholders and communities and accompanying with and advocating for their struggles. We envision the knowledge we produce as co-created and collaborative with the publics we research and serve.
Contact Daniel.Renfrew@mail.wvu.edu for more information on our project