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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


The Atmospheric Humanities Reading Group meets once a fortnight, on Tuesdays at 3pm in the Board Room, to explore aspects of the air, climate, and atmosphere in a variety of disciplinary contexts. Scholars working in HPS, history, philosophy, English, geography, and atmospheric and allied sciences are very welcome to join us to discuss a set of pre-circulated readings. For further information (including readings), or to be added to the mailing list, please contact the co-conveners Dr Fiona Amery ( and Thomas Banbury (

Lent Term 2024

23 January

'Approaching the atmosphere' – a general introduction to the interdisciplinary meanings of 'atmosphere', and how we might best approach it from a methodological point of view.

6 February

'Health and the self in the atmosphere', focusing on medicine, wellbeing, and embodied interactions with the atmosphere.

20 February

'The spectral atmosphere', the atmosphere as the site of spiritual, supernatural, or uncanny phenomena.

5 March

'Atmospheres out of place', thinking about atmospheric analogies, subterranean and other dislocated atmospheres, and extraterrestrial atmospheres.