Symposium and Ceilidh: 50 Years of Radical Human Ecology

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Govan, Glasgow G51 3UU

On the 8th of October 2022, the CHE will host its 50th anniversary celebrations with a symposium followed by a ceilidh in the Pearce Institute in Govan, Glasgow.

Book your ticket now:

Light lunch & supper included if you book by Wednesday 5th October!

A range of price options are available: please note that all funds will go to support the future of CHE and our educational charitable work.


10:30am – 5pm
Billiard Hall, Pearce Institute, Glasgow, Scotland

Since its birth in 1972 at the flowering of the contemporary ecological movement- the same year the Club of Rome published ‘Limits to Growth’- the Centre for Human Ecology has been shining a light on the interactions between social, cultural and ecological systems, including warning of the impacts of human activity on the climate, economic inequality, and the Earth’s carrying capacity. Yet the world has changed significantly in the last 50 years.

This Symposium will reflect on the deepest insights of CHE’s heritage, the present and future of human ecology in Scotland and internationally and invite novel contributions from like-minded thinkers and practitioners.

Programme: Full session information and contributor bios available here

  • Alastair McIntosh: Address on Radical Human Ecology (talk)
  • Alex South: ‘The Path of the Unseen Whale’: Examining the musical relationship between humans and their marine environment (talk / performance)
  • Erin and Emir Devlin: Càrna (exhibition)
  • Hanna Tuulikki: Seals’kin (film screening)
  • Iain MacKinnon, Marie-Angel Chevrier & Emmie McLuskey, with chair Anne Winther: Human Ecology in Practice – Stories of CHE and beyond (panel)
  • Jude Lally: A Keening Circle Honouring Grief. With Story, Ritual & Art (workshop)
  • Lusi Alderslowe: Where human ecology meets permaculture (workshop)
  • Nerea Bello: Sharing landscapes with word, voice and txalaparta (talk / performance)
  • Nick Wilding: Dynamic conversation on human ecology (conversation)
  • Richard Roberts: The Hollow Bone? Human Ecology and its Remit in the Posthuman Condition (talk)
  • Ulrich Loening: A Short history of the early CHE, with lessons for the future (talk)
  • Verene Nicolas: Nonviolent Global Liberation (talk)
  • Luke Devlin & Svenja Meyerricks: The Present and Future of CHE?

*Mairi McFadyen is sadly unable to attend to deliver her previously announced talk.


6pm – 10pm, Macleod Hall

Come join us at our ceilidh, organised by the Ceilidh Collective and hosted by Tara O’Leary (CHE Fellow) as we burl into our next chapter.

We have a wonderful band in Hud Yer Wheesht, a light supper and snacks, a few festive words and lots of chance to connect and discover old and new friends and colleagues from across the decades.

There will be a licensed bar from the ceilidh collective with a range of local and organic wines, beers, soft drinks, and single malts. 

Put your dancing shoes on, and see you there!