Nature and Material Culture
The research in this field school explores the larger question of how the historic variation of the cultural category of “nature” expresses itself in the local material culture, and how it influences the way in which we relate with the reality of climate change and the concepts surrounding sustainability and resilience. In other words, how many ways of being in relationship to nature are there, and how do they express themselves through material culture? How do we make things if we think of nature as separated from us, or if we think of us as an integrated part of nature? How is the local perception of nature expressed in material culture and can it be relevant on a global scale?
Transformations to be had
Answers to these type of questions may contribute to the century long theoretical conversation on nature, technology and culture. They may also provide possible local or global solutions to address climate change, both in terms of practices but also in terms of policies that may ultimately reshape the way in which we relate with our environment. This field school considers the connection between cultural attitudes towards the natural environment and the impact of these attitudes on a local scale. In the face of the challenges that come with climate change, it is critical to identify local solutions and consider how they may be scaled that they may be implemented at global level. We hope that this research and the integrated summer school will bring a modest contribution to this endeavor.
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