As interconnected biodiversity, climate, water and related socio-ecological crises intensify around the world, experiences of ecological distress are proliferating. Variously termed solastalgia, climate anxiety, or ecological grief, these multifaceted experiences of loss are becoming more common, and are being articulated and shared, but they are also significantly differentiated. This is particularly the case for many young people who, from early on, have been conscious of the insecurity of their ecosystems, the transience of other species, and their own profound vulnerability.
As scholars, activists, citizens and community members, we want to take stock of how diverse humans are creating, experiencing, suppressing, making sense of, managing, preventing, intensifying, and resisting ecological distress. We are also interested in what it would mean to consider the ecological emotions of beings other than humans. No single discipline or practice possesses the toolkit, conceptual scope, or sufficient influence to address these questions.
We therefore invite contributions from across academic disciplines and diverse practices to address these questions of affect, emotion, selfhood and connection, including research, practice/activist, and artistic contributions. These might explore:
Registrations are now open to present at or attend the symposium. To find out more about the call for paper proposals, click here.
This symposium is part of the Ecological Emotions, Feelings and Affects research project.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Monday 5 - Thursday 8 December 2022.
This event is hosted by the Sydney Environment Institute in partnership with RMIT University's Urban Futures platform.
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