Aesth/Ethics in Environmental Change
Invitation to a transdisciplinary workshop about the aesthetics, ethics, art, religion and ecology of the environment
Arranged by the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment, Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Biological Station of Hiddensee, University of Greifswald, Environmental Ethics, University of Greifswald
Hiddensee, 24-28 May 2010
Aesth/Ethics in Environmental Change is an international workshop joining ethics, arts, religion and science in an attempt to reach a combined and deeper insight in nature, landscape and its changes. We invite scholars from different disciplines to participate in this workshop on the beautiful island of Hiddensee!
The following questions will be addressed:
- What does the perception and awareness of the environment and ourselves within it contribute to our understanding of and dealing with nature? How can arts widen our perception of nature?
- How are aesthetics and ethics connected to each other in habitats, places and spaces? Can both be entangled into an integrated “aesth/ethics”? Can such a view be incorporated in the aims of nature conservation?
- How and where to seek, find and express the Sacred in nature? How are worldviews, values, rituals, visons, belief systems and ideologies at work within the human ecology?
- How can humans in general encounter an accelerating and expanding environmental (incl. climatic) change? How can they perceive, experience, reflect and adapt to it?
- How can aesthetics, ethics, religion and ecology transcend contemporary political modes of environmental protection? How could they catalyze a truly transdisciplinary environmental science?
The workshop will alternate between lectures, seminaries, discussions, practical art work and excursions,and it will offer varying options to let the island itself intervene. Scholars and postgraduate students from all faculties and regions around the world are welcome to attend the workshop, and we expect all to stay during the whole workshop. The numbers of participants is limited to 30 persons. The early bird catches the worm:
Please register as soon as possible, using the registration form at: http://www.hf.ntnu.no/relnateur/
Basic accommodation will be provided to every accepted participant.
Island of Hiddensee
The island of Hiddensee is situated west of the island of Ru:gen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Hiddensee is about 19 km2 in size with around 1,100 inhabitants. The island is completely situated within the Nationalpark Vorpommersche Boddenku:ste. Its beautiful nature including shorelines and shallow water, coastal dunes, heathlands, coastal meadows, dry grasslands and forests, attracks not only tourists, but also biologists!
- Sigurd Bergmann, Religious Studies/Theology, Trondheim, Norway
- Irmgard Blindow, Ecology, Hiddensee, Germany
- Emily Brady, Geography, Edinburgh, UK
- Forrest Clingerman, Theology, Ohio, USA
- Celia Deane Drummond, Theology and Religious Studies, Chester, UK
- Thomas Jaspert, LandArt artist, Bokel, Germany
- Konrad Ott, Environmental Ethics, Greifswald, Germany
- Thomas Potthast, Ethics in Science, Tu:bingen, Germany
- George Steinmann, Artist, Bern, Switzerland
- Heike Strelow, Curator, Writer and Art Historian, Frankfurt/M., Germany
Call for papers:
Oral presentations (15 min) and posters are invited on the conference theme. Abstracts (no more than 200 words) should be sent by 15 February of 2010 by e-mail.
Sigurd Bergmann, prof. dr.theol.
Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO – 7491 Trondheim
Institutt for arkeologi og religionsvitenskap
Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU)
NO – 7491 Trondheim
Phone: +47-73 59 65 87, +47-73 91 97 07
Fax: +47-73 59 14 64