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Traditions associated with natural environments add understanding to human-nature relationships. In the current ecological crisis, we need to think more seriously than ever about what kind of interactions of people and nature may be sustainable. What is the changing role of heritage in this process?
Traditions associated with features of nature such as forests, mires, mountains, lakes, and maritime environments, extend beyond history and memory. They are aspects of cultural heritage adding understanding to our relationships with nature and changes taking place in it. The human-nature relationship is affected by changes in society. However, because of ecological crisis, we need to think more seriously than ever about what kind of interactions of people and nature may be sustainable. In this cultural-ecological context natural areas have become physical and symbolic sites not only for travel, recreation, and documentation, but also for active intervention conveying political messages and artistic dialogue.
Our aim is to look analytically at the relationships of human and non-human components of place and to seek out possibilities for more sustainable human agency. How has the human-nature relationship changed in the current ecological crisis? What kinds of new acting in nature have emerged in the 21st century? Are there alternative rules in engaging with natural areas and understanding the communal value of nature? Can art or media influence the values and attitudes associated with nature? What is the role of heritage work and museums in the ecological crisis?
We invite papers that address and problematize the ways that culture, and cultural heritage, are involved with nature. Empirical examples may include, e.g., environmental/political art, video performances, oral narratives, community events, sports, carnivals, visual images, or media texts. In the roundtable we concentrate on the combination of human-nature relationships, sustainable human agency and changing cultural heritage.