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The Human-Environmental Relationships in Critical Period of Crisis 
Matteo Sartori (Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy)
Julia Prakofjewa (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
David Hsiung (Juniata College)
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Navigating Conflict, Governance, and Activism
Room 1
Friday 23 August, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Helsinki
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Short Abstract:

Considering the current era of socio-ecological crisis and the many ongoing or recently concluded conflicts, we highlight the importance of developing a discussion among different specialists on the human-environmental relationship.

Long Abstract:

In the midst of the current socio-ecological crisis, it is essential to gain the meta-level of (re) comprehension of the recorded environmental narratives within existing social discourse. This not only allows us to capture cultural trauma but also to reflect on historical events and multiplicity (complexity?) of socio-ecological transitions. Given the enormous social, political and cultural transformations in the global world, it is difficult to interpret them unilinearly. Therefore, it is crucial to document and investigate the diversity of communication strategies between humans and the environment during fragile moments (such as war, post-war, epidemy, border shifts, and others) through transdisciplinary approaches.

In historical studies, gaining insights into the effects of specific political systems on the cultural dynamics of environmental discourse and analysing the consequences of these epistemic claims on the fundamental structures of people’s everyday life becomes crucial. We welcome presentations and reflections on the various areas including, but not limited to: spatial and temporal dynamics of socio-environmental interactions during crisis moments; changes in cultural landscapes; impact of crisis on use of natural resources; role of policies in the resilience of rural and/or urban communities during conflicts; and the role of science in shaping socio-environmental relationship during and after war.

We would like to invite specialists from different backgrounds: Baiba Pruse (citizen science); Julia Prakofjewa (environmental science); Matteo Sartori (history); Raivo Kalle (botany and ethnobotany); Renata Sõukand (ethnobotany and semiotics). By going beyond history, we can establish the evidence base for fostering and maintaining global biocultural diversity.

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Session 1 Friday 23 August, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 23 August, 2024, -