Att överleva tillsammans: Katastrofala händelser inom miljöhumaniora
Torsdag 7 mars, 2024kl. 15:00 - 17:00
Högre seminariet i arkeologi och miljöarkeologi bjuder in till seminarium med Peter Jordan, Lunds universitet. Seminariet ges på engelska och har den engelska titeln "Surviving Together: Catastrophic Events Within The Environmental Humanities".
Abstract (på engelska): Today around three billion people live in close proximity to volcanic geohazards including many Indigenous cultures and descendent communities. This paper starts by examining recent research in the Environmental Humanities which adopts a holistic, relational and multi-species perspective on dynamic human lifeworlds. It then examines the extent to which situated TLK (“Traditional and Local Knowledge”) Systems can ever evolve to cope with living, surviving and indeed thriving in ultra high-risk geological environments, where adaptation to one catastrophic “shock” shapes cultural and ecological responses to the next. In many cases, mobility, migration and long-range social networks are deployed flexibly to bolster resilience and support eventual human return to severely damaged landscapes and ecosystems which tend to recover at different rates. These human-animal-environment processes are viewed within a long-term historical perspective to understand how extreme events of unexpected magnitudes can impact on human lifeworlds and stretch traditional coping mechanisms to breaking point, preventing cultures from returning to their previous developmental pathways, and tipping them into entirely different trajectories. The paper presents some emerging results from CALDERA, a new Nordic-Japan research initiative focusing on the cultural significance of catastrophic environmental shocks in Northeast Asia.
Peter Jordan är professor i arkeologi vid Institutionen för Arkeologi och antikens historia vid Lunds universitet, samt medlem av the Global Station for Indigenous Studies and Cultural Diversty (GSI), Hokaido University, Japan.