Surviving the Anthropocene through Inventing New Ecological Justice and Biosocial Philosophical Literacy

ARRS code: J7-1824
Period: 1. 7. 2019 – 30. 6. 2022

Project head: prof. dr. Lenart Škof (ZRS Koper)


Surviving the Anthropocene through Inventing New Ecological Justice and Biosocial Philosophical Literacy aims to resolve the perceived clash between culture, nature, ethics, and policy in the Anthropocene through a critical inter-disciplinary approach. It offers a new space for the exploration of elemental water and the development of water literacy. Water animates all life and critically relies on appropriate conditions for expression, co-evolvement and life-supporting reorganization. A critical aspect of the research project is an innovative, inclusive ecopedagogical approach that inspires a range of stakeholders, and is invested in disrupting pre-existing structural obstacles and perceptions of the more-than-human world as “resource” or “environmental service provider” (Kopnina, 2014; Dolšak&Hillyard, 2014).

We understand ‘elements’ in the sense of some of the main works on the elements – water, air, fire and earth – i.e., of G. Bachelard’s Air and Dreams and Water and Dreams (Bachelard 2006 and 2011), Merleau-Ponty’s ecological philosophy of the elements (Merleau-Ponty 2007) and Luce Irigaray’s works on water and air) as an ontologico-material substratum of our world (Irigaray 2008 and 2016). The ‘elemental’ and human worlds ontologically relate to each other and all beings (vegetal beings and, nonhuman animals) as this project will demonstrate. The specificity of this inquiry rests with the elements of water (an element of fluidity/porousness; Hawke&Palsson 2017) and air (as an element of a new ‘respiratory philosophy’; Škof&Berndtson 2018; Irigaray 2016). These two elements animate all life and critically rely on the mutuality of clean aquatic and atmospheric conditions for expression, co-evolvement and life- supporting reorganization.

Nature has been increasingly commoditised and ecologically degraded through lack of effective, companion-centred mutual respect and ethical governance and wise stewardship of nature (Hawke&Palsson 2017). By centering ecology and navigating new ecological justice through new hydro-logics, the proposed research will champion connectivity and resilience, awe and wonder. The flow on aims and effects of these motivations is to inspire accountability in educational design and citizen engagement that speaks with nature, rather than about nature as a passive and subordinate ‘other’.  This necessarily inter-disciplinary project has three main objectives:

I. To understand and co-direct water and its connections more holistically as having environmental, economic and cultural value through ecological literacy;  

II. To enact water literacy as understood philosophically and socio-culturally through the application of CAS towards new ontological direction; 

III. To advance ecological restorative justice and intersubjective ethics in theory and praxis through innovative philosophy and bio-respect for elemental worlds founded in distinct, creative and inclusive pedagogy

 

Project head

prof. dr. Lenart Škof –Participating as the head of the Institute for Philosophical Studies (ZRS Koper)

Researchers

Dr. Shé Hawke Mackenzie – Research Associate, Participating through her role as Head of Mediterranean Institute for Environmental Studies and member of Institute for Philosophical Studies, ZRS Koper

Dr. Nadja Furlan Štante – Participating through The Institute for Philosophical Studies, ZRS Koper

Dr. Nives Dolšak – Participating through the partner Alma Mater Europea – European Center, Maribor and as Director od the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Maja Bjelica – Research Assistant Participating through Institute for Philosophical Studies, ZRS Koper

Nemac Kristjan – Participating through Mediterranean Institute for Environmental Studies as a Young Researcher, ZRS Koper

Dr Reingard Spannring – International Research Partner and Leader from University of Innsbruck, Austria

From left to right: Reingard Spannring, Shé Hawke, Lenart Škof, Nadja Furlan Štante, Kristjan Nemac, Nives Dolšak

Results

Scientific Publications:

  • Spannring, R.; Hawke, S. (2021) Anthropocene Challenges for Youth Research: Understanding Agency and Change through Complex, Adapative Systems. In Journal of Youth Studies (ahead-of-print, open access)
  • Kopnina, H.; Spannring, R.; Hawke, S.; Robertson, C.; Thomasberger, A.; Maloney, M.; Morini, M.; Lynn, W.; Muhammad, N.Z.; Santiago-Ávila, F.; Begovic, H.; Baranowski, M. (2021) Ecodemocracy in Practice: Exploration of Debates on Limits and Possibilities of Addressing Environmental Challenges within Democratic Systems. In Visions for Sustainability, 15 (ahead-of-print, open access)
  • Grušovnik, Tomaz, Spannring, Reingard in Syse, Karen Lykke (eds.) (2020): Environmental and Animal Abuse Denial: Averting our Gaze. Lexington. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793610461/Environmental-and-Animal-Abuse-Denial-Averting-Our-Gaze.

  • Nemac, Kristjan (2020): Do we need to change the system? : think global and create a local alternative. In: Fuerst-Bjeliš, Borna in Leimgruber, Walter (eds.). Globalization, marginalization and conflict : political, economic and social processes, (Perspectives on Geographical Marginality, vol. 6). Cham: Springer. cop., pp. 31-46. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-53218-5_3.

 

Conference and Guest Speakers:

  • Hawke, S. (2021) “End on Sea”  paper on panel: “Creating with Polluted Seas: Toxic Wellbeing, Terrible Beauty, and New Water Literacies” at Living in End Times Utopian and Dystopian Representations of Pan-crises in Fiction, Film and Culture: A (Virtual) Interdisciplinary Conference, 14 January, 2021—Cappadocia University, Turkey
  • Hawke Mackenzie, Shé (2020): “Becoming Eco-fluent: Being with Nature”, paper at Surviving the Anthropcene: Eco-Pedagogy and Eco-philosophy for a New Age, Public Lectures, University of Innsbruck, Austria, 17 April 2020. https://www.uibk.ac.at/bgl/surviving-the-anthropocene/fotos/online-workshop-surviving-the-anthropocene-ibk-2020.pdf.
  • Škof, Lenart (2020): “From Pneumatische Wasserheilkunde to New Environmental Thinking”, paper at Surviving the Anthropcene: Eco-Pedagogy and Eco-philosophy for a New Age, Public Lectures, University of Innsbruck, Austria, 17 April 2020. https://www.uibk.ac.at/bgl/surviving-the-anthropocene/fotos/online-workshop-surviving-the-anthropocene-ibk-2020.pdf.
  • Spannring, Reingard (2020): “Subjective Experience As The Basis For Connectivity And Respect In A More-Than-Human World?”, paper at Anthropocenes: Reworking the Wound, University of Katowice, Poland in association with European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, 19 June 2020. Book of Abstracts – Antropocenes: Reworking the Wound 2020 (PDF).
  • Hawke Mackenzie, Shé (2020): “A Critical Need for Environmental Literacy – Re-wilding Human Consciousness”, paper at Anthropocenes: Reworking the Wound, University of Katowice, Poland in association with European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, 19 June 2020. Book of Abstracts – Antropocenes: Reworking the Wound 2020 (PDF), Youtube.
  • Škof, Lenart (2020): “From Breath to Respiratory Philosophy”, workshop at “Breath Symposium 2020 INSPIRE / EXPIRE”, Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 11 November 2020, https://breath.medicalandhealthhumanities.africa/from-breath-to-respiratory-philosophy/.
  • Hawke Mackenzie, Shé in Spannring, Reingard (2020): “Education for Sustainable Development: Writing your Water Story – being with water«, paper at »Compulsory Modul 6: Universal Values – Education for Sustainable Development«, Public Lectures, University of Innsbruck, Austria, 21 October 2020.
  • Hawke Mackenzie, Shé (2019): “Mutually co-evolving: Nature, Culture and the value of Inter-disciplinary Research”, conference dinner guest speaker at 4th International Conference of Ocean Governance for Sustainability– Challenges, Options & the Role of Science, National Institute of Biology (NIB), Piran, Slovenia, 25 November 2019. https://www.oceangov.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Piran_Flyer_2019_11_27.pdf.
  • Škof, Lenart and Hawke Mackenzie, Shé (2019): “Surviving the Anthropocene through Inventing New Ecological Justice and Biosocial Philosophical Literacy”, paper at Integral Green Economy for a Better World (IGE), Poljčane, Slovenia, 22 November 2019. http://vrtec-konjice.si/files/2019/10/IGE2019_Vabilo-in-program_2019_10_26-1.pdf.

 

Public scholarship papers by our project members:

 

Events organized/co-organized by our members:

 

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