25 Maj 2021




Science and Research Centre KoperInstitute for Philosophical Studies


Cordially invites to the

international interdisciplinary symposium



Towards elemental literacy and inter-disciplinary partnerships

to be held online, May 24–26, 2021

This interdisciplinary symposium is intended to bring together innovative g/local expertise in philosophy and pedagogy, ecofeminism, policy, theology, biosocial cultural studies and theories and practices of embodied critical thinking, to configure equitable and realistic ways for life on earth to survive the Anthropocene. Our focus is shared with the natural environment, understood as a sentient partner with inherent values beyond purely commodification and economic frameworks. In recognising the natural environment as an agent in its own becoming, the symposium aims to ‘breathe with nature’, as a companion. We further aim to better understand and work towards resolving the perceived clash between nature, culture, ethics and policy, through new conceptual thinking and engagement that champions an elemental philosophy of connectivity and respect. Developing ‘elemental literacy’ to transpose current understandings of what/how nature is, how it is acted upon, and how it acts upon, constitutes a primary focus for this symposium that seeks to imagine and dynamically participate in: new, complex and adaptive possibilities, environmental management provocations and reforms, and philosophical analyses of restorative ecological justice pathways, both conceptually and practically.

This interdisciplinary symposium is co-organized by

Institute for Philosophical Studies, Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia

Department of Philosophy, University of Iceland, Iceland

University of Innsbruck, Institute for Educational Sciences, Austria

Alma Mater Europaea ECM, Slovenia



Symposium’s organizers

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, University of Iceland, Iceland

Lenart Škof, Science and Research Centre Koper & Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Slovenia


Programme and organizing committee

Lenart Škof, Science and Research Centre Koper & Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis, Slovenia

Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, University of Iceland, Iceland

Shé M. Hawke, Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia

Reingard Spannring, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Nives Dolšak, University of Washington, USA & Alma Mater Europaea ECM, Slovenia

Maja Bjelica, Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia

Emil Månsson, University of Iceland, Iceland


The language of the symposium is English.

Contributions are to be designed as 20 min presentations to which a 10 min discussion will follow.

Attendance is open to everyone; no admission fee nor registration are required.

The symposium will be held online, through the Zoom video-conferencing platform.

See the programme for the link to follow to join.

Symposium’s programme: PDF

Symposium’s Book of Abstracts: PDF

Symposium’s Poster: PDF

Event on social media: FB

Contact: conference2020@zrs-kp.si


Welcome to join us!


The symposium is financially supported by Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS project J7-1824).


  • Bart Vandeput

  • Claire Petitmengin

  • Clifton Evers

  • Donata Schoeller

  • Emil Månsson

  • Freya Mathews

  • George Handley

  • Gísli Pálsson

  • Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir

  • Jerry Zee

  • Lenart Škof

  • Maja Bjelica

  • Michael Marder

  • Naresh Giangrande

  • Nives Dolšak

  • Petri Berndtson

  • Ram Eisenberg

  • Reingard Spannring

  • Sashinungla

  • Shé M. Hawke

  • Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir

  • Tamara Ditrich

  • Viðar Hreinsson