Direkt zum InhaltDirekt zur SucheDirekt zur Navigation
▼ Zielgruppen ▼

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Nordeuropa-Institut

Changing Concepts of Nature in Literature and Film - Workshop

Human beings are embedded in physical environments, and human culture develops in interrelationship with what we used to call nature. Nevertheless, in our own presence new technical possibilities offer entirely new dimensions in which culture can exceed and transform formerly given natural boundaries.
  • Changing Concepts of Nature in Literature and Film - Workshop
  • 2020-01-29T09:15:00+01:00
  • 2020-01-30T16:00:00+01:00
  • Human beings are embedded in physical environments, and human culture develops in interrelationship with what we used to call nature. Nevertheless, in our own presence new technical possibilities offer entirely new dimensions in which culture can exceed and transform formerly given natural boundaries.
Was
  • Öffentliche Veranstaltung
Wann 29.01.2020 um 09:15 bis 30.01.2020 um 16:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo DOR24, Raum 3.246

Changing Concepts of Nature in Literature and Film

German–Scandinavian Workshop at the Department for Northern European Studies
Literature, film, and other forms of cultural expression play today an important role in addressing the controversies and paradoxes connected to the human-nature relationships. They negotiate, invent, and transform those relationships, which is shown, for example, by the prominence of the subject of climatic change in literature. This is an international phenomenon, yet it may be especially marked in the Nordic countries. Norway, for example, has the world’s first organization of writers committed to climate action, Forfatternes klimaaksjon. Climatic and environmental change has become a very frequent motif in contemporary Nordic literature, with works such as Maja Lunde’s Bienes historie (which focuses on species extinction) and the TV-series Okkupert (based on a scenario of climate catastrophe) having become international successes. In this workshop we will ask how ideas of both human and non-human nature are interrelated and changing, and how literary and cinematic texts and genres contribute to the re-negotiation of established notions of nature and the relation between humans and the environment. The focus will be both on contemporary works and on how new concepts such as the Anthropocene and the material turn in literary and cultural studies retrospectively change our understanding – even of older works.