Re-emergence/emergency walks


CEMUS and the Climate Change Leadership node invite you to a series of re-emergence, emergency walks to explore issues, questions and unknowns central to our ability to re-imagine and re-shape human societies and culture.


Why?
We as human beings, educators, researchers and universities are failing in bringing about meaningful and radical (to the root causes) change – a systemic change of systems that are destroying human and more-than-human worlds.

We need to explore and rediscover old ideas and ways of organising resistance, and build new spaces that can survive the present-future destruction and madness.

The idea is also built on and inspired by the botanical walks – Herbationes Upsalienses – that Linnaeus did around Uppsala during the 18th century, read more here: The Linnaeus Trails.

Concept
The concept is simple: before the actual walking discussion you can watch a background-video or presentation or movie/audio that aims to provoke and inspire some initial thoughts, feeling on the topic being discussed. Then we gather, walk somewhere out of the city or to a certain destination; engage in dialogue, disagreement, discussion two and two (paths are narrow); find a space for fika and further discussion (sometimes around a fire); then walk back and have a conversation with someone new.

» Click to suggest a theme, questions to explore for the walks 2019-2020


September-December 2019

November 28 kl. 09.15-12.00: 21st Century Cave-Painting: On Art, Imagination, Moving Darkness, Moving Light

When: Thursday November 28 at 09.15-12.00

Where: Starting outside of CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W9guH6a3Yw7sHxdb2


Paleolithic cave painting of bisons (replica) from the Altamira cave, Cantabria, Spain, painted c. 20,000 years ago (Solutrean). Photo by: Thom Quine. CC BY-SA 2.0

Questions and framing
If we submerge ourselves underground into a world of shadows and flickering lights what will we sense and see? What will make it/her/him-self seen and sensed? In these times of death, destruction, love and fighting ours and others lives, what moves and stirs us into action? What is significant in a time that devalues life? What do we want make eternal on ancient rock walls? What stories do we want to send into the future beyond our own human lives? How can art, imagination, stories radically change us, society and the world?

 

Where?
The walk will start outside of CEMUS, Villavägen 16 at 09.15 (be there a couple of minutes before 09.15). We will walk to Stadsskogen, then along the winding paths in Stadsskogen to Valltjärn where we will light a fire and cave-paint on an actual rock wall. Bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share). And remember to wear warm clothes and warm shoes that can withstand some painting.

 

Background-video/presentation and starting points
Background reading, watching is now available here: www.cemus.uu.se/background-nov-28-2019


 
 

Previous walks

October 24 kl. 09.15-12.00: Reimagining Education – Learning from Keri Facer, Tim Ingold, Derrick Jensen and Bruno Latour

In collaboration with the course Reimagining Education – Learning, Knowing and Doing in a Changing World and the Course Coordinator Series // Amanuenskollegium at CEMUS.

When: Thursday October 24 at 09.15-12.00

Where: Starting outside of CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W9guH6a3Yw7sHxdb2


Questions and framing
During September and October 2019 those of us living, studying and working in Uppsala and Stockholm have had the pleasure of listening to and learning from some of the greatest minds and hearts in the broad and messy field of sustainability, education, anthropology and philosophy: Keri Facer, Tim Ingold, Derrick Jensen and Bruno Latour. All of them have had open lectures, performances, sessions that connect with some of the most important and difficult questions. This Re-emergence/emergency walk builds on those events and the questions they have raised. If you have missed some or all of the events, you have them (or similar talks) available in the background page linked below.

 

Where?
The walk will start outside of CEMUS, Villavägen 16 at 09.15 (be there a couple of minutes before 09.15). We will walk to Stadsskogen, then along the winding paths in Stadsskogen to Valltjärn where we will light a fire. Bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share). And remember to wear warm clothes and warm shoes.

 

Background-video/presentation and starting points
Background reading, watching is now available here: www.cemus.uu.se/background-oct-24-2019


September 26 kl. 09.15-12.00: Climate Strike – Climate Emergency – Climate Re-Emergence

In connection to the Global Climate Strike September 20-27 https://globalclimatestrike.net/

When: Thursday September 26 at 9.15-12.00

Where: Starting outside of CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W9guH6a3Yw7sHxdb2


Questions and framing
How can strikes, general strikes and the climate strike create and open up change at different levels in society? How could adults support youth, and youth support adults? What are the consequences of a strike not called by and supported by the union? Can we and should we create new unions that will join in the fight against climate change and environmental destruction?

 

Where?
The walk will start outside of CEMUS, Villavägen 16 at 9.15 (be there a couple of minutes before 9.15). We will walk through Stadsskogen into Håga Valley and back. We will find a place to sit down for fika, so bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share).

 

Background-video/presentation and starting points
Background reading, watching is now available here: http://www.cemus.uu.se/background-sep-26/


September 12 kl. 15.30-17.00: Spirituality, Sustainability and the Future of the Earth – Moving Mountains

Following the full day on the same theme organized by the Swedish Church, Centre for Religion and Society UU, Newman Institute and CEMUS, read more here: http://www.cemus.uu.se/sep-12-spirituality-sustainability-and-the-future-of-the-earth-moving-mountains/

When: Thursday September 12 at 15.30-17.00

Where: Starting outside of University Main Building (Universitetshuset), big main entrance facing the park

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W9guH6a3Yw7sHxdb2


Questions and framing
Issues, thoughts, reflections and questions raised during the Spirituality, Sustainability and the Future of the Earth – Moving Mountains day starting at 9.15 (register via link).

 

Where?
The walk will start outside of the University Main Building (Universitetshuset), big main entrance facing the park, be there a couple of minutes before 15.30. We will walk through English Park (Carolinaparken), Botanical Garden and up to the castle and Gunillaklockan where we will wrap up the walk.

 

Background-video/presentation and starting points
Issues, thoughts, reflections and questions raised during the day, see above.


February-May 2019

May 9 kl. 13-16: Earth Rights, Nature’s Rights – Reframing Legal Protection of Nature

In conjunction with the Earth Rights Conference May 10-11 in Sigtuna.

When: Thursday May 9 at 13.15-16.00

Where: Starting outside of CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W9guH6a3Yw7sHxdb2


Questions and framing
The Earth Rights Conference asks the following main questions:

  • What idea is powerful enough to heal the relationship between humans and nature?
  • A space for dialogue and co-creation about the idea that nature, not just humans, have rights. Can this idea be the foundation for a new dimension of respect and harmony between humanity and the planet?

And the workshop organizers asks similar questions like:

  • Can the Rights of Nature approach open up for a new perspective on ownership, as a special kind of relationship with the land, built on partnership and respect? Do we need to replace the term “ownership” with a new word?
  • How would we treat our oceans and whales if we saw them as rights holders? How would our actions change if oceans and whales were granted legal rights? What can Indigenous legal traditions teach us about how to live in good relationships with the ocean and its inhabitants?
  • How can indigenous people lead the way to a sustainable future for all, through rights of nature?
  • I am Nature, I am Artificial – Am I Aware?
  • How can we achieve transformation through our personal connections with Mother Nature?

We’ll explore these questions and the main question of the walk – what would a legal functioning framework that protects nature and people look like? What parts of nature do choose to protect first? How can a legal framework and the concept of natures rights be brought into the political debate and be made into law?

 

Where?
The walk will start outside of CEMUS, Villavägen 16 at 9.15 (be there a couple of minutes before 9.15). We will walk through Stadsskogen into Håga Valley and back. We will find a place to sit down for fika, so bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share).

 

Background-video/presentation and starting points
Background reading, watching is now available here: http://www.cemus.uu.se/background-may-9/


April 11 kl. 9.15-12.00: Digital Detox – Seeing, Living and Being in the World Beyond Black Mirrors

Theme, questions and framing by Ewa Livmar.

When: Thursday April 11 at 9.15-12.00

Where: Starting outside of CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W9guH6a3Yw7sHxdb2


Questions and framing
How much time per day do you spend looking at a screen? When was the last time you completed your tasks and/or to-do lists on time without procrastinating? The digital world is a distraction that easily gets in the way of managing our time. Are we wasting too much time on something that doesn’t matter in the long run? The cognitive neuroscientist, Katarina Gospic talks about how parents screentime affect childrens language use, empathy and ability to bond with parents. She deals with the needs and functions of the human brain, and addresses how the brain is prone to fast feedback and fast rewards and how this is problematic if we want a diffrent result from our behaviour in the long run. Acting upon the impulses of fast reward are very strong and Gospic talks about how to find strategies for long term decisions. In her latest book Hjärnbalans she proposes that people should consider digital detox, to become aware of their actual use of digital devices and the effect on their lives, to be able to make more informed decisions rather than being hi-jacked by the allure of the digital world.

  • What health related problems do we see in a digitally sped up society?
  • What are we demanding in our work environments today in terms of efficiency, multitasking and quick email responses?
  • In regards to climate change and the need for more sufficient approaches to societal change is digital detox something to consider?

 

Where?
The walk will start outside of CEMUS, Villavägen 16 at 9.15 (be there a couple of minutes before 9.15). We will walk through Stadsskogen into Håga Valley and back. We will find a place to sit down for fika, so bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share).

 

Background-video/presentation and starting points
Background reading, watching is now available here: http://www.web.cemus.se/background-april-11/


March 6 kl. 13.00-15.15: Extinction, Ecology and Existence – on Climate Change and Biodiversity

With Aaron Ellison, Senior Research Fellow in Ecology at, and Deputy Director of, the Harvard Forest.

When: Wednesday March 6 at 13.00-15.15 [kl. 13.00 sharp – fika kl. 15.15 at CEMUS]

Where: Starting outside of CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W9guH6a3Yw7sHxdb2


Questions and framing
Humans, animals big and small are now living through the sixth mass extinction event, the collapse of nature, climate breakdown, a industrial civilization geological scale event happening in a human time frame of a few generations. How can we individually-collectively defend, protect nature in a world where industrial activities and human built structures spread out over the surface? How can feelings of loss, defeat, hopelessness be transformed into meaningful, real-world actions that reverse current trends? How can we as co-learners, educators, researchers discuss these issues in a way that is both honest and empowering?

 

Where?
The walk will start outside of CEMUS, Villavägen 16 at 13.00 (be there a couple of minutes before KL. 13). We will walk to Stadsskogen, then along the winding paths in Stadsskogen to Valltjärn where we will light a fire. Bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share). And remember to wear warm clothes and warm shoes.

 

Background-video/presentation and starting points
Background reading, watching is now available here: http://www.web.cemus.se/background-march-6/


February 14 kl. 9.15-11.30: Learning, Knowing and Acting in a Changing World

When: Thursday February 14 at 9.15-11.30

Where: Starting outside of CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W9guH6a3Yw7sHxdb2

In collaboration with the Erasmus+ project on Applied Ecopreneurship Methodologies.


Questions and framing
What skills, knowledge and perspectives are needed to in a real and effective way deal with climate change and other sustainability challenges? How can we organise university education in a different way to better prepare students for working and acting in a changing and unpredictable world? What experiences of doing this can we share with each other and how can we build networks that supports new initiatives?

 

Where?
The walk will start outside of CEMUS, Villavägen 16 at 9.15 (be there a couple of minutes before quarter past). We will walk to Stadsskogen, then along the winding paths in Stadsskogen to Valltjärn where we will light a fire. Bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share). And remember to wear warm clothes and snow resistant shoes.

 

Background-video/presentation and starting points
Audio introduction and background reading, watching is now available here: http://www.web.cemus.se/background-feb-14/


 
 

November 2018

Nov 19 at 9.15-12.00: Reimagining education, research and the university

When: Monday November 19 at 9.15-12.00

Where: Starting in CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/3FQI0H83NBqkq3JF2


Questions and framing
How can education, research and the university as a societal actor become a driving force for good in the world and build real, long-lasting sustainability? Which existing and possible new initiatives and collaborations needs to be explored and supported at the university now? How can we build new alliances that changes and challenges established non-sustainable university structures and cultures? And how can we re-dream, re-imagine a completely different kind of education and research that supports and celebrates life on planet Earth, something new emerging out of the emergency?

 

Where?
The walk will start from CEMUS Library, Villavägen 16 at 9.15 (be there a couple of minutes before quarter past). We will walk to Stadsskogen, then along the winding paths in Stadsskogen to Valltjärn where we will light a fire. Bring your own fika (thermos of coffee or tea and/or some food to share).

 

Background-video/presentation and starting points

The video can be viewed here (password: cemus2018): Re-emergence/emergency walks – video