Re-emergence/emergency walks


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I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.

– Kurt Vonnegut

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 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.

February-May 2019

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/


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/


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/


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.


May 27 kl. 9-12: Open – will be announced later during the spring


 
 

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