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May 11: Re-emergence / emergency walk: Sensing the World through Emanuel Swedenborgs Visionary Work – A City / Nature Walk in Uppsala

2022-05-11 kl. 12:15 - 14:00 UTC+2

Welcome to the second Re-emergence/emergency walk this spring!

May 11 kl. 12.15-14.00: Sensing the World through Emanuel Swedenborgs Visionary Work – A City / Nature Walk in Uppsala

Where: The walk will start outside of Uppsala Cathedral’s main entrance (Domkyrkoplan), see map here: https://link.mazemap.com/l1dBihPE. We will then walk through the built and natural environment of Uppsala, stopping at sites connected to the life of the Swedish polymath and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg and read from his later, visionary writings. We’ll round it all off with a picnic style fika (bring your own coffee, tea and things to eat) for a joint conversation on what the encounter with the life and work of Swedenborg on this short walk has stirred in us.

Registration: No registration, just be there a couple of minutes before we walk into Uppsala Cathedral.

Questions and framing
During this walk we will try something different through exploring Emanuel Swedenborgs Uppsala and his visionary work.

Background material
Background reading, watching is available here: http://www.cemus.uu.se/background-may-11-2022/

Read more about the all walks spring 2022 here: http://www.cemus.uu.se/emerg-walks/

CEMUS invites 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.

Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. And as you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.Part Two XXIX Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy p. 135)

We as human beings, educators, researchers and universities are failing in bringing about meaningful and radical (to the root causes) change – systemic changes 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.

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; find a space for fika and further discussion (sometimes around a fire); then walk back and have a conversation with someone new.


12:15 - 14:00 UTC+2