Deep Time and Deep Water - Water as a Being: Discussions of interlinkages in the environmental humanities

This workshop brings together scholars from different disciplines under the heading of "Deep Time" and "Deep Water" to discuss the impact and challenges of our new understanding of humanity's implication in the life of the planet. Informed by matters of ecology, religion, and personhood, we will trace the ways in which relations with the water environment, above or beneath the surface, may have formed and transformed over deeper sequences of time. Beginning at the very beginning, Earth’s primeval waters, contemporary ecotheological reinterpretations of the biblical creation narrative are brought into conversation with both scientific understandings and the creation stories of other cultures in order to highlight the need for re-imagining our relationship to water in general and the ocean in particular. We engage with the Māori world view with its understanding of waterways as ancestors of "deep water" and "deep history,” illustrating the idea of “Ko au te awa, ko te awa, ko au – I am the river, and the river is me,” embodying the very core of the Environmental Humanities.

Programme

09:45-10:00

Welcome and Introduction
Karin Dirke, Claudia Egerer, Christina Fredengren

10:00-11:30 Kate Rigby, Professor of Environmental Humanities (Bath Spa)
“Aqua Matrix”
11.30-13:00 Daniel Hikuroa, Earth Systems Scientist (University of Auckland)
“‘Te Mana o te Wai ’– The Charisma of Water”
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Michaela Castellanos, PhD student (Mid Sweden University)
“Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises in American Film 2009-2015”
15:00-15.30 Coffee break
15:30-16:30 Roundtable and Open Discussion
Rigby, Hikuroa, Castellanos, Dirke, Egerer, Fredengren


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