Nature 3.0 – Will blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies save the planet?

A great article by Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment and Culture @Bath Spa University and the BSU Environmental Humanites Research Centre on cryptocurrencies and environmental futures

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by Sian Sullivan

Can new cryptocurrencies finance projects with positive environmental impacts, whilst unlocking ‘the $120 trillion natural capital market’? Mining cryptocurrencies through appealing to environmental concerns seems more consistent with speculative tendencies in an era of financialised neoliberalism, than attuned with practices of environmental care and equitable distribution of value.

image 1. Blockchained earth. Source: Front News International.

First there was Nature. Sometimes an Edenic garden, whose fruitfulness we live with in peace and reciprocity; sometimes a vast wilderness to be feared, tamed or worshiped. But always a lively mesh of entities, whose magnificent diversity is now threatened by a single biological species – Homo sapiens.

Then came Nature 2.0. A material world progressively understood, shared and commoditised in user-generated digital information cascading through multi-player communities inhabiting Web 2.0 – exemplified, perhaps, by the aptly named Second Life. In this technologically inscribed and consumed world…

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Public Lecture at Bath Spa Uni – The Politics of Memory, by Marie-Claire Lavabre, Director of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris. When: 5-7pm, Friday 26th January 2018

The Politics of Memory, by Marie-Claire Lavabre, Director of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris.

When: 5-7pm, Friday 26th January 2018
Where: Commons CM.107, Newton Park Campus, Bath Spa University, BA2 9BN, UK.

Marie-Claire Lavabre is a well-known Professor of Sociology specialising in public memory and the politics of the past, who has authored books concerning political uses of the past in contemporary France (2017), Europe and its representations of the past (2008), the sociology of Communist memory (2004) and the social movement politics of 1968 (1998).

 

 

Professor Lavabre will be joined by Dr Alison Hems, Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Public History at Bath Spa University, who will act as discussant for Professor Lavabre’s talk. We will close with an open Q&A, followed by wine and nibbles.

This public keynote lecture is organised as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Care for the Future) and LABEX-PasP project Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts / Histories Perturbées, Passés Retrouvés, coordinated at Bath Spa University by Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment and Culture.

Please register attendance at the lecture here.

The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents: Tim Dee – Writing a Season Wednesday 17 January, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Newton Park Campus, Commons, 136. A Free public lecture.

The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents:

‘Writing a season – a talk about a work in progress about the world in progress’

A Free Public Lecture by Tim Dee. Chat, drinks and nibbles after the talk


My next book has a working title Greenery and is about the spring. Having written about the air in The Running Sky, a place we share with birds but do not inhabit quite as they do, and then the earth in Four Fields, the stuff out of which we come and the common destination for all, I found myself drawn to write about time. We grow old but the spring comes again. So it seems. Might I keep in step with a season and find a common time? I see the world around me via birds and so I decided to follow the seasons of some birds from their African winters in the scrubby desert where the Sahara sands grow thorns all the way north to the Arctic in June where the same birds do what they must with nests and eggs and chicks, in the freshest greenery under astonishing midsummer light. I also travelled north through Britain from Cornwall to Shetland. The spring moves north through Europe at walking pace. Discovering that made it impossible not to want to do it and to keep in time.

Tim Dee is a writer and a radio producer.  He is the author of a memoir about his birdwatching life, The Running Sky, which was published in 2009.  His latest book is Four Fields.  It is, not surprisingly, about four fields.  One is in the Cambridgeshire fens, the others are on an old tobacco farm in Zambia, at the Custer battlefield in Montana, USA, and in the Exclusion Zone in the shadow of the exploded nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, Ukraine.  He has been a BBC radio producer for 27 years making arts documentaries, poetry programmes, history features and radio drama for Radio 3 and 4.  Before he joined the BBC he worked for the International Council for Bird Preservation (now Birdlife) and wrote on threatened species and the endemic birds of Madagascar.  When not in Bristol he lives on the edge of the fens.  He is at work on two new books: one about the spring in Europe; the other, Landfill, about men who watch gulls.   He is also editing an anthology of new writing about place for Jonathan Cape and the organisation Common Ground.

 

 

PARTICIPANT CALLOUT; The Ephemeral River; Dartington Hall (UK), June 9 – 18th.

Via CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART AND THE NATURAL WORLD

The Ephemeral River (dancing, speaking, singing, laughing)

A Global Nomadic Art Project

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The Ephemeral River takes place at Dartington Hall in the UK from June 9 to June 18, 2018

PARTICIPANT CALLOUT

We are currently seeking proposals from artists and others wishing to take part in GNAP-UK
Read the callout | Deadline: midnight January 29

Call for participation: AALERT – an interdisciplinary meeting aiming to foster debate and dialogue about the role of arts and the artist in landscape and environmental research today. London 15 Feb 2018

AALERT is an interdisciplinary meeting aiming to foster debate and dialogue about the role of arts and the artist in landscape and environmental research today by cutting across disciplinary perspectives and professional practices. Jointly sponsored by the Valuing Nature Network and Landscape Research Group, the workshop will explore and re-consider the contribution of the arts in shaping knowledge and communicating meaning in new interdisciplinary contexts of research around landscapes, the environment and ‘valuing nature’ agendas. Situating these contributions in long established relationships between artistic, philosophical and expert practices, the event will specifically focus on exploring

  • The agency of the artist: What grants the artist access to meanings that scientists cannot access or communicate? How do new interdisciplinary fora for landscape and environmental research today reinforce, elaborate or challenge prevailing norms and wisdoms, and deeper traditions, about the role and contributions of the artist in research?
  • Distinguishing the arts within research: What distinguishes the contribution of the arts within interdisciplinary research in terms of advancing critical and creative research practice? How do outcomes of art-based research become credible evidence for shaping knowledges and interrogating practices around landscape and environment issues?
  • Embedding the arts in research process: How should the contributions of the arts and the artist be best enabled and supported in the practical design and execution of research processes that seek to straddle and integrate knowledge, evidence and understanding across diverse disciplinary boundaries?

The outcome of the workshop will be a cutting-edge assessment of the current situation and future prospects including recommendations for future research and engagement. The event will not only offer clarity to theoretical debates on the role of arts and the artist in landscape research, but will also provide answers to vexed and longstanding questions for commissioning bodies, artists and the research community.

The event is organised by an interdisciplinary team of academics and artists namely: Dr Eirini Saratsi – University of Reading/LRG; Dr Tim Acott – University of Greenwich/WetlandLIFE project; Ewan Allinson – Landscape & Arts Network; Dr Nicola Beaumont – University of Plymouth/CoastWeb project; Prof Tim Collins – Collins and Goto studio/LRG; Dr David Edwards – Forest Research; and Dr Rob Fish – University of Kent/VNN.

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Professor Kate Rigby (Director of the Environmental Humanities Research Centre,  Bath Spa University, England) presents a talk  “Roadkill: Multi-species Mobility and Everyday Ecocide” at the Rachel Carson Centre

Professor Kate Rigby (Director of the Environmental Humanities Research Centre,  Bath Spa University, England) presents a talk  “Roadkill: Multi-species Mobility and Everyday Ecocide” at the Rachel Carson Centre  Lunchtime Colloquium on Thursday, 7 December, 2017.