After nature or after culture? Climate change, culture and interconnections

Leading researcher: Paulo Mendes
Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Climatic changes | Perception of the environment | Nature/culture


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/77112/2011
Starting date: 01-11-12

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Abstract

The Judeo-Christian tradition embodied in the Cartesian dichotomy that separates “nature” and “culture” prevales in the contemporaneity and has informed the production of anthropological knowledge, although some authors develop efforts in the contrary (Tim Ingold, Viveiros de Castro, Latour, Gísli Palsson, Kay Milton). One of the obstacles to overcome this divide is the resistance of Western thought to the inclusion of “things of Nature” into the domain of “things of Mankind”, and vice-versa. I propose, therefore, an investigation of ethnographic contexts where nature is prevalent: circumpolar settlement and “alternative communities”. In the former because it is overwhelming, in the later because it is longed for. The alternative communities have already been circumscribed and will be addressed, mainly, through open interviews and subsequent questionnaire application. The circumpolar settlement, Tromso, will be the subject of participant observation that must be extended throughout the four climatic seasons. The main goal of this research is, therefore, to investigate western forms of ecological reintegration of the social.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub61*Francisco Oneto NunesSupervisorproj43*After nature or after culture? Climate change, culture and interconnectionsPost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub152*Paulo MendesResearch scholarproj43*After nature or after culture? Climate change, culture and interconnectionsPost-doctoral researchConcluded
Other researchers

ResearcherPositionInstitutionProjOutrosTitulo_EN
Peter Ian CrawfordSupervisorproj43*After nature or after culture? Climate change, culture and interconnections