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Valuing Nature – Histories of Everyday Engagement with the Environment in France, Britain and their Empires, 1600-present

13 sep 2022 09:00 - 14 sep 2022 17:00
IEA de Paris
17 Quai d'Anjou
75004 Paris
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Workshop organized by Ariane Fennetaux (maîtresse de Conférences, Université Paris Cité), Laura Carter (maîtresse de Conférences, Université Paris Cité), Chris Manias (Kings College London), with the support of the Paris IAS

Free entrance with mandatory registration : afennetaux@yahoo.fr

Presentation

How has the natural world been valued, and how have different types of engagement with nature and the environment been valued?
Previous studies have focused largely on the intellectual history of the natural sciences, and how concepts like 'the environment' and 'biodiversity' were defined by scholars before trickling down to various publics. By contrast, Valuing Nature adopts a bottom-up approach. Focusing on France, Britain and their empires, we consider how practical engagement with plants, animals, landscapes, seascapes, natural materials and climate have been crucial to changing understandings and valuations of the natural world. We centre on everyday engagements with nature, whether by taxidermists, craftsmen, educators, amateur botanists, western or Indigenous people. Our aim is to broaden understandings of the actors involved in the growth of environmental consciousness, while thinking about how different skills and forms of knowledge have been variously valued, shaping epistemological hierarchies to this day.

Program

Tuesday 13 September, 2022

09:00-09:30
Coffee, registration and welcome at OdG ou Halle aux Farines (tbc), 75013 Paris

09:30-11:30
Participants talks
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Ladan Niayesh (Université Paris Cité)
‘Monetizing Nature: Mapping Assets and Risks in the 1550s Russian and English Empire-Building Projects’
- Vinicius de Carvalho (KCL)
‘Competing discourses about the Amazonia’
- James Metcalf (KCL)
‘‘Strange and Foreign Forms’: Queer Ecology and Eighteenth-Century Women's Poetry’
- Marine Bellégo (Université Paris Cité)
‘Valuing intertidal zones in nineteenth-century Brittany’

11:30-12:30
Lunch

12:30-14:00
Travel to Fontainebleau

14:00-17:00
Station d'écologie forestière
Visit and guided walk in Fontainebleau Forest

14:00-15:00
Coffee and introductory talk at the Station d'écologie forestière with Odile Loison (Head of Programmes)

15:00-17:00
Guided forest walk with Claude Lagarde (Forest Warden and former officer of the French Forestry Commission, biodiversity manager for the inter-regional agency of Fontainebleau)

17:00-19:00
Travel to Paris - free time

19:00
Dinner

Wednesday 14 September, 2022

09:00-09:30
Coffee and welcome at IEA de Paris, 17 quai d’Anjou, 75004 Paris                             

09:30-11:30
Participants talks
- Nathalie Blanc (Université Paris Cité)
‘La nature au travail: faune et flore dans l'espace des villes’
- Louisette Rasoloniaina (Université Paris Cité)
‘Overlayering the layers, pulling the threads, and weaving the echo-systemic thinking’

11:30-13:00
Lunch

13:00-14:00
Travel to La Ferme du Rail, 75019 Paris

14:00-15:00
Guided tour of La Ferme du Rail with Clara Simay (Architect Dplg, project manager and co-founder of Grand Huit)

15:00-17:00
Networking, projects, closing discussion

17:00
End of the workshop

Practical information

Free entrance with mandatory registration : afennetaux@yahoo.fr

14 Sep 2022 17:00
No
27960
Conferences and workshops