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Wild Emotions: Affect and the Natural World

Date: 13‒15 December 2017
Venue: TBA at The University of Melbourne
Enquiries: Grace Moore (gmoo@unimelb.edu.au)
Convened by: Stephanie Trigg and Grace Moore

Whether it is red in tooth and claw or a goddess to be worshipped, nature is always an emotional subject.  The collaboratory will explore affective interactions with the natural world, and participants are invited to think about engagements with nature from any historical period.  Topics for consideration might include: stone, fire, water, human-animal relations, nature-worship, the sublime, representing the natural world, harnessing nature, taming nature, natural disasters, shifts in our understanding of nature, nature as therapy, taxonomy, mapping nature, returning to nature. 


Image: Robert John Thornton, The Temple of Flora. Cupid inspiring plants with love, 1805.  Image number F60083-89. Copyright, the British Library Board.