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Re-Scape: 'The Animal City'

  • Dolly Jørgensen (University of Stavanger)
Thursday 1 February 2018
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
F0.06 (tentative)

The Centre for Global Heritage and Development - a joint initiative from Leiden University, Delft Technical University and Erasmus University Rotterdam - and VU Amsterdam research institute CLUE+ cordially invite you for the next Re-Scape Colloquium, February 1st at the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden.

Registration is not required.

Multispecies cities

In this Re-Scape colloquium, we will discuss the idea of living with animals in urban communities. Humans live (and have historically lived) in multispecies cities: human structures and infrastructures serve as animal homes, our food becomes their food, and companions come in all biological forms. This calls for reflections about the way that cities have been and can be designed to accommodate wild co-inhabitants. Rather than framing this as rewilding the city, this colloquium will challenge participants to recognize the wild that already is and has been in the city.

Note: This colloquium will include a walking component to observe the multispecies city and sharing session afterward, so bring appropriate clothing and shoes.

About Dolly Jørgensen

Our guest speaker is Dolly Jørgensen. Dolly Jørgensen is an historian with research interests at the intersection of environment and technology. Her work has included topics as far ranging as modern animal conservation, medieval forestry and agriculture, medieval urban sanitation, artificial reef policies, and environmentalism in science fiction. She has co-edited two volumes: New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies (2013) and Northscapes: History, Technology & the Making of Northern Environments (2013); and has a new volume Visions of North in Premodern Europe coming in 2018. She was a practicing environmental engineer before earning a PhD in history from the University of Virginia in 2008. She is Professor of History at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

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