‘Summer’ Session 2021 of NSU study circle: Nordic Environmental Ethics

October 14, 2021 - October 15, 2021

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for the ‘Summer’ Session 2021

of NSU study circle 6: Nordic Environmental Ethics

14-15 October 2021

online, with local gatherings


The urban, rural and wild: human-nature relations in the North

The Nordic Environmental Ethics study circle summer session will be held on October 14-15, 2021 online, enriched with local gatherings if they can be arranged safely.

Summer session 2021 has a special theme of ‘urban, rural and wild’ in Nordic human-nature relations. It will explore human-nature relationships in Nordic countries and cultures, paying attention to the geographical characteristics of Nordic countries and their role in shaping human-nature relationships and values. Explorations can travel from archipelagoes to mountains, from wild Lapland to the bustling cosmopolitan capitals of Nordic welfare states.  We encourage contributions addressing, for example, questions along these lines:

·       What is the moral value of northern lights or a fjord?

·       What is the moral value of Nordic cultural environments such as rural cultural landscapes?

·       What kinds of human-nature relations and environmental values do the present Nordic urban settings encourage and cultivate?

·       Do big distances or the abundance of coastline influence human-nature relations?

·       What right do humans have to claim nature as property, and what kind of relationship to nature is expressed by the so-called everyman’s rights (jokamiehenoikeudet, allemansrätten)?

·       What is unique in the Nordic landscapes like Lapland and how can they be valued?

These issues are given special attention, yet we welcome abstract submissions and presentations on any topic in environmental ethics done by Nordic researchers or in the Nordic context.

Submit abstracts (max 500 words) via email to Teea Kortetmäki (teea.t.kortetmaki[at]jyu.fi) by 30.6.2021. Decisions will be announced by 10.8.2021. Extended abstracts of c. 500–1500 words, to be pre-read by study circle participants, will be due 26.9.2021.

Nordic Environmental Ethics study circle is a part of Nordic Summer University (NSU) series of study circles. It runs biannually 2021–2023 and aims to explore environmental ethics in the Nordic context, with Nordic researchers and perspectives, encouraging Nordic exchange of ideas and aiming at establishing a more permanent Nordic Environmental Ethics Network.

Participation fee:

Participants are expected to pay NSU membership fee of 25€/10€. For those who paid this already for the Winter Symposium, the participation is free.

The Nordic Summer University (NSU) annual membership fee facilitates the existence of NSU, which is a volunteer-based organisation. As a member you can sign up for all events organised by NSU, take part in the democratic decision-making process on which NSU is based, and become part of the extensive network of NSU. There are two rates: a standard fee of 25 euros and a discounted membership of 10 euros for self-financed/freelance/independent students, scholars and artists.

Tervetuloa! Välkommen! Velkommen! Velkominn! Buresboahtin! Pyereest puáttim! Tiõrv pueʹttem! Welcome!

The Nordic Summer University (NSU) is a Nordic network for research and interdisciplinary studies.

NSU is a nomadic, academic institution, which organises workshop-seminars across disciplinary and national borders. Since it was established in 1950, Nordic Summer University has organised forums for cultural and intellectual debate in the Nordic and Baltic region, involving students, academics, politicians, and intellectuals from this region and beyond.

Decisions about the content and the organisational form of the NSU lay with its participants. The backbone of the activities in the NSU consists of its thematic study circles. In the study circles researchers, students and professionals from different backgrounds collaborate in scholarly investigations distributed regularly in summer and winter symposia during a three-year period.

The Nordic Summer University is committed to the principle of sustainability. At our symposia we offer vegetarian/vegan food only and aim towards zero waste. We thus invite members to bring their own reusable coffee cup and water bottle to the symposia and to consider carefully the carbon footprint of their travel choices.

For more information www.nordic.university

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