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After having discussed the diversity and multiplicity of perspectives on Climate Change and Climate Change Research, the second class – under the header of “We Walk!” – will deal with the heart of the Climate Walk’s methodological approach, namely with walking! For sheding light on the potential and challenges of “research/fieldwork on foot”, four brilliant speakers will share their considerations and experiences with regards to walking in and through rapidly changing landscapes.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (Chinese Proverb, Laozi)
Slot 1 (16.45-18.15)
Lecture 1: Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen): Walking in a Weather-World (+ Q & A session)
Tim Ingold is Professor Emeritus of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He has carried out fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, on animals in human society, and on human ecology and evolutionary theory. His more recent work explores environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold’s current interests lie on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. His recent books include The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011), Making (2013), The Life of Lines (2015), Anthropology and/as Education (2018), Anthropology: Why it Matters (2018) and Correspondences (2020).
Lecture 2: Ulrich Grober (Publicist, Author): Thinking like a mountain. How to explore the landmarks of change – on foot (+ Q & A session)
Ulrich Grober is a German publicist, broadcaster and journalist. His work covers cultural history as well as future visions, sustainability and ecological lifestyles. His books on the art of hiking and the idea of sustainability invite us to rediscover the essence of modern-day concepts, their soul and soft power. They had a considerable impact on the discussion and led to numerous invitations to lecture at universities and civil society groups.
Slot 2 (18.30-20.00)
Lecture 1: Ivan Foletti (Masaryk University, Brno): Walking: a Tool for Discovering the Past (+ Q & A session)
Ivan Foletti is full professor of art history at Masaryk University, Brno, where he specializes in the art of Milan, Rome, and the Caucasus in the Late Antique and Early Medieval periods. In his research he explores the notion of “sacred space” as multimedia reality, considering all techniques and the performance of human bodies. His further research interests include the interaction between politics, ideologies and art history from 19th century Russia to 20th century Czechoslovakia and France, and the Pilgrimage art of 12th and 13th century.
Lecture 2: Ernst Merkinger (Blogger & Long-Distance Hiker): Recognize and realize trough Walking (+ Q & A session)
Ernst Merkinger is a long- distance-hiker/pilgrim, meditation- teacher and author. He started meditating at the age of thirteen. Thirteen years later, he did his first pilgrimage, which has been the beginning of being grasped by its quality, impact of being on foot for a longer period of time. A 3.500 km walk from Vienna to Marrakesh, several long-distance-hikes in the alps (Lechweg, Adlerweg, Alpe-Adria-Trail, etc.) were the next steps in his life. Since 2020 Ernst has been offering online meditations.
With regards to access to and grading of the lecture series:
All the classes can be accessed through a recurring Zoom link open for everyone: https://univienna.zoom.us/j/99951349832?pwd=eS9HbzBxSXZIaHlKV2JhcFVWM09sZz09
Besides, studens of the University of Vienna may want to register for the course. For successfully completing the course and getting the ECTS, students have to submit a written seven-page paper after the end of the course. Please find more information of registration and assessment on: https://ufind.univie.ac.at/en/course.html?lv=240073&semester=2021S
For questions of recognition of the course please consult with your repective study program office.
RECORDING: www.sprint.climatewalk.eu/cwlecturerecordings (Please note that it may take some days after the session until the recording is available)
The Climate Walk is a combined research, education and media-art project by the Wanderers of Changing Worlds. It is about walking across Europe to understand regional experiences of Climate Change. It is about listening to local perspectives, learning from them and connecting these stories together to construct a holistic, people-centric understanding of these complex phenomena.