Environmental Identities: Dr. Susan Clayton

Environmental Identities #1: A conversation with Dr. Susan Clayton exploring Environmental Identity

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 16:00 (CEST)

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Jan van Eyck Academie kindly invites you to join the inaugural event of the Environmental Identities series, during which conservation psychologist Dr. Susan Clayton will share her expertise on the human relationship with nature, how it is socially constructed, and how it can be utilized to promote environmental concern.

The unfolding changes brought upon us by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, spanning from individual behaviours to planetary conducts, have underlined that our common lives are inextricably linked to a more comprehensive ecosystem. In addition, the often-impassioned nature of environmental conflicts reiterate that they are tied with our sense of personal and social identity, further attesting that environmental breakdown is not only a techno-scientific battleground but also as an ontological one. In the light of this, Environmental Identities offers a programme of public conversations, screenings and other online and offline events in pursuit of a multi-layered understanding of the co-defining relation between self- and social identity and the natural environment.

Throughout this first event, the notion of environmental identity will be defined and discussed in relation to group identity, political and ideological affiliations, climate change, perceptions of social justice and inequity, essentialist conceptions of individual, gender, race, among other topics. To find out more about the Environmental Identities series and Dr. Susan Clayton, please feel free to download a brochure

Dr Susan Clayton is Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology and chair of Psychology at the College of Wooster, USA. She co-authored the American Psychological Association (APA) reports on “Psychology and Global Climate Change” and “Psychological Impacts of Climate Change.” Moreover, Clayton is a lead author on the upcoming 6th assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


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