Environmental Identities #2: National Identity & Environmental Hostility
With Hanna Rullmann, Faiza Ahmad Khan, Domenico Mangano, Marieke van Rooy and Dr. Bernhard Forchtner. Mediated by Bruno Alves de Almeida.
15 July, 16:00 (CEST)
The Jan van Eyck Academie kindly invites you to the second event of Environmental Identities – a series of public conversations, screenings and other online and offline events, which pursues a multi-layered understanding of the co-defining relation between self- and social identity and the natural environment.
Following the inaugural event of the series, a conversation with social psychologist Dr. Susan Clayton, Environmental Identities #2 brings together Hanna Rullmann, Faiza Ahmad Khan, Domenico Mangano, Marieke van Rooy and Dr. Bernhard Forchtner who will dissect far-right ideologies and the understandings of the natural environment embedded in them. This discussion, preceded by week-long online screenings of the films Habitat 2190 (2019) by Hanna Rullmann & Faiza Ahmad Khan, and Oysters for Naturalization (2019) by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy, will explore how the connection between natural environment and social/national identity provides an arena for the inclusion and exclusion of certain bodies and subjectivities, both human and non-human. Topics of discussion will revolve around the “weaponization” of nature; climate denialism, national sovereignty and transnational challenges of climate change; the relation between the supposed and perceived threats of foreign species, races and cultures; and others.
With Habitat 2190, London-based designer Hanna Rullmann and award-winning Mumbai-based filmmaker Faiza Ahmad Khan reveal various complexities around how nature and the protection of rare species are regarded as an opportunity to make claims over territory, thus juxtaposing the value placed in the protection of other species against the lack of care for certain groups of human beings in vulnerable positions.
Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy's practice combines archival research, participation and educational projects. The duo then transforms these into works of art consisting of film, spatial installations, photos, drawings, performances and publications. In their film, the duo explores the extent to which one may intervene to reduce the expansion of the exotic Asian oyster in the Dutch Wadden Sea, all the while reflecting on Dutch politics since the 1980s, specficially, integration issues.
Dr. Bernhard Forchtner, specialist on far-right activism, with an emphasis on environmentalist rhetoric by the far right, will join the discussion and share his expertise on the role global warming and/or biodiversity are playing in far-right communication. He is Associate Professor and Director of Postgraduate Research at the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at University of Leicester, as well as the editor of the book The far right and the environment: politics, discourse and communication (New York: Routledge, 2019).
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