November 7, 14.15 Nils Lindahl Elliot will give a guest lecture "Observing Wildlife in Tropical Forests. A Geosemeiotic Approach"
November 7th at 14.15, Nils Lindahl Elliot’s (UK) will give a guest lecture “Observing Wildlife in Tropical Forests. A Geosemeiotic Approach” (abstract below).
The lecture is part of the Jakob von Uexküll lecture series organised by the department of semiotics and the Jakob von Uexküll centre.
The lectures is held at Jakobi 2-114 at 14.15-16.00. Everyone is welcome!
Observing Wildlife in Tropical Forests. A Geosemeiotic Approach
Nils Lindahl Elliot
How do tourists observe wildlife in tropical forests? Why would anyone engage in such a practice – or perhaps more precisely, in such practices? And what exactly is entailed by ‘wildlife observation’?
In this lecture Nils Lindahl Elliot will address these questions by way of what he describes as a geosemeiotic approach – a transdisciplinary perspective that articulates semeiotic, ecological, geographic, and sociological theories in order to explain how it is that tourists may perceive, conceive and interpret the fauna and flora in what are popularly described as ‘rainforests’. The spelling of semiotics with an extra ‘e’ reflects the investigation’s debt to Charles Sanders Peirce, who spelled the term in this manner, and whose semeiotic theory, phenomenology and ideal-realist philosophy provide a point of departure for the inquiry.
The presentation is divided into two parts. The first will offer an overview of the research, starting from an ethnographic investigation that engaged with the observational practices of tourists visiting the internationally-renowned biological reserve on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. The second part will focus on the semeiotic-phenomenological dimensions of the practices, with an account of the manner in which Peirce can be used to articulate three general modes of wildlife observation: immediate, dynamical, and mediate.
Nils Lindahl Elliot is a writer, teacher, and researcher based in Bristol, UK. His research investigates popular pedagogies of nature, with a special interest in the mediazation of such pedagogies. He is the author of Mediating Nature (Routledge, 2006), and of the forthcoming Observing Wildlife in Tropical Forests, a two-volume study that presents the results of research supported by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).