Seminar "Multispecies City: diversity, communication, conflicts"
1.-2. December 2017
Tartu Loodusmaja (Lille, 10 Tartu)
Urban environments are inhabited not only by humans but by a number of species, including our pets, plants introduced by humans, commensals taking advantage of human resources, and also native species of the given area. Different species are related by manifold of relations: food chains, behavioural co-adaptations, interspecies communication, use of shared environments, and also cultural representations in case of human culture. A lot of this diversity is, however, concealed and the existence of other species in urban environments becomes often noticed only in the case of problematic and conflictive encounters. The unfolding interactions between species also depend heavily on spatial arrangements: urban planning, allocation of resources, migratory routes of birds and mammals and so on.
The diversity of species and their relations in urban environments makes multispecies city also a problematic object to study: it requires interdisciplinary co-operation and broad methodological approach. The aim of the current seminar is to bring together different disciplines working with the non-human species in cities to shed light upon differences as well as overlaps between approaches. This would include both theoretically-oriented approaches of semiotics and environmental history and more practically oriented approaches of urban planning and environmental education; natural science studies of plant and animal species in urban environments as well as humanities’ approaches to human discourses on and representations of other species. It is hoped that the seminar will open up new avenues and possibilities for future interdisciplinary cooperation.
Plenary lecture by Ingvar Svanberg: Various uses of urban ponds in Sweden from medieval times until the present day. (abstract)
For registering your participation please fill the form https://goo.gl/forms/hVt8kcTM1K9yB7WH3 for November 19 latest.
Graduate School event
Seminar is also an event of the Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics (GSLPS). Aims of the event for graduate students are acquiring information about the role of various species in urban environment; describing multispecies city from different disciplinary perspectives: semiotics, urban architecture, environmental history, biology; and integrating these perspectives. Graduate students may get 1 EAP by taking part of the entire seminar and by writing an overview of the event (6000 char.).
9.50 Timo Maran. Welcome address
10.00 Kalevi Kull. Semiotic mechanisms of biodiversity alienation in the city
10.30 Elle Roosaluste. Should the city be beautiful and what is the role of greenery in creating this beauty
11.00 Nelly Mäekivi. Preliminary notes on human and other animal species mutual interaction in cities
12.00 Ingvar Svanberg. Plenary lecture. Various uses of urban ponds in Sweden from medieval times until the present day
14.30 Field trip to a Tartu community garden (guided by Aili Elts).
16.00 Ene-Reet Soovik. Jaan Kaplinski's urbanature
16.30 Timo Maran. How literature helps to make sense how humans make sense of other species (in cities)
17.30 Aili Elts. The hidden city - our green future
18.00 Karin Bachmann. Human-scale diversity
10.00 Marko Mägi. Acoustical scaring of corvids in the city
10.30 Sugata Bhattacharya. The perils of urban navigation for volant animals
11.00 Filip Jaroš. Cats and people in urban environments: Pets, strays and shelters
12.00 Tiit Remm, Riin Magnus. Urban semiotics and urban nature: on the example of foreign trees
12.30 Veljo Runnel. Citizens discovering biodiversity in Tartu
14.00 Gloria Niin, Liina Jürisoo. Fight for implementing environmentally friendly urban green space management and design in the University of Life Sciences
14.30 Toomas Paaver. Controversial urban planning in Estonia
16.00 Roundtable. Towards multispecies city: challenges, prospects, hesitations
The seminar is supported by Estonian Research Council (PUT1363. Semiotics of multispecies environments: agencies, meaning making and communication conflicts) and by the (European Union) European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA and Mobilitas+ project MOBJD124. Social behavior of animals in a cognitive and environmental context: a biosemiotic perspective).