Nancy Langston: Tipping Points: Reindeer on the Move

Onsdag 30. november 2022 kl. 14:15-15:30,
Hulda Garborgs hus,
HG N-105.

Greenhouse gjesteforsker i grønn omstilling Nancy Langston holder foredrag om sitt prosjekt

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Nancy Langston

In the fall of 2022, University of Stavanger is welcoming 12 guest researchers and artists from across the world to engage with each other and the UiS community in a semester-long exploration of the meanings of green transitions.

In this Greenhouse Green Transitions Lecture, Nancy Langston presents the project she is working on during this fellowship in Stavanger.

Nancy Langston is Distinguished Professor of Environmental History at Michigan Technological University. In 2021, she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from American Society for Environmental History, and she is author of five books, most recently Climate Ghosts: Migratory Species in the Anthropocene (Brandeis University Press. 2021).

Langston’s Tipping Points project uses visual arts to grapple with the unsettling contradictions of climate change and just transitions. Her paintings convey changes primarily in cold regions, where the waters are rising, forests are dying, fire cycles are changing, wildlife is vanishing, and people are struggling. But these are the places that we still love, places that remain beautiful even as they undergo massive transformations. In Stavanger, Langston will focus on a section of the project titled “Reindeer on the Move,” which examines wildlife translocations—particularly assisted colonization--as a controversial tool for a green transition. Moving wildlife about the world has always involved questions of power, social relations, and visions of a desired future. Langston’s goal for this project is to engage viewers in contemplating what kind of world we will bequeath to future generations. How will they look back at traces from our snowy world?

The lecture will be live streamed on Zoom. Register via Zoom to receive a link. A recording of the lecture with captioning will be available afterwards.