Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies / Working Groups / • Summer 2014 (Concepts of Nature and Future)

Working Group C

Concepts of Nature and Future: Africa and beyond

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This summer (2014) with our current Working Group, together with the invited Fellows, we have seeken to question approaches, presumptions and models of Western knowledge on nature, ecology and environment. Currently the perspective of natural sciences is dominating in such topics. In concepts and models time is treated as an external parameter allowing future events to be predictable in principle. Evaluating and protecting environments in the past and future has been based on the nature-culture dichotomy, despite repeated and substantial criticisms.

Discussions have taken place from the 8th-19th of may at Hugo Rüdel Straße 10 in the form of lectures and a conference

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Participants of the conference "Concepts of Nature and Future: Africa and beyond