Performing Nature

PN@WE is envisaged as a series of workshops focused on various ways people 'do nature'. Nature is performed through knowledge practices with different ontic commitments, ideas of order, different materialities and constituting different socialities. The workshops focus on productions of knowledge both within and outside the confines of science and towards the translations that occur between knowledge practices.

We perceive humans, social processes, as well as natural and environmental processes as mutually co-constituting. Our general aim is to oppose the binary extremism of much modern analysis through comparative research using Norway and Australia as our primary case sites. In our opinion, it can be profitable to pursue nature in places that in some sense are politically/or economically peripheral or remote. We study landscape practices, nature narrative, and other ways of performing nature. We are interested in contemporary environmental policy, history of nature, and the role of nature in nation building in Norway and Australia. Our methodological framework seeks to recognise new enactments
of nature in this globalising era, and to understand how old enactments are being regenerated.

We ask

  • What is the role of nature in nation building?
  • What does it take to be wild? What does it take to be native?
  • Why and when does 'nature' unite, and when does it divide?
  • How can we understand the roles of history, memory and landscape practices in the making of place and of nation?
  • How are the Sami and the Aborigines enrolled (or not) in nation building through landscape practices.
  • What are the relations between environmental policies and indigenous populations?
  • Why do certain conflicts over landscapes or wildlife become global issues, while others remain local?
  • What does it mean to be outdoors and why is it important?
  • Why do so many Norwegians have access to 'hytte' and how does it relate to the cultural construction of nature in Norway? What does being in nature constitute?
  • How are specific forms of dwelling constructed as part of culture and how do these shape the landscape?
  • What does the Norwegian 'allemannsrett' (rights of access) and 'odelsrett'
  • entail, and what are their implications for nature practices? How does law and
  • specific legal practices contribute to the constitution of nature?
  • What does egalitarian individualism entail in Norway and Australia in relation to nature engagements?
  • How is nature performed in national and local policies in Norway?
Published Dec. 14, 2010 5:00 PM - Last modified Mar. 14, 2017 11:11 AM