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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Competing environmentalist discourses and language of solidarity [IUAES Commission for Linguistic Anthropology and IUAES Commission: Anthropology and the Environment]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 2.100

Given the complexity of contemporary environmental crises, the need to increase environmental awareness over the last decades has led to the progressive presence of competing environmental discourses in both academy and public. Many environmental general concepts are well-known, however they are often used in a haphazard way, while ways in which environmental problems are interpreted and solutions proposed at the environment/ development interface lack consistency. A recent integrational/ecological field of ecolinguistics has a great potential for contributing to trans-disciplinary collaborations among environmental research and environmental communication as it considers a wide range of oppressed groups (e.g. including animals and current generations of humans who are suffering from pollution and resource depletion), and considers the impact of discourses on the wider systems that support life. This panel invites papers that aim to reconsider various discourses, both synchronically and diachronically through original and empirically based case studies of the language and discourse involved in the discussion of environmental and ecological issues, and interrogate how, in the media, corporate and activist circles, language is employed to argue for and propagate selected positions on the growing ecological crisis. Along with criticising the destructive impact of discourses such as advertising or economics, or detecting ambivalent discourses such as eco-tourism, sustainability or greenwash, particularly welcome are papers using positive discourse analysis of new social and environmental movements, such as those that advocate food sovereignty or solidarity economy, that might provide understanding of how change happens, for the better, across a range of environmental issues.


  • P 14.1
    • Dr. Sujoldžić, Anita (Institute for Anthropological Research)
    • Dr. Orlić, Olga (Institute for Anthropological Research)
    • Dr. Istenič, Saša Poljak (Slovenia Sections Library of the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology Institute of Slovenian Ethnology)
  • P 14.2
    • Dr. Sujoldžić, Anita (Institute for Anthropological Research)
    • Dr. Orlić, Olga (Institute for Anthropological Research)
    • Dr. Istenič, Saša Poljak (Slovenia Sections Library of the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology Institute of Slovenian Ethnology)

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The Canadian food system relies heavily on managed pollination services from honeybees. Statistics Canada estimates that up to $5 billion of revenue is added yearly to the agricultural sector by honeybee pollination alone. The rising prices for colony rentals reflect that the reliance on this type of system is growing, despite the increasing losses reported by beekeepers each year. The Canadian As ... More
Presented by Ursula BERO on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
Created in 1994, the French association Welfarm aims to fight for the protection of farm animals and for a better consideration of their well-being, from breeding to slaughter. Through a range of different actions (organization of information campaigns, creation of teaching materials, opening of an educational farm, etc.) the association’s objective is to inform the public at large of the practi ... More
Presented by Coralie CHAMOIS on 28/8/2019 at 12:00
While the public debate was increasingly juxtaposing agricultural enterprises to environmental considerations, the bureaucrats I followed strived to facilitate cooperation and mutual recognition through the production of policy documents. Finding the right scientific knowledge, intentionally choosing illustrative picture for a policy plan, and negotiating headlines and sentence structures were amo ... More
Presented by Solfrid NORDRUM on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
This paper presents the digital ethnography of the Facebook group „Protect the Rivers of Stara Planina“, established in 2017 by local activists and with over 60,000 members today. Primarily an informal environmental grassroots movement against the construction of small hydropower plants in Serbia, with the help of social networks it has surpassed local level and become a wider environmental mo ... More
Presented by Dr. Ana BANIĆ GRUBIŠIĆ on 28/8/2019 at 13:45
Food sovereignty movement makes the significant part of the global struggle for solidarity (moral, good) economy as well as the important part in fighting the climate change. It is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. The struggle encompasses sev ... More
Presented by Dr. Olga ORLIĆ on 28/8/2019 at 14:05
Ethno-ecology is a sub-discipline of ethnobiology and can be defined as an interdisciplinary science concerned with analyzing and interpreting the origins, evolution and the functions of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in a certain socio-cultural system. The interplay between traditional ecological knowledge and the members of the society is known as social-ecological system. TEK are social ... More
Presented by Dr. Ani BAJRAMI on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
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