2018年9月18日 星期二

【活動】2018「能源、生態與城市文化」學術研討會

2018「能源、生態與城市文化」學術研討會
       (Energy, Ecology and the Culture of Cities)

時        間:2018/11/23、24
地        點:國立中興大學人文大樓1樓102室
會議時間:9:00~17:30
主辦單位:國立中興大學人文與社會科學研究中心
                  永續農業創新發展研究中心
合辦單位:國立中興大學外國語文學系

活動網站 http://precious-rhinoceros.w5.wpsandbox.pro

辦理宗旨:
我們對於城市的想像與城市生態的論述多半停留在鄉村與城市的二元對立上,鄉村歷來被認為是能源與生態的來源,而城市則是消費與耗能的場所。本研討會試圖重新思索這個主題,從能源、生態與文化的角度切入,透過對文學、藝術及影像等媒介的閱讀,探討城市作為一個生態體系的可能想像模式。


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「Energy, Ecology and the Culture of Cities」International Symposium

Time:November 23-24
Venue:Humanities Building,National Chung Hsing University,Taichung, Taiwan
Keynote speakers:Ursula K. Heise (UCLA)
                 Chang Chia-ju (CUNY)

Website:    http://precious-rhinoceros.w5.wpsandbox.pro/
  
Organizers:Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, NCHU
           Innovation and Development Center of Sustainable Agriculture (IDCSA), NCHU
Co-organizers:Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NCHU


About the Symposium
There is a long tradition conceiving of the city as a kind of parasite – the seat of powerful elites which, as geographer Guy Brechin has argued with respect to San Francisco, syphon food, raw materials, and labor from the “contado,” as medieval Italians referred to the territory controlled by a particular city state. Marx and Engels described this uneven relationship in terms of a “metabolic rift,” where the natural fertility of the soil is flushed down urban sinkholes. Contemporary theories of uneven development continue this line of thought. Forests are cut, hills strip-mined, oceans depleted, and the countryside depopulated to feed the city’s maw. The greater the city, the greater its hunger for energy and labor, and the larger its ecological footprint.
But if a city is the visible expression of the energy system which made it possible, it can never be just the opposite of the countryside. Rather, their relationship resembles that between the sporocarp and the mycelium of a fungus: far-flung, barely visible filaments gather nutrients which the fruitbody assembles into a tangible shape – and eventually disperses in the form of spores.
What does the city give back? The obvious answer would be: culture. For this symposium, we invite papers that examine cultural expressions of urban life in terms of their energetic and ecological implications.



Agenda

11/23

11/24