Linking Language, Culture, and the Environment: Twenty years of Biocultural Diversity Research and Action, 11:30 am – 1 pm, Sep. 24, 2015

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Thursday, September 24: Linking Language, Culture, and the Environment: Twenty years of Biocultural Diversity Research and Action

Indigenous societies tend to make no distinction between “nature” and “culture”, seeing people as an intrinsic part of a greater whole that is the natural world. In Western ways of thinking, instead, “nature” and “culture” have often been conceptualized as distinct realms, and people have been seen as separate from (and even dominant over) nature. So pervasive has this dichotomy been, that our vocabularies contain no words to refer to “nature and culture” together.
The concept of biocultural diversity emerged two decades ago as a way of bridging this gap. A new word had to be coined to encapsulate the idea that diversity in nature (biodiversity) and diversity in culture (cultural and linguistic diversity) are all manifestations of the diversity of life, and that they are interconnected and interdependent. This lecture by Dr. Luisa Maffi reviews the history and conceptual foundations of biocultural diversity and its applications in a variety of “real-world” situations.

Hosted by the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program & Department of Anthropology.

Thursday, September 24
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Anthropology and Sociology Building (near MOA)
Room 1109, 6303 NW Marine Drive’
Everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact Mark Turin, mark.turin@ubc.ca, 604-827-0613.

Source: The Talking Stick: News and Information from the First Nations Longhouse, September 15, 2015

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