Biodiversity Is an Artifact, or How People Make Ecosystems

TIME: 6pm – 7.30PM

The term “biodiversity”—which first appeared in the 1980s—is very much in vogue in the popular, scientific and political discourse around conservation and sustainability. For environmentalists, it has largely replaced “nature” as an organizing framework and rallying cry. But, like “nature,” “biodiversity” is portrayed as, and misunderstood to be, healthiest, safest and most “natural” in the absence of people.

A wealth of research from the natural and social sciences clearly demonstrates that, in fact, biological diversity cannot be understood independently of human societies and cultural diversity—for example, we now know that the regions of the world with the highest diversity of plants are also home to the richest diversity of human languages. In this talk, I will draw on political, historical and cultural ecology to show that biodiversity is a human invention, both conceptually and materially. We will discuss what this means for confronting ecological change and the climate crisis.

We have adapted the organization of Seminars and Conferences in respect of the government health provisions to guarantee strict compliance from all those involved in the academic experience (students, teachers, administrative staff), in an effort to safeguard everyone’s safety.

For this reason all the conferences will take place remotely and will be recorded; each of them will have a virtual classroom available on the BlackBoard e-learning platform that will be exactly comunicated.


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