The Virtual Nightingale + future seminars

7 May: David Rothenberg’s The Virtual Nightingale: A Performance/Lecture (Emute)

To celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day and the dramatic reduction in anthropogenic acoustic smog, special guest speaker / performer David Rothenberg will be giving next week’s Emute seminar.

Thursday, May 7,  4pm (BST) on Zoom
Open to all: please register

Rothenberg, author of Why Birds Sing and Nightingales in Berlin, veteran performer with nature sounds near and far, will discuss his work with nightingales and underwater pond insects, explaining why human music can be enhanced by taking the sounds of the natural world seriously.

Future SHL seminar events

Covid-19 reminds us how interconnected we are: globally as a species and biologically as members of the animal kingdom; it also reminds us that the social, economic, ecological, political and technological dimensions/ dynamics of our world are just as intrinsically coupled.

As we prepare to create the “new normal,” how can we better think across and beyond disciplines to celebrate and harness these entanglements in the (re)design of our technological, economic and social infrastructures, such as can serve, support and nourish socio-environmental dynamics for the benefit of all living organisms?

In a recent article, Lenton and Latour revisit Lovelock and Margulis’s famous Gaia hypothesis, which posits the Earth as a synergistic, self-regulating system.

[…] it is important to have a second look at the connection between the original Gaia concept and a possible Gaia 2.0, because the original Gaia has many traits that were not detectable in earlier notions of nature associated with the development of Western civilization. Before the Anthropocene, Western societies saw themselves as the only conscious agents in a passive material environment.

Watch this space for details of forthcoming virtual events, exploring the role of the technosphere among myriad other adaptive systems, and how the Digital Humanities can contribute to reshaping the material reality we all live in and through, perhaps realising Lenton and Latour’s aspiration of ‘Gaia 2.0.’