LBE Reading Circle

London Hub at Wellcome Collection, London
June 2022 – March 2023

A reading circle for non-experts, hosted by the London-based team of Land Body Ecologies at the Hub at Wellcome Collection. In a ten-session sequence of monthly meetings, featured text were picked by different team members, with the aim of introducing a topic to LBE’s research from the perspective of their expertise. Aligning with Land Body Ecologies’ multidisciplinary approach, themes spanned from Mental Health to Lands Rights, from Climate Change to Arts or Design. Readings ranged in format, from academic papers to fiction and poetry, and were explored among participants from all other fields of action of Land Body Ecologies. A space for introductory and inclusive conversation, welcoming all levels of knowledge for exchange.


15 June 2022
Reading Circle #1: Indigenous worldviews and the environment

  • ‘Ideas to Postpone the End of the World’ and ‘Of Dreams and the Earth’; Both chapters of the book Ideas to Postpone the End of the World, by Ailton Krenak (2020, Companhia das Letras).

13 July 2022
Reading Circle #2: Shared lives of humans and animals

  • ‘The Wise Salmon that Returned Home’, by Outi Autti; A chapter of the book Shared Lives of Humans and Animals (2017, Routledge).

17 August 2022
Reading Circle #3: Solastalgia

  • ‘Solastalgia’ – A New Concept in Health and Identity, by Glenn Albrecht, published at PAN: philosophy activism nature (2005; 3, 44-59).

21 September 2022
Reading Circle #4: Ecocriticism in the Global South

  • Ecocriticism and the Southern Challenge by Animesh Roy, published by Revista Rile (Vol. 1 No. 2, Jan–Jun 2019).

12 October 2022
Reading Circle #5: Creative Methodologies in Collective Memory

  • Collective memory and research-led filmmaking: Spatial legacies of dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, by Lisa Blackmore, published in The International Journal of Media and Culture, Volume 16, 2018 - Issue 2: Memory & Human Rights.

16 November 2022
Reading Circle #6: Disability Justice and Care

  • ‘Care Webs: Experiments in Creating Collective Access’; A chapter of the book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (2018, Arsenal Pulp Press).

7 December 2022
Reading Circle #7: Sense of place

  • The contribution of sense of place to social-ecological systems research: a review and research agenda’,  by Vanessa A. Masterson, Richard C. Stedman, Johan Enqvist, Maria Tengö, Matteo Giusti, Darin Wahl and Uno Svedin; and published in the Journal Ecology and Society (Mar 2017, Vol. 22, No. 1, Mar 2017).

25 January 2023
Reading Circle #8: Tales from a Saami reindeer herder and entrepreneur

  • ‘The Aigiverse’, a chapter of the book Aigi: Fathoms of the Fenlake, by Ante Aikio (2015, Goranus)

15 February 2023
Reading Circle #9: A fiction narrative on ‘coming home’

  • ‘The Quail Song’, followed by ‘Towards an Archaeology of the future’; Both excerpts from the book: Always Coming Home by Ursula Le Guin, Todd Barton, Margaret Chodos-Irvine, George Hersh (1985, Harper & Row).

22 March 2023
Reading Circle #10: Design attuned to environmental justice

  • ‘Design for the Real World – But Which "World"? What "Design"? What "Real"? Out of the studio and into the Flow of Socionatural Life’; An excerpt of the book Designs for the Pluriverse – Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Words by Arturo Escobar (2017, Duke University Press).

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