Up/Root Democracy 4: A Seat for Nature – Reading Room

On Wednesday February 10, Anne van Leeuwen from the Embassy of the North Sea is participating in another session of Up/Root Democracy. Up/Root Democracy, organised by Framer Framed and Netwerk Democratie, showcases the work of researchers, artists and activists; amidst an intersection of crisis, this program delves into how systems of extraction – be it digital, mineral or intellectual etc. – can be a force for or against democratisation.

The fourth session of Up/Root Democracy takes the form of an extended reading room, which delves deeper into the themes and conversation started during session three, A Seat for Nature.

After crossing through projects as diverse as land restoration, extending rights to more-than-human entities, and re-thinking ways of living in the land through responsible cooperation and rituals, this session explores further complications. How to avoid the pitfalls of anthropomorphism and paternalism when extending representation to non-humans? What attitudes and tools should we adopt as we restore equity between non-human organisms, anthropocentric systems, and natural landscapes?

The reading room will feature speakers from previous sessions and will be held in a private Zoom chat, with limited spaces. After signing up you will receive a mail with reading materials, including excerpts from texts by Bruno Latour, Jane Bennet, and Rachel Carson.

There are limited spots for the reading room. To receive reading materials and the zoom link for the session, please register: reserveren@framerframed.nl

The previous session was live streamed on 3 February 2021. If you wan’t to keep updated, please follow the Framer Framed YouTube channel.

Moderator: Sissel Marie Tonn; Panelists: The Soft Protest Digest; Fernando García-Dory, INLAND; Anne van Leeuwen, Embassy of the North Sea

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