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Uppsala University

1. Nitschke, Mattias. “Nya gröna vågen”- the new back-to-the-landers : Growing new pathways to the future.

Degree: Earth Sciences, 2019, Uppsala University

In the face of climate change, political instability, ecological destruction, extinction of species and other global issues humanity is facing, various studies are showing that a radical societal transformation is needed to avoid an ecological collapse. This thesis explores the contemporary social-environmental phenomenon “nya gröna vågen” (new-back-to-the-landers) in Sweden as a response to an urgent need for societal transformation as well as a resistance to the conventional modern society. The aim of the study is to examine the material practices in which people within “nya gröna vågen” are involved, how their ideas relate to those practices, and what could be learned from the practitioners in terms of future pathways. To meet this aim, a variant of practice theory is used, which acknowledges non-human actors as well as ideas. Material practice is conceptualized as a network of associations of human and non-humans in specific time-spaces. The study uses semi-structured interviews with practitioners within “nya gröna vågen” and observations. The results show that practices within “nya gröna vågen” are connected to the physical surrounding where they are performed. The material practices of, for example, food provisioning, are understood as embodied understandings of the world made up by a network of human and non-human actors. Further, the material practices within “nya gröna vågen” are based on the idea of a co-creation of human and non-human actors shaping the world. The results also indicate how the actors’ material world-making practices responds to the current planetary situation. In response to what they perceive to be an ecological crisis, they have become involved in practices like regenerative agriculture, adapting to the evolving landscape and water projects. The results also present how the material practices bounded to a specific place as a platform for life are giving a sense of stability and belonging. A relational way of life where people are shaping new imaginations on how to navigate and make life in the future through practices in human/non-human networks.

Subjects/Keywords: Sustainable development; gröna vågen; nya gröna vågen; non-human; material practices; modernity; ontological turn; alternative food provisioning practices; physical surroundings; back-to-the-land; practice theory; Earth and Related Environmental Sciences; Geovetenskap och miljövetenskap

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APA (6th Edition):

Nitschke, M. (2019). “Nya gröna vågen”- the new back-to-the-landers : Growing new pathways to the future. (Thesis). Uppsala University. Retrieved from http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397898

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Nitschke, Mattias. ““Nya gröna vågen”- the new back-to-the-landers : Growing new pathways to the future.” 2019. Thesis, Uppsala University. Accessed December 03, 2020. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397898.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Nitschke, Mattias. ““Nya gröna vågen”- the new back-to-the-landers : Growing new pathways to the future.” 2019. Web. 03 Dec 2020.

Vancouver:

Nitschke M. “Nya gröna vågen”- the new back-to-the-landers : Growing new pathways to the future. [Internet] [Thesis]. Uppsala University; 2019. [cited 2020 Dec 03]. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397898.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Nitschke M. “Nya gröna vågen”- the new back-to-the-landers : Growing new pathways to the future. [Thesis]. Uppsala University; 2019. Available from: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397898

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation


York University

2. Swain, Sara Ann. Feral Ecologies: A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Media.

Degree: PhD, Communication & Culture, Joint Program with Ryerson University, 2017, York University

This dissertation wonders what non-human animals can illuminate about media in the visible contact zones where they meet. It treats these zones as rich field sites from which to excavate neglected material-discursive-semiotic relationships between animals and media. What these encounters demonstrate is that animals are historically and theoretically implicated in the imagination and materialization of media and their attendant processes of communication. Chapter 1 addresses how animals have been excluded from the cultural production of knowledge as a result of an anthropocentric perspective that renders them invisible or reduces them to ciphers for human meanings. It combines ethology and cinematic realism to craft a reparative, non-anthropocentric way of looking that is able to accommodate the plenitude of animals and their traces, and grant them the ontological heft required to exert productive traction in the visual field. Chapter 2 identifies an octopuss encounter with a digital camera and its chance cinematic inscription as part of a larger phenomenon of accidental animal videos. Because non-humans are the catalysts for their production, these videos offer welcome realist counterpoints to traditional wildlife imagery, and affirm cinemas ability to intercede non-anthropocentrically between humans and the world. Realism is essential to cinematic communication, and that realism is ultimately an achievement of non-human intervention. Chapter 3 investigates how an Internet hoax about a non-human ape playing with an iPad in a zoo led to the development of Apps for Apes, a real life enrichment project that pairs captive orangutans with iPads. It contextualizes and criticizes this projects discursive underpinnings but argues that the contingencies that transpire at the touchscreen interface shift our understanding of communication away from sharing minds and toward respecting immanence and accommodating difference. Finally, Chapter 4 examines a publicity stunt wherein a digital data-carrying homing pigeon races against the Internet to meet a computer. Rather than a competition, this is a continuation of a longstanding collaboration between the carrier pigeon and the infrastructure of modern communications. The carrier pigeon is not external but rather endemic to our understanding of communication as a material process that requires movement and coordination to make connections. Advisors/Committee Members: Zryd, Mike (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Philosophy; Communication; Technological Modernity; Media Materiality; Mobility; Mobile Media; Media Studies; Media Theory; Media History; Web Studies; Philosophy of Technology; Philosophy of Media; Philosophy of Communication; Materiality of Communication; Communications Networks; Assemblage Theory; Telecommunications; Telecommunications Infrastructure; Touchscreens; Interspecies Games; Interspecies Communication; Apps for Apes; Animal Enrichment; Great Ape Communication; Animals; Octopuses; Great Apes; Orangutans; Homing Pigeons; Carrier Pigeons; War Pigeons; Zoos; Animal Captivity; Animal Representation; Wildlife documentary; Wildlife Imagery; Animals in Visual Culture; Animal Ethics; Nature-Cultures; Media Ecology; Digital Aesthetics; Digital Culture; YouTube; Photobombs; Videobombs; Accidental Films; Cameras; Computer Tablets; Telegraph; Train; Internet; Cinema; André Bazin; Jakob von Uexküll; Umwelt; Film-Philosophy; Cinematic Realism; Speculative Realism; Animal Studies; Non-Human Turn; Posthumanism.

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APA (6th Edition):

Swain, S. A. (2017). Feral Ecologies: A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Media. (Doctoral Dissertation). York University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33424

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Swain, Sara Ann. “Feral Ecologies: A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Media.” 2017. Doctoral Dissertation, York University. Accessed December 03, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33424.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Swain, Sara Ann. “Feral Ecologies: A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Media.” 2017. Web. 03 Dec 2020.

Vancouver:

Swain SA. Feral Ecologies: A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Media. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. York University; 2017. [cited 2020 Dec 03]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33424.

Council of Science Editors:

Swain SA. Feral Ecologies: A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Media. [Doctoral Dissertation]. York University; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33424

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