Online teaching materials


  Reorienting Environmental Art Education
Henrika Ylirisku, 2021

There is a diverse tradition in art education for advancing environmental, ecological and sustainability-related topics. But are the existing conceptualisations and approaches to environmental art education sufficient in this time of ecological crises?
This dissertation examines the theoretical-philosophical groundings of environmental art education and discusses the limitations that arise from its ties to Western dualistic thinking that maintain the separateness of human and nature, and furthermore, reasserts human exceptionalism.
Conventional conceptions of human-nature relations are disturbed in the research drawing on posthumanist theories. An experiment mobilised through orienteering in the Finnish forests activates imaginings towards a posthumanist environmental art education. The research proposes generative potentials in art educational strategies for queering normative human-nature relations and acknowledging more-than-human agencies. It further encourages future environmental art education to focus on complex material and multispecies entanglements and attend to their ethics and politics.

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  Repair Revolution
How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture
Elizabeth Knight & John Wakcman, 2020

Every year, millions of people throw away countless items because they don’t know how to fix them. Some products are manufactured in a way that makes it hard, if not impossible, for people to repair them themselves. This throwaway lifestyle depletes Earth’s resources and adds to overflowing landfills. Now there’s a better way. Repair Revolution chronicles the rise of Repair Cafes, Fixit Clinics, and other volunteer-run organizations devoted to helping consumers repair their beloved but broken items for free. Repair Revolution explores the philosophy and wisdom of repairing, as well as the Right to Repair movement. It provides inspiration and instructions for starting, staffing, and sustaining your own repair events. “Fixperts” share their favorite online repair resources, as well as tips and step-by-step instructions for how to make your own repairs. Ultimately, Repair Revolution is about more than fixing material objects: in an age of over-consumption and planned obsolescence, do-it-yourself repair is a way of caring for our lives, our communities, and our planet.


  A Wild Love for the World
Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time
Joanna Macy. Edited by Stephanie Kaza, 2020

“Being fully present to fear, to gratitude, to all that is—this is the practice of mutual belonging. As living members of the living body of Earth, we are grounded in that kind of belonging. Even when faced with cataclysmic changes, nothing can ever separate us from Earth. We are already home.”—Joanna Macy
Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology whose decades of writing, teaching, and activism have inspired people around the world. In this collection of writings, leading spiritual teachers, deep ecologists, and diverse writers and activists explore the major facets of Macy’s lifework. Combined with eleven pieces from Macy herself, the result is a rich chorus of wisdom and compassion to support the work of our time.
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  Nature Is Nurture
Counseling and the Natural World
Megan E. Delaney, 2020

From foraging and hunting for food to (more recently) finding solace and peace in a beautiful vista, humans have long interacted with the natural world. Though a connection to nature runs deep in our DNA, however, people of the modern age are indoors almost 93% of the day. With that said, there is a growing evidence suggests that the natural world promotes mental and physical well-being, including stress relief, improved mood, and neurological benefits. Ecotherapy, a steadily developing but lesser-known construct in mental health, explores the reciprocal relationship humans have with nature and its capacity to build strength and provide healing.
Nature Is Nurture provides an overview of the theoretical concepts and empirical bases of ecotherapy via historical considerations and recent research within the discipline. Chapters share practical ways to incorporate ecotherapy with children, adults, and veteran populations; within schools; and in group work. Descriptions of modalities such as animal-assisted, equine-assisted, horticultural, forest-bathing, green-exercise, and adventure-based therapy are also included alongside case examples, techniques, and practical and ethical considerations. In examining the impact of improved physical and mental wellness for all clients, this book provides counselors, therapists, social workers, and psychologists with the knowledge and techniques to infuse ecotherapy into everyday practice.
Oxford University Press


  Why Science and Art Creativities Matter
(Re-)Configuring STEAM for Future-Making Education
Pamela Burnard and Laura Colucci-Gray
(Eds.), 2020

Why Science and Arts Creativities Matter is a ground-breaking text which significantly extends current understandings of STEAM and debates about individuation of disciplines vis-à-vis transdisciplinary theory. Drawing upon posthumanism, new materialism and enactivism, this collection of chapters aims to dwell further into the ways in which we come to know in relationship with the world. The text draws together a wide set of approaches and points of views to stimulate dialogue and awareness of the different ways in which we can extend the repertoire of human faculties for thinking and experiencing the world. A unique invitation is shared with readers to develop greater understanding of the contribution of education across the arts and sciences and to re-imagine our collective futures.
This book is a unique and timely volume that opens up several new lines of enquiry and arguments on STEAM education. It rebalances and readdresses the current emphasis in the literature around STEAM as another, newer opportunity to teach content. Instead, it brings a more specific focus on an entwining of contemporary theorists – putting theory to work – to extend the means for understanding and cultivating science and arts creativities, and make explicit key connections with the materiality of practices. This new go-to text offers a demonstration of how the latest research and theoretically engaged thinking (thinking through theory) on STEAM education can be put to work in practice.


  The Beauty of Detours
A Batesonian Philosophy of Technology
Yoni Van Den Eede, 2019

The Beauty of Detours
proposes a new way of understanding and defining technology by reading systems thinker Gregory Bateson in the framework of contemporary philosophy of technology. Although “technology” was not an explicit focus of Bateson’s oeuvre, Yoni Van Den Eede shows that his thought is permeated with insights directly relevant to contemporary technological concerns. This book provides a systematic reading of Bateson that reveals these under-investigated elements of his thought. It also critiques the field of philosophy of technology for still reifying “technology” too much despite its attempt to de-reify it, arguing instead that it should incorporate Bateson’s insights and focus more on processes of human knowing. Sketching a Batesonian philosophy of technology, Van Den Eede calls for greater attentiveness to the purpose of technology and its role in our lives.
SUNY Press

Green Media and the Dilemma of Environmental Virtue
Sarah McFarland Taylor, 2019

The stories we encounter about the environment in popular culture too often promote an imagined moral economy, assuring us that tiny acts of voluntary personal piety, such as recycling a coffee cup, or purchasing green consumer items, can offset our destructive habits. No need to make any fundamental structural changes. The trick is simply for the consumer to buy the right things and shop our way to a greener future.
It’s time for a reality check. Ecopiety offers an absorbing examination of the intersections of environmental sensibilities, contemporary expressions of piety and devotion, and American popular culture. Ranging from portrayals of environmental sin and virtue such as the eco-pious depiction of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, to the green capitalism found in the world of mobile-device “carbon sin-tracking” software applications, to the socially conscious vegetarian vampires in True Blood, the volume illuminates the work pop culture performs as both a mirror and an engine for the greening of American spiritual and ethical commitments.
Taylor makes the case that it is not through a framework of grim duty or obligation, but through one of play and delight, that we may move environmental ideals into substantive action.
NYU Press


  Dark Pedagogy
Education, Horror and the Anthropocene
 Lysgaard, Jonas Andreasen, Bengtsson, Stefan, Laugesen, Martin Hauberg-Lund, 2019

Dark Pedagogy explores how different perspectives can be incorporated into a darker understanding of environmental and sustainability education. Drawing on the work of the classic horror author H.P. Lovecraft and new materialist insights of speculative realism, the authors link Lovecraft’s ‘tales of the horrible’ to the current spectres of environmental degradation, climate change, and pollution. In doing so, they draw parallels between how humans have always related to the ‘horrible’ things that are scaled beyond our understanding and how education can respond to an era of climate catastrophe in the age of the Anthropocene. A new and darker understanding of environmental and sustainability education is thus developed: using the tripartite reaction pattern of denial, insanity and death to frame the narrative, the book subsequently examines the specific challenges of potentials of developing education and pedagogy for an age of mass extinction. This unflinching book will appeal to students and scholars of dark pedagogies as well as those interested in environment and sustainability education.
Palgrave MacMillan


  Along Ecological Lines
Contemporary Art and Climate Crisis
Dr. Barnaby Drabble (Ed.), 2019

Along Ecological Lines is the second critical anthology in Gaia Project’s bestselling Elemental series. Bringing together essays, interviews and case studies it examines the work and ideas of a range of environmentally engaged artists working in Europe today.
Providing readers an insight into practices that are dealing in different ways with the urgent and complex manifestations of climate change, this book addresses questions about how art can positively enter a discourse which is often dominated by political and scientific voices.
Spanning seven chapters of writings by artists, activists and academics, this volume brings together various interconnected themes from self-sufficiency and civil disobedience, to inter-species justice, divestment and de-growth, to environmental ethics.
The collected texts reveal a new immediacy amongst a growing network of practitioners collaborating across disciplines to bring creative, at times visionary methods to bear on environmental and ecological challenges.

Cornerhouse Publications



The ecological eye
Assembling an ecocritical art history
Andrew Patrizio, 2019

In the popular imagination, art history remains steeped in outmoded notions of tradition, material value and elitism. How can we awaken, define and orientate an ecological sensibility within the history of art? Building on the latest work in the discipline, this book provides the blueprint for an 'ecocritical art history', one that is prepared to meet the challenges of the Anthropocene, climate change and global warming. Without ignoring its own histories, the book looks beyond - at politics, posthumanism, new materialism, feminism, queer theory and critical animal studies - invigorating the art-historical practices of the future.
Manchester University Press


  Earth Emotions
New Words for a New World
Glenn A. Albrecht, 2019

As climate change and development pressures overwhelm the environment, our emotional relationships with Earth are also in crisis. Pessimism and distress are overwhelming people the world over. In this maelstrom of emotion, solastalgia, the homesickness you have when you are still at home, has become, writes Glenn A. Albrecht, one of the defining emotions of the twenty-first century. Earth Emotions examines our positive and negative Earth emotions. It explains the author's concept of solastalgia and other well-known eco-emotions such as biophilia and topophilia. Albrecht introduces us to the many new words needed to describe the full range of our emotional responses to the emergent state of the world. We need this creation of a hopeful vocabulary of positive emotions, argues Albrecht, so that we can extract ourselves out of environmental desolation and reignite our millennia-old biophilia—love of life—for our home planet. To do so, he proposes a dramatic change from the current human-dominated Anthropocene era to one that will be founded, materially, ethically, politically, and spiritually on the revolution in thinking being delivered by contemporary symbiotic science. Albrecht names this period the Symbiocene.
With the current and coming generations, "Generation Symbiocene," Albrecht sees reason for optimism. The battle between the forces of destruction and the forces of creation will be won by Generation Symbiocene, and Earth Emotions presents an ethical and emotional odyssey for that victory.
Cornell University Press


  Posthumanism and Higher Education
Reimagining Pedagogy, Practice and Research
Taylor, Carol A., Bayley, Annouchka (Eds.), 2019

This book explores ways in which posthumanist and new materialist thinking can be put to work in order to reimagine higher education pedagogy, practice and research. The editors and contributors illuminate how we can move the thinking and doing of higher education out of the humanist cul-de-sac of individualism, binarism and colonialism and away from anthropocentric modes of performative rationality. Based in a reconceptualization of ontology, epistemology and ethics which shifts attention away from the human towards the vitality of matter and the nonhuman, posthumanist and new materialist approaches pose a profound challenge to higher education. In engaging with the theoretical twists and turns of various posthumanisms and new materialisms, this book offers new, experimental and creative ways for academics, practitioners and researchers to do higher education differently. This ground-breaking edited collection will appeal to students and scholars of posthumanism and new materialism, as well as those looking to conceptualize higher education as other than performative practice.


  Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene
Julie Reiss (Ed.), 2019

Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene contributes to the growing literature on artistic responses to global climate change and its consequences. Designed to include multiple perspectives, it contains essays by thirteen art historians, art critics, curators, artists and educators, and offers different frameworks for talking about visual representation and the current environmental crisis. The anthology models a range of methodological approaches drawn from different disciplines, and contributes to an understanding of how artists and those writing about art construct narratives around the environment. The book is illustrated with examples of art by nearly thirty different contemporary artists.
Vernon Press


  Provoking the Field
International Perspectives on Visual Arts PhDs in Education
Anita Sinner, Rita L. Irwin and Jeff Adams (Eds.), 2019

Provoking the Field invites debate on, and provides an essential resource for, transnational arts-based scholars engaged in critical analyses of international visual arts education and its enquiry in doctoral research. Divided into three parts – doctoral processes, doctoral practices and doctoral programmes – the volume interrogates education in both formal and informal learning environments, ranging from schools to post-secondary institutions to community and adult education.
This book brings together a global range of authors to examine visual arts PhDs using diverse theoretical perspectives; innovative arts and hybrid methodologies; institutional relationships and scholarly practices; and voices from the field in the form of site-specific cases. A compendium of leading voices in arts education, Provoking the Field provides a diverse range of perspectives on arts enquiry, and a comprehensive study of the state of visual arts PhDs in education.
Intellect Books


Toward a Poetics for the Anthropocene
Andreas Weber, 2019

A new understanding of the Anthropocene that is based on mutual transformation with nature rather than control over nature.
We have been told that we are living in the Anthropocene, a geological era shaped by humans rather than by nature. In Enlivenment, German philosopher Andreas Weber presents an alternative understanding of our relationship with nature, arguing not that humans control nature but that humans and nature exist in a commons of mutual transformation. There is no nature–human dualism, he contends, because the fundamental dimension of existence is shared in what he calls "aliveness." All subjectivity is intersubjectivity. Self is self-through-other. Seeing all beings in a common household of matter, desire, and imagination, an economy of metabolic and economic transformation, is “enlivenment.” This perspective allows us to move beyond Enlightenment-style thinking that strips material reality of any subjectivity.
To take this step, Weber argues, we need to supplant the concept of techné with the concept of poiesis as the element that brings forth reality. In a world not divided into things and ideas, culture and nature, reality arises from the creation of relationships and continuous fertile transformations; any thinking in terms of relationships comes about as a poetics. The self is always a function of the whole; the whole is equally a function of the individual. Only this integrated freedom allows humanity to reconcile with the natural world.
The MIT Press

  What’s Next?
Eco Materialism and Contemporary Art
Linda Weintraub
, 2019

By paying tribute to matter, materiality, and materialization, the examples of contemporary art assembled in What’s Next? Eco Materialism and Contemporary Art challenge the social, cultural, and ethical norms that prevailed in the twentieth century. This significant frontier of contemporary culture is identified as ‘Eco Materialism’ because it affirms the emergent philosophy of Neo Materialism and attends to the pragmatic urgency of environmentalism.
In this highly original book, Linda Weintraub surveys the work of forty international artists who present materiality as a strategy to convert society’s environmental neglect into responsible stewardship. These bold art initiatives, enriched by their associations with philosophy, ecology, and cultural critique, bear the hallmark of a significant new art movement. This accessible text, augmented with visuals, charts, and questionnaires, invites students and a wider readership to engage in this timely arena of contemporary art.
The University of Chicago Press


  Wild Pedagogies
Touchstones for Re-Negotiating Education and the Environment in the Anthropocene
B. Jickling, S. Blenkinsop, N. Timmerman, M. De Danann Sitka-Sage (Eds.), 2018

This book explores why the concept of wild pedagogy is an essential aspect of education in these times; a re-negotiated education that acknowledges the necessity of listening to voices in a more than human world, and (re)learning how to dwell in a place. As the geological epoch inexorably shifts to the Anthropocene, the authors argue that learning to live in and engage with the world is increasingly crucial in such times of uncertainty. The editors and contributors examine what wild pedagogy can truly become, and how it can be relevant across disciplinary boundaries: offering six touchstones as working tools to help educators forge an onward path. This collaborative work will be of interest to students and scholars of wild pedagogies, alternative education and the Anthropocene, and for all those engaged in re-wilding education.



  Art, EcoJustice, and Education
ntersecting Theories and Practices

Raisa Foster, Jussi Mäkelä, and Rebecca Martusewicz (Eds.), 2018

Emphasizing the importance of contemporary art forms in EcoJustice Education, this book examines the interconnections among social justice and ecological well-being, and the role of art to enact change in destructive systems. Artists, educators, and scholars in diverse disciplines from around the world explore the power of art to disrupt ways of thinking that are taken for granted and dominate modern discourses, including approaches to education. The EcoJustice framework presented in this book identifies three strands—cultural ecological analysis, revitalizing the commons, and enacting imagination—that help students to recognize the value in diverse ways of knowing and being, reflect on their own assumptions, and develop their critical analytic powers in relation to important problems. This distinctive collection offers educators a mix of practical resources and inspiration to expand their pedagogical practices. A Companion Website includes interactive artworks, supplemental resources, and guiding questions for students and instructors.Enhancing and extending the text, the Companion Website features chapter resources, key concepts, guiding questions, and additional photos and links.

Companion website



  Arts Programming for the Anthropocene
Art in Community and Environment
Bill Gilbert, Anicca Cox, 2018

Arts Programming for the Anthropocene argues for a role for the arts as an engaged, professional practice in contemporary culture, charting the evolution of arts over the previous half century from a primarily solitary practice involved with its own internal dialogue to one actively seeking a larger discourse. The chapters investigate the origin and evolution of five academic field programs on three continents, mapping developments in field pedagogy in the arts over the past twenty years. Drawing upon the collective experience of artists and academicians in the United States, Australia, and Greece operating in a wide range of social and environmental contexts, it makes the case for the necessity of an update to ensure the real world relevance and applicability of tertiary arts education.
Based on thirty years of experimentation in arts pedagogy, including the creation of the Land Arts of the American West (LAAW) program and Art and Ecology discipline at the University of New Mexico, this book is written for arts practitioners, aspiring artists, art educators, and those interested in how the arts can contribute to strengthening cultural resiliency in the face of rapid environmental change.
CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

  Field to Palette
Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene
Alexandra Toland, Jay Stratton Noller, Gerd Wessolek (Eds.), 2018

Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene is an investigation of the cultural meanings, representations, and values of soil in a time of planetary change. The book offers critical reflections on some of the most challenging environmental problems of our time, including land take, groundwater pollution, desertification, and biodiversity loss. At the same time, the book celebrates diverse forms of resilience in the face of such challenges, beginning with its title as a way of honoring locally controlled food production methods championed by "field to plate" movements worldwide. By focusing on concepts of soil functionality, the book weaves together different disciplinary perspectives in a collection of dialogue texts between artists and scientists, interviews by the editors and invited curators, essays and poems by earth scientists and humanities scholars, soil recipes, maps, and DIY experiments. With contributions from over 100 internationally renowned researchers and practitioners, Field to Palette presents a set of visual methodologies and worldviews that expand our understanding of soil and encourage readers to develop their own interpretations of the ground beneath our feet.
CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group

Using Art as Research in Learning and Teaching
Multidisciplinary Approaches Across the Arts
Ross W. Prior (Ed.), 2018

Using Art as Research in Learning and Teaching explores various multidisciplinary visual and performing art forms, including creative writing, as ways to provide a rich contribution and understanding to research, learning and teaching. Key figures in the field share their art-based research, arts practice and philosophy, bringing the arts to life within their taught and learned contexts across a variety of art forms and levels of post-compulsory education. Featuring a foreword by internationally renowned proponent of art-based research Professor Shaun McNiff, this book will be informative and useful to arts researchers and educators, addressing key challenges and possibilities in a rapidly changing higher education environment.

Intellect Books


  Quantum Art & Uncertainty
Paul Thomas, 2018

At the core of both art and science we find the twin forces of probability and uncertainty. However, these two worlds have been tenuously entangled for decades. On the one hand, artists continue to ask complex questions that align with a scientific fascination with new discoveries, and on the other hand, it is increasingly apparent that creativity and subjectivity inform science’s objective processes and knowledge systems. In order to draw parallels between art, science, and culture, this publication explores the ways that selected art works have contributed to a form of cultural pedagogy. It follows the integration of culture and science in artists’ expressions to create meaningful experiences that expose the probabilities and uncertainties equally present in the world of science.
The University of Chicago Press

  The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution
100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night's Sleep
Mary DeMocker, 2018

This book isn't another overwhelming pile of parental ‘to dos’ designed to shrink your family’s carbon footprint through eco-superheroism.” Instead, DeMocker lays out a lively, empowering, and doable blueprint for engaging families in the urgent endeavor of climate revolution. In this book’s brief, action-packed chapters, you’ll learn hundreds of wide-ranging ideas for being part of the revolution — from embracing simplicity parenting, to freeing yourself from dead-end science debates, to teaching kids about the power of creative protest, to changing your lifestyle in ways that deepen family bonds, improve moods, and reduce your impact on the Earth. Engaging and creative, this vital resource is for everyone who wants to act effectively — and empower children to do the same.

New World Library

  Art, Artists and Pedagogy
Philosophy and the Arts in Education
Christopher Naughton, Gert Biesta, David R. Cole (Eds.), 2018

Artists and Pedagogy is intended for educators who teach the arts from early childhood to tertiary level, artists working in the community, or those studying arts in education.
From the outset, this book is not only about arts in practice but also about what distinguishes the ‘arts’ in education. Exploring two different philosophies of education, the book asks what the purpose of the arts is in education in the twenty-first century. With specific reference to the work of Gert Biesta, questions are asked as to the relation of the arts to the world and what kind of society we may wish to envisage. The second philosophical set of ideas comes from Deleuze and Guattari, looking in more depth at how we configure art, the artist and the role played by the state and global capital in deciding on what art education has become.
This book provides educators with new ways to engage with arts, focusing specifically on art, music, dance, drama and film studies. At a time when many teachers are looking for a means to re-assert the role of the arts in education this text provides many answers with reference to case studies and in-depth arguments from some of the world’s leading academics in the arts, philosophy and education.


  Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science
Gemma Anderson, 2017

In recent history, the arts and sciences have often been considered opposing fields of study, but a growing trend in drawing research is beginning to bridge this divide. Gemma Anderson’s Drawing as a Way of Knowing in Art and Science introduces tested ways in which drawing as a research practice can enhance morphological insight, specifically within the natural sciences, mathematics, and art.
Inspired and informed by collaboration with contemporary scientists and Goethe’s studies of morphology, as well as the work of artist Paul Klee, this book presents drawing as a means of developing and disseminating knowledge, and of understanding and engaging with the diversity of natural and theoretical forms, such as animal, vegetable, mineral, and four dimensional shapes. Anderson shows that drawing can offer a means of scientific discovery and can be integral to the creation of new knowledge in science as well as in the arts.
Intellect Books


  Consecrating Science
Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World
Lisa H. Sideris, 2017

Debunking myths behind what is known collectively as the new cosmology—a grand, overlapping set of narratives that claim to bring science and spirituality together—Lisa H. Sideris offers a searing critique of the movement’s anthropocentric vision of the world. In Consecrating Science, Sideris argues that instead of cultivating an ethic of respect for nature, the new cosmology encourages human arrogance, uncritical reverence for science, and indifference to nonhuman life. Exploring moral sensibilities rooted in experience of the natural world, Sideris shows how a sense of wonder can foster environmental attitudes that will protect our planet from ecological collapse for years to come.
University of Californa Press
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   Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet
Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Heather Anne Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt (Eds.), 2017

Can humans and other species continue to inhabit the earth together? As human-induced environmental change threatens multispecies livability, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet puts forward a bold proposal: entangled histories, situated narratives, and thick descriptions offer urgent “arts of living.” Included are essays by scholars in anthropology, ecology, science studies, art, literature, and bioinformatics who posit critical and creative tools for collaborative survival in a more-than-human Anthropocene.


  Being Salmon, Being Human
Encountering the Wild in Us and Us in the Wild
Martin Lee Mueller, 2017

Being Salmon, Being Human examines Western culture’s tragic alienation from nature by focusing on the relationship between people and salmon—weaving together key narratives about the Norwegian salmon industry as well as wild salmon in indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest.
Mueller uses this lens to articulate a comprehensive critique of human exceptionalism, directly challenging the four-hundred-year-old notion that other animals are nothing but complicated machines without rich inner lives and that Earth is a passive backdrop to human experience. Being fully human, he argues, means experiencing the intersection of our horizon of understanding with that of other animals. Salmon are the test case for this. Mueller experiments, in evocative narrative passages, with imagining the world as a salmon might see it, and considering how this enriches our understanding of humanity in the process.
Being Salmon, Being Human is both a philosophical and a narrative work, rewarding readers with insightful interpretations of major philosophers—Descartes, Heidegger, Abram, and many more—and reflections on the human–Earth relationship.


  Veer Ecology
A Companion for Environmental Thinking
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lowell Duckert (Eds.), 2017

The words most commonly associated with the environmental movement—save, recycle, reuse, protect, regulate, restore—describe what we can do to help the environment, but few suggest how we might transform ourselves to better navigate the sudden turns of the late Anthropocene. Which words can help us to veer conceptually along with drastic environmental flux? Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lowell Duckert asked thirty brilliant thinkers to each propose one verb that stresses the forceful potential of inquiry, weather, biomes, apprehensions, and desires to swerve and sheer. Each term is accompanied by a concise essay contextualizing its meaning in times of resource depletion, environmental degradation, and global climate change.
Some verbs are closely tied to natural processes: compost, saturate, seep, rain, shade, sediment, vegetate, environ. Many are vaguely unsettling: drown, unmoor, obsolesce, power down, haunt. Others are enigmatic or counterintuitive: curl, globalize, commodify, ape, whirl. And while several verbs pertain to human affect and action—love, represent, behold, wait, try, attune, play, remember, decorate, tend, hope—a primary goal of Veer Ecology is to decenter the human. Indeed, each of the essays speaks to a heightened sense of possibility, awakening our imaginations and inviting us to think the world anew from radically different perspectives. A groundbreaking guide for the twenty-first century, Veer Ecology foregrounds the risks and potentialities of living on—and with—an alarmingly dynamic planet.


  Handbook of Arts-Based Research
Patricia Leavy (Ed.), 2017

Bringing together interdisciplinary leaders in methodology and arts-based research (ABR), this comprehensive handbook explores the synergies between artistic and research practices and addresses issues in designing, implementing, evaluating, and publishing ABR studies. Coverage includes the full range of ABR genres, including those based in literature (such as narrative and poetic inquiry); performance (music, dance, playbuilding); visual arts (drawing and painting, collage, installation art, comics); and audiovisual and multimethod approaches. Each genre is described in detail and brought to life with robust research examples. Team approaches, ethics, and public scholarship are discussed, as are innovative ways that ABR is used within creative arts therapies, psychology, education, sociology, health sciences, business, and other disciplines. The companion website includes selected figures from the book in full color, additional online-only figures, and links to online videos of performance pieces.


Gregory Bateson, the Double Bind, and the Rise of Ecological Consciousness
By Anthony Chaney, 2017

The anthropologist Gregory Bateson has been called a lost giant of twentieth-century thought. In the years following World War II, Bateson was among the group of mathematicians, engineers, and social scientists who laid the theoretical foundations of the information age. In Palo Alto in 1956, he introduced the double-bind theory of schizophrenia. By the sixties, he was in Hawaii studying dolphin communication. Bateson’s discipline hopping made established experts wary, but he found an audience open to his ideas in a generation of rebellious youth. To a gathering of counterculturalists and revolutionaries in 1967 London, Bateson was the first to warn of a “greenhouse effect” that could lead to runaway climate change.
Blending intellectual biography with an ambitious reappraisal of the 1960s, Anthony Chaney uses Bateson’s life and work to explore the idea that a postmodern ecological consciousness is the true legacy of the decade. Surrounded by voices calling for liberation of all kinds, Bateson spoke of limitation and dependence. But he also offered an affirming new picture of human beings and their place in the world—as ecologies knit together in a fabric of meaning that, said Bateson, “we might as well call Mind.”


  For All Waters
Finding Ourselves in Early Modern Wetscapes
Lowell Duckert, 2017

Lowell Duckert shows that when playwrights and travel writers physically interacted with rivers, glaciers, monsoons, and swamps, they composed “hydrographies,” or bodily and textual assemblages of human and nonhuman things that dissolved notions of human autonomy and its singular narrativity. Duckert concludes by investigating waterscapes in peril today and outlining what we can learn from early moderns’ eco-ontological lessons.



  The Nature Fix
Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
Florence Williams, 2017

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. She investigates cutting-edge research as she travels to fragrant cypress forests in Korea to meet the rangers who administer “forest healing programs,” to the green hills of Scotland and its “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for the mentally ill, to a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, to the West Virginia mountains where she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD. The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood.


  Making Sense Through Hands
Design and Craft Practice Analysed as Embodied Cognition
Camilla Groth, 2017

This thesis reflects on the practical, philosophical and psychological concerns of how designers and craft practitioners make sense of materials and making through their hands. The main research question, ‘How do design and craft practitioners think through their hands?’, is studied through empirical research in the form of three craft and design-based case studies, using practice-led, ethnographic and auto-ethnographic methods. The results point to the embodied knowledge and emotions related to tactual interaction with materials that informed the designing and making, especially in the decision-making processes that the design or crafts practitioner goes through.The thesis makes an original contribution to enhancing knowledge on the nature and role of embodied cognition in design and craft related research and practice.” (Katherine Townsend)


  The Biology of Wonder
Aliveness, Feeling and the Metamorphosis of Science
Andreas Weber, 2016

The disconnection between humans and nature is perhaps the most fundamental problem faced by our species today. The schism between us and the natural world is arguably the root cause of most of the environmental catastrophes unravelling around us. Until we come to terms with the depths of our alienation, we will continue to fail to understand that what happens to nature also happens to us.
In The Biology of Wonder author Andreas Weber proposes a new approach to the biological sciences that puts the human back in nature. He argues that feelings and emotions, far from being superfluous to the study of organisms, are the very foundation of life. From this basic premise flows the development of a "poetic ecology" which intimately connects our species to everything that surrounds us, showing that subjectivity and imagination are the prerequisites of biological existence.
The Biology of Wonder demonstrates that there is no separation between us and the world we inhabit, and in so doing it validates the essence of our deep experience. By reconciling science with meaning, expression and emotion, this landmark work brings us to a crucial understanding of our place in the framework of life — a revolution for biology as groundbreaking as the theory of relativity was for physics.
One can read an excerpt (PDF) here
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  Small Arcs of Larger Circles
Framing Through Other Patterns
Nora Bateson, 2016

This is a collection of essays, reflections and poems by Nora Bateson, the noted research designer, film-maker, writer and lecturer. She is the daughter of Gregory Bateson and president of the International Bateson Institute. Building on Gregory Bateson's famous book Towards an Ecology of Mind and her own film on the subject, Nora Bateson here updates our thinking on systems and ecosystems, applying her own insights and those of her team at IBI to education, organisations, complexity, academia, and the way that society organizes itself. She also introduces the term symmathesy to describe the contextual mutual learning through interaction that takes place in living entities at larger or smaller scales. While she retains her father's rigorous attention to definition, observation and academic precision, she also moves well beyond that frame of reference to incorporate more embodied ways of knowing and understanding. These are reflected in her essays and poems on food, Christmas, love, honesty, environmentalism and leadership.


  Coexistentialism and the Unbearable Intimacy of Ecological Emergency
Sam Mickey, 2016

The philosophy of existentialism is undergoing an ecological renewal, as global warming, mass extinction, and other signs of the planetary scale of human actions are making it glaringly apparent that existence is always ecological coexistence. One of the most urgent problems in the current ecological emergency is that humans cannot bear to face the emergency. Its earth-shattering implications are ignored in favor of more solutions, fixes, and sustainability transitions. Solutions cannot solve much when they cannot face what it means to be human amidst unprecedented uncertainty and intimate interconnectedness. Attention to such uncertainty and interconnectedness is what "ecological existentialism" (Deborah Bird Rose) or "coexistentialism" (Timothy Morton) is all about.
This book follows Rose, Morton, and many others (e.g., Jean-Luc Nancy, Peter Sloterdijk, and Luce Irigaray) who are currently taking up the styles of thinking conveyed in existentialism, renewing existentialist affirmations of experience, paradox, uncertainty, and ambiguity, and extending existentialism beyond humans to include attention to the uniqueness and strangeness of all beings—all humans and nonhumans woven into ecological coexistence. Along the way, coexistentialism finds productive alliances and tensions amidst many areas of inquiry, including ecocriticism, ecological humanities, object-oriented ontology, feminism, phenomenology, deconstruction, new materialism, and more. This is a book for anyone who seeks to refute cynicism and loneliness and affirm coexistence.


  Expecting the Earth
Wendy Wheeler, 2016

In this book, Wendy Wheeler formulates a history and theory of biosemiotic and proto-biosemiotic thinking in order to open up new possibilities of contemporary social, philosophical, aesthetic and technological engagement.
Biosemiotics is the study of the intertwined natural and cultural sign systems of the living.
Expecting the Earth draws on the semiotic philosophy of the American scientist and logician Charles Sanders Peirce, the semiotic ethology of Jakob von Uexküll’s Umwelt Theory, Gregory Bateson’s cybernetic ecology of mind, Jesper Hoffmeyer’s development of biosemiotics, and briefly upon philosophical precursors such as Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and Gilbert Simondon, as well as the growth of ecological developmental biology more widely.
In this book, Wendy Wheeler formulates a history and theory of biosemiotic and proto-biosemiotic thinking in order to open up new possibilities of contemporary social, philosophical, aesthetic and technological engagement. This is essential reading for those interested in these groundbreaking new developments, and is relevant to the environmental humanities, social ecology and the life sciences more generally.

Theory, Research and Practice
Martin Jordan, Joe Hinds, 2016

The idea of using nature to improve mental and emotional wellbeing has existed for many years, in many forms. However, growing levels of interest in holistic, reciprocal relationships with nature have led to the development of an explicit field, termed Ecotherapy.
In this thought-provoking new book, Martin Jordan and Joe Hinds provide a comprehensive exploration of this emerging area of practice. Divided into three parts, the book offers a unique examination of a range of theoretical perspectives, unpacks the latest research and provides a wealth of illuminating practice examples, with a number of chapters dedicated to authors' own first-hand experiences of the positive psychological effects of having contact with nature. Some of the topics covered include the foundations of ecotherapy, including how it can be defined, its relation to psychotherapy and ecopsychology, and the research and various theory bases that inform it and the use of nature to promote optimal functioning, with a focus on areas such as generative experiences, emotional development and exploration, autonomy and a sense of belonging.


  Walking and Mapping
Artists as Cartographers
Karen O'Rourke, (2013) 2016 paperback

From Guy Debord in the early 1950s to Richard Long, Janet Cardiff, and Esther Polak more recently, contemporary artists have returned again and again to the walking motif. Today, the convergence of global networks, online databases, and new tools for mobile mapping coincides with a resurgence of interest in walking as an art form. In Walking and Mapping, Karen O’Rourke explores a series of walking/mapping projects by contemporary artists. She offers close readings of these projects—many of which she was able to experience firsthand—and situates them in relation to landmark works from the past half-century. Together, they form a new entity, a dynamic whole greater than the sum of its parts. By alternating close study of selected projects with a broader view of their place in a bigger picture, Walking and Mapping itself maps a complex phenomenon.


  Upside-Down Gods
Gregory Bateson's World of Difference
Peter Harries-Jones, 2016

Science’s conventional understanding of environment as an inert material resource underlies our unwillingness to acknowledge the military-industrial role in ongoing ecological catastrophes. In a crucial challenge to modern science’s exclusive attachment to materialist premises, Bateson reframed culture, psychology, biology, and evolution in terms of feedback and communication, fundamentally altering perception of our relationship with nature.

This intellectual biography covers the whole trajectory of Bateson’s career, from his first anthropological work alongside Margaret Mead through the continuing relevance of his late forays into biosemiotics. Harries-Jones shows how the sum of Bateson’s thinking across numerous fields turns our notions of causality upside down, providing a moral divide between sustainable creativity and our current biocide.


  The Mushroom at the End of the World
On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, 2016

Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world—and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places. It is also an edible delicacy in Japan, where it sometimes commands astronomical prices. In all its contradictions, matsutake offers insights into areas far beyond just mushrooms and addresses a crucial question: what manages to live in the ruins we have made?
A tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, The Mushroom at the End of the World follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism. Here, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, Finnish nature guides, and more. These companions also lead us into fungal ecologies and forest histories to better understand the promise of cohabitation in a time of massive human destruction.
By investigating one of the world’s most sought-after fungi, The Mushroom at the End of the World presents an original examination into the relation between capitalist destruction and collaborative survival within multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for continuing life on earth.


An arts and ecology reader
James Brady (Ed.), 2016

Gaia Project is a publishing and curatorial initiative which operates at the intersection of Art and Ecology – or indeed, in that poetic space where Art becomes Ecology, and where Ecology becomes Art. Elemental is an ‘introductory reader’, comprising a unique collection of essays by some of the world’s leading artists, activists, curators and writers currently working in the expansive, interdisciplinary field of arts and ecology. The book presents critical reflections, and philosophies on a variety of eco-art practices and methodologies.
Subjects areas include: New Materialism, socially-engaged ecosystem restoration, the legal ‘Rights of Nature’, and ecology in theatre and performance.
The symbiotic environmental, social and economic crises of our era (Climate Change being one significant symptom) have now emerged as a poignant and critically relevant presence throughout culture globally. It is therefore timely and vital that these essays of vision, hope and solidarity are being published.




The Life of Lines
Tim Ingold, 2016

To live, every being must put out a line, and in life these lines tangle with one another. This book is a study of the life of lines. Following on from Tim Ingold's groundbreaking work Lines: A Brief History, it offers a wholly original series of meditations on life, ground, weather, walking, imagination and what it means to be human.
In the first part, Ingold argues that a world of life is woven from knots, and not built from blocks as commonly thought. He shows how the principle of knotting underwrites both the way things join with one another, in walls, buildings and bodies, and the composition of the ground and the knowledge we find there. In the second part, Ingold argues that to study living lines, we must also study the weather. To complement a linealogy that asks what is common to walking, weaving, observing, singing, storytelling and writing, he develops a meteorology that seeks the common denominator of breath, time, mood, sound, memory, colour and the sky. This denominator is the atmosphere. In the third part, Ingold carries the line into the domain of human life. He shows that for life to continue, the things we do must be framed within the lives we undergo. In continually answering to one another, these lives enact a principle of correspondence that is fundamentally social.
This compelling volume brings our thinking about the material world refreshingly back to life. While anchored in anthropology, the book ranges widely over an interdisciplinary terrain that includes philosophy, geography, sociology, art and architecture.

This book is a great sequel and expansion to Tim Ingold's earlier book, Lines: A brief history mentioned below (2006), and now republished in 2016.


A brief history
Tim Ingold, 2016

What do walking, weaving, observing, storytelling, singing, drawing and writing have in common? The answer is that they all proceed along lines. In this extraordinary book Tim Ingold imagines a world in which everyone and everything consists of interwoven or interconnected lines and lays the foundations for a completely new discipline: the anthropological archaeology of the line. Ingold’s argument leads us through the music of Ancient Greece and contemporary Japan, Siberian labyrinths and Roman roads, Chinese calligraphy and the printed alphabet, weaving a path between antiquity and the present. Setting out from a puzzle about the relation between speech and song, Ingold considers how two kinds of line – threads and traces – can turn into one another as surfaces form or dissolve. He reveals how our perception of lines has changed over time, with modernity converting to point-to-point connectors before becoming straight, only to be ruptured and fragmented by the postmodern world.


  Soil Culture
Bringing the Arts down to Earth
Clive Adams & Daro Montag (Eds.), 2016

Initiated by the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), Soil Culture is a three year programme which reveals how arts and culture explore the vital, ecological importance of soil.
Soil Culture demonstrates the UK contribution to the United Nations International Year of Soils, 2015. The programme consists of various events, in particular 12 artist residencies (featuring Touchstone Collaborations, Bristol, and Karen Guthrie, among others) aimed at encouraging an exploration of the ecology and importance of soil.
The project has climaxed with a major group exhibition, Soil Culture: Deep Roots (Falmouth Art Gallery and Plymouth Peninsula Arts in 2015/16), which brings together the work of six important international environmental artists: Paolo Barrile, Mel Chin, herman de vries, Richard Long, Ana Mendieta, and Claire Pentecost.
The range of artworks includes work by Mel Chin, who uses plants to extract heavy metals from contaminated land, to that of Claire Pentecost who has sculpted soil into the shapes of gold ingots to reflect its true worth. Also featured are works by seven British artists, including Chris Drury, Andy Goldsworthy, and David Nash.


  Emergent Ecologies
Eben Kirksey, 2015

In an era of global warming, natural disasters, endangered species, and devastating pollution, contemporary writing on the environment largely focuses on doomsday scenarios. Eben Kirksey suggests we reject such apocalyptic thinking and instead find possibilities in the wreckage of ongoing disasters, as symbiotic associations of opportunistic plants, animals, and microbes are flourishing in unexpected places. Emergent Ecologies uses artwork and contemporary philosophy to illustrate hopeful opportunities and reframe key problems in conservation biology such as invasive species, extinction, environmental management, and reforestation. Following the flight of capital and nomadic forms of life—through fragmented landscapes of Panama, Costa Rica, and the United States—Kirksey explores how chance encounters, historical accidents, and parasitic invasions have shaped present and future multispecies communities. New generations of thinkers and tinkerers are learning how to care for emergent ecological assemblages—involving frogs, fungal pathogens, ants, monkeys, people, and plants—by seeding them, nurturing them, protecting them, and ultimately letting go.


  The Prophet of Cuernavaca
Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West
Todd Hartch, 2015

Catholic priest and radical social critic Ivan Illich is best known for books like Deschooling Society and Medical Nemesis that skewered the dominant institutions of the West in the 1970s. Although commissioned in 1961 by American bishops to run a missionary training center in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Illich emerged as one of the major critics of the missionary movement. As he became a more controversial figure, his center evolved into CIDOC (Centro Intercultural de Documentación), an informal university that attracted a diverse group of intellectuals and seekers from around the world. Illich's writings struck at the foundations of western society, and envisioned utopian transformations in the realms of education, transportation, medicine, and economics. He was an inspiration to a generation of liberation theologians and other left-wing intellectuals. Todd Hartch traces the development of Illich's ideas from his work as a priest through his later secular period.


  Elemental Ecocriticism
Thinking with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Lowell Duckert (Eds.), 2015

Decentering the human, the essays collected in Elemental Ecocriticism provide important correctives to the idea of the material world as mere resource. A renewed intimacy with the elemental holds the potential for a more dynamic environmental ethics and the possibility of a reinvigorated materialism.
For centuries it was believed that all matter was composed of four elements: earth, air, water, and fire in promiscuous combination, bound by love and pulled apart by strife. Elemental theory offered a mode of understanding materiality that did not center the cosmos around the human. Outgrown as a science, the elements are now what we build our houses against. Their renunciation has fostered only estrangement from the material world.
The essays collected in Elemental Ecocriticism show how elemental materiality precipitates new engagements with the ecological. Here the classical elements reveal the vitality of supposedly inert substances (mud, water, earth, air), chemical processes (fire), and natural phenomena, as well as the promise in the abandoned and the unreal (ether, phlogiston, spontaneous generation).


  Playing for Time
Making Art as if the World Mattered
by Lucy Neal, 2015

This groundbreaking handbook is a resource for artists, community activists and anyone wishing to reach beyond the facts and figures of science and technology to harness their creativity to make change in the world.This timely book explores the pivotal role artists play in re-thinking the future; re-inventing and re-imagining our world at a time of systemic change and uncertainty. Playing for Time identifies collaborative arts practices emerging in response to planetary challenges, reclaiming a traditional role for artists in the community as truth-tellers and agents of change.
Sixty experienced artists and activists give voice to a new narrative – shifting society’s rules and values away from consumerism and commodity towards community and collaboration with imagination, humour, ingenuity, empathy and skill. Inspired by the grass-roots Transition movement, modelling change in communities worldwide, Playing for Time joins the dots between key drivers of change – in energy, finance, climate change, food and community resilience – and ‘recipes for action’ for readers to take and try.

See presentation by the author on RSA Replay: The Citizen Artist as an Agent of Change



Creative Schools
Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up
Ken Robinson & Lou Aronica, 2015

Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education. His talk 'How Schools Kill Creativity' is the most viewed in the history of TED and has been seen by millions of people all over the world. In Creative Schools he sets out his practical vision for how education can be transformed to enable all young people to flourish and succeed in the twenty-first century.
In this book, Robinson argues for an end to the outmoded, industrial systems of mass schooling and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today's unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students and develop their individual abilities and love of learning.
Written with Robinson's trademark wit and engaging style, and filled with practical examples, anecdotes and ground-breaking research, Creative Schools will inspire teachers, parents and policymakers alike to be part of the change our children urgently need.

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  An Introduction to Sustainability and Aesthetics
The Arts and Design for the Environment
Christopher Crouch, Nicola Kaye, John Crouch (eds.), 2015

This book introduces the idea of sustainability and its aesthetic dimension, suggesting that the role of the aesthetic is an active one in developing an ecologically, economically and culturally healthy society. With an introduction by Christopher Crouch and an afterword by John Thackara, the book gathers together a range of essays that address the issue of the aesthetics of sustainability from a multitude of disciplinary and cultural perspectives.

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Conversations on Finnish Art Education
Mira Kallio-Kevin & Jouko Pullinen (Eds.), 2015

Art education exists on the borderlines of the global and local. The last 100 years of Finnish art education are no exception and belong to the wider international research field. The history and evolving practices of Finnish art education interact with paradigms of international art education. Conversations on Finnish Art Education consists of writings by Finnish, European, and American scholars. It presents international topics that resonate with current issues in Finnish art education. Chapters address what it means to be a contemporary Finnish art educator in a global context. The book also gives concrete examples of international collaborative projects.


  EDGE: 20 Essays on Contemporary Art Education
Anette Göthlund, Helene Illeris, Kirstine W. Thrane (eds.), 2015

In this book you can explore texts and visuals that focus on contemporary social, cultural, aesthetic and philosophical issues in art education. The anthology is written by 30 Nordic and Baltic researchers, artists and teachers. An extensive introduction establishes vital themes such as relational art practices, arts-based research and visual culture, and through concrete examples from educational and artistic practices the essays explore art education both in theory and in practice. The authors adopt contemporary approaches such as the concept of experience, multimodality, disability studies, poetic function, museum studies, collaborative writing, social constructions, A/r/tography and performance ethnography.
An edge provides a dividing line, separating here from there, the known from the unknown. The overall perspective of this book is based on a movement that has drawn the authors closer to the edges than to a centre for art education.


  What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming
Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action
Per Espen Stoknes, 2015

Why does knowing more mean believing—and doing—less? The more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead.
It is a catch-22 that starts, says psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes, from an inadequate understanding of the way most humans think, act, and live in the world around them. With dozens of examples—from the private sector to government agencies—Stoknes shows how to retell the story of climate change and, at the same time, create positive, meaningful actions that can be supported even by deniers.



Environmental Melancholia
Psychological Dimensions of Engagement
Renee Lertzman, 2015

Author Renee Lertzman applies psychoanalytic theory and psychosocial research to the issue of public engagement and public apathy in response to chronic ecological threats. In highlighting unconscious and affective dimensions of contemporary ecological issues, Lertzman deconstructs the idea that there is a gap between what people actually care about, and what is actually carried out in policy and personal practice. Instead, she argues for a theory of environmental melancholia, that accounts for the ways in which people may experience profound loss and disruption caused by environmental issues, yet may have trouble expressing or making sense of such experiences. In doing so she presents an innovative way to think about and design engagement practices and policy interventions.



First Steps in Seeing
A Path Towards Living Attentively
Emma Kidd, 2015

In the twenty-first century we are confronted with a rapidly changing world full of social, economic and environmental uncertainties. We are all inherently connected to this changing world and in order to create the best possible conditions for life to thrive, we must each develop an inner capacity to respond and adapt to life in new, creative and innovative ways.
By learning to recognise our cognitive habits of interrupting and defining life through our fixed ideas, labels and judgements, we can begin to develop a dynamic way of seeing that enables us to perceive and respond to life with greater attentiveness.
First Steps in Seeing reveals a practical set of stepping stones that guide the reader into this dynamic way of seeing and relating. Using personal stories, practical exercises and real-world case studies in development, education and business, the author takes the reader on a journey to explore how to give our full attention to life, and how to enliven the world that we each co-create.



At the Heart of Art and Earth
An Exploration of Practices in Arts-Based Environmental Education
Jan van Boeckel, 2014

What begins to happen when we seek to connect to the natural world primarily through art, rather than pre-established scientific knowledge? In At the Heart of Art and Earth, Jan van Boeckel explores the kind of learning that takes place through arts-based environmental education. As we approach phenomena indirectly and invite the unforeseen, we grope our way forward and multiple meanings can come forth.

The book can be downloaded as PDF file here

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Taidekasvatus ympäristöhuolen aikakaudella
avauksia, suuntia, mahdollisuuksia
Suominen, Anniina (toim.), 2016

Anniina Suominen, Tere Vadén, Kaisa Pajanen, Marjo Soulanto, Malva Green, Ulla Taipale, Pia Lindman & Oakalo työryhmä, Elissa Eriksson, Timo Jokela, Meri-Helga Mantere, Pirkko Pohjakallio, Mirja Hiltunen, Raisa Foster, Leena Valkeapää, Henrika Ylirisku, Elina Härkönen, Jussi Mäkela, Maria Huhmarniemi, Mari von Boehm, Johanna Vilja-Mantere, Antti Stöckell, Heli Mäkinen & Hanna Meriläinen.

Millä tavoin ympäristöhuoli ja eettinen yhteisöllisyys ilmenee taidekasvattajien, taiteilijoiden ja tutkijoiden ajattelussa ja toiminnassa? Kuinka taide ja taidekasvatus voivat vahvistaa kulttuurin kestävyyttä ja edistää tasa-arvon toteutumista yhteiskunnassa?
Kirja käsittelee taidetta ja taidekasvatusta suhteessa inhimilliseen ympäristökokemukseen. Erilaisia tekstejä yhdistää osallistava, voimauttava ja aktivismiin orientoitunut pedagoginen asenne, joka haastaa totuttuja asenteita ja käytäntöjä. Artikkelit rakentavat historiallista ja pedagogista perustaa ja ehdottavat avauksia taidekasvatukselle, joka pyrkii edistämään ekososiaalista demokraattisuutta.



Kuvis sata
Pirkko Pohjakallio & Mira Kallio-Tavin (toim.), 2015

Kuvis sata -julkaisussa on opettajankouluttajien omana aikanaan kirjoittamia ajatuksia taidekasvatuksesta sekä vuonna 2015 opettajina ja tutkijoina toimivien pohdintoja. Opettajankoulutuksesta kertovien kuvien lisäksi mukana on eri aikojen koululaisten tekemiä kuvia Kuvataidekasvatuksen historia-arkistosta.
Oppiaine on kulkenut nimillä piirustus, kuvaamataito, kuvataide, kuvaanto, taidekasvatus, taide ja saanut lempinimekseen kuviksen, joka sisältää kuvan ja visuaalisuuden. Taidekasvattajat ovat vakuuttuneita siitä, että kuvilla ja taiteella pystytään vaikuttamaan tavoilla, joilla perinteinen tiedonjako tehoaa heikosti.
Taide- ja taiteen opettajakoulutus etsii jatkuvasti uutta miettien mistä juuri tässä ajassa ottaa kiinni. Mitä nyt tarvitaan, keitä ja miten taidekasvatus nyt palvelee?



Lasten Aurinkovuosi
Anu Suosalo, Annika Tavasti, 2008

Havainnollinen ja hyväntuulinen Lasten Aurinkovuosi -opaskirja tutustuttaa ympäristökasvatuksen perusteisiin lasten oman kulttuurin lähtökohdista, leikin ja luomisen avulla. Oppaan vinkit lähiluonnon- ja kierrätysmateriaalien hyödyntämisestä arjen ja juhlan puuhissa ohjaavat juhlistamaan lapsen mielikuvitusta joka päivä ympäri vuoden. Kestävää kehitystä tukeva Lasten Aurinkovuosi on suunnattu perheille, lasten kanssa työskenteleville sekä kaikille, jotka pitävät voikukkaseppeleistä ja ullakoiden aarteista.
Kirjan pohjana toimiva, vuosittain järjestettävä Lasten Aurinkojuhla -tapahtuma on saanut valtakunnallisen Lapsenpäivä-palkinnon. Lasten Aurinkovuosi -kirja on saanut tukea myös Ympäristöministeriöltä sekä useilta ympäristö- ja kulttuurialan säätiöiltä. Opaskirjan tekijänä on viiden hengen työryhmä, joka koostuu taide- ja kulttuurialan ammattilaisista.
Lasten Aurinkojuhla - tapahtuman kotisivut. ISBN 978-952-483-083-6


Maan Kuva

Kirjoituksia taiteeseen perustuvasta ympäristökasvatuksesta
Toimittanut Meri-Helga Mantere





Levande spår
Att upptäcka naturen genom konst och konsten genom natur
Jan-Erik Sörenstuen, 2013

Författaren beskriver hur utomhuskonst kan stimulera människor att upptäcka och betrakta vår natur och därmed utveckla ett positivt förhållande till olika naturmiljöer. Läsarna uppmanas att bli mer uppmärksamma på hur vi som människor kan leva i harmoni med naturen. Vi behöver mer än någonsin ha ett kreativt och konstruktivt förhållningssätt till naturen, samtidigt som vi måste visa barn och unga att vi alla har möjligheter att stärka vår relation till och identitet med naturen. I boken kopplas naturens skönhet med estetiska möjligheter med konstens och ekologins utmaningar.
Levande spår vänder sig till studenter på lärarutbildning samt alla som vill utveckla sina estetiska förmågor i samspel med naturen.



Lekstäver och orddjur för undrier
Magnus Lönn, 2013

En ordbilderbok som vill insprirera till undersökande lekar med bild, ord, bokstäver och språk. Här finns Magnus Lönns överraskande och rika fantasi som gestaltar ord och bokstäver på ett roligt och frigörande sätt. Boken kretsar kring språkliga lekar och ordens kraft att förvandla. Det kan vara en liten förskjutning, en felande länk, en oväntad bokstav i ett bekant ord som ger tankarna ny fart och riktning. Får jag hitta på alldeles egna ord?
Är min ordstad lika viktig som min bostad? Nyfiken är jag men hur blir jag nufiken?Är det någon som kan säga vad en klokförare gör? Kan jag bli ordsynlig med de ord jag själv finner?

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Barndomens skogar
Om barn i natur och barns natur
Gunilla Halldén, 2011

Inom pedagogiken finns en lång tradition av att koppla samman barn och natur och det gäller speciellt förskolepedagogiken och friluftsrörelsen. Det finns ett starkt värderande av naturupplevelser, det är positivt att vistas i skogen. Skogen framställs som den goda platsen där barn både lär sig att bli sociala och tillåts vara ifred eftersom det finns plats för alla.
Det finns en idéhistorisk grund till att barndom och natur kopplas samman som emanerar från romantiken och de pedagogiska idéer som utvecklades under 1800-talet. Detta är ett internationellt fenomen, men det finns mycket som talar för att det är särskilt framträdande i Norden, inte minst har denna tradition förstärkts av författare som t ex Elsa Beskow och Astrid Lindgren.
Boken bygger på studier av idéer bakom naturens och barndomens betydelse som framträder i texter av olika slag, både vetenskapliga och litterära. Hon intresserar sig för naturbegreppet och den symboliska betydelse som naturbegreppet har idag, samt för hur man kan förstå dess framväxt. Hon intresserar sig också för hur barndom knyts till natur och vilken natur som då lyfts fram.

Halldén är professor emerita vid Tema Barn vid Linköpings universitet. Hennes ämnestillhörighet finns inom pedagogiken och pedagogisk psykologi. Hon har forskat och skrivit flera böcker och artiklar om synen på barndomen och naturen.



en A B SE-bok för barn och alla undra
Magnus Lönn, 2002

En inspirerande och rolig bok om bokstäver och språk. På ett lekfullt och frigörande sätt vänder och vrider Magnus Lönn på orden så de får nya betydelser. Ord och bild flätas ihop till dikter och collage som lockar till nya associationer och tankar. En kul och tankeväckande bok för alla.




Levende spor
Å oppdage naturen gjennom kunst, og kunsten gjennom natur
Jan-Erik Sørenstuen, 2011

Levende spor – Å oppdage naturen gjennom kunst, og kunsten gjennom natur inviterer til estetiske naturopplevelser gjennom vakre bilder av barn og unges arbeider i naturen. Forfatteren viser hvordan land art kan stimulere mennesker til å oppdage og betrakte vår natur, og til å utvikle et positivt forhold til ulike naturmiljøer. Leserne oppfordres til å bli mer oppmerksomme på hvordan vi som mennesker kan spille på lag med naturen.
Vi må mer enn noen gang ha en kreativ og konstruktiv holdning til naturen, og vi må vise barn og unge at vi alle har muligheter til å styrke vår tilhørighet til og identitet med naturen. I boken kobles naturens skjønnhet og estetiske muligheter med kunstens og økologiens utfordringer, og det gjør den til en aktuell bok.
Levende spor henvender seg til studenter ved lærerutdanningene, og den kan samtidig være av interesse og til glede for mennesker som vil sette seg selv og sine barn inn i et estetisk samspill med omgivelsene.
Jan-Erik Sørenstuen er universitetslektor i Kunst og håndverk ved Universitetet i Agder. Han har i en årrekke arbeidet med land art-prosjekter med studenter, og med barn og unge i barnehager og skoler.

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Naturlig rik
om norsk naturfølelse med Arne Næss og utdrag av H.D. Thoreaus livsfilosofi
Mia Svagård; Arne Næss; Henry David Thoreau; m.fl.

Hva er det med naturen som virker så tiltrekkende? Hvorfor velger så mange her i landet å reise på hytta for å koble av? Og hvorfor er mange av oss fremdeles opptatt av et hytte- og friluftsliv i enklere former, uten for mye utstyrsjag og luksuspreg? I denne praktboka bidrar de verdenskjente filosofene Arne Næss og Henry D. Thoreau til å belyse slike spørsmål. Her har idéhistoriker Mia Svagård latt Arne Næss fortelle fritt, og plukket ut tankevekkende sitater fra Thoreaus samlede verker. Videre gir boka blant annet et godt bilde av ulike natursyn i Vesten, til ulike tider. Spennende er det å lese om hvordan tankene om et godt liv i pakt med naturen og med materielt måtehold, har holdt seg levende fra det antikke Hellas opp til vår dagers miljøbevegelse og simple living-trend. Vi møter en sprudlende Arne Næss som på sin velkjente slentrende og undrefundige måte forteller om blant annet nordmenns spesielle forhold til natur: "Det eneste spesielle ved norsk kultur er naturfølelsen. At så mange mennesker her i landet har et så sterkt og inderlig forhold til natur. Enn for eksempel sveitsere eller svensker. Alt det andre, ja det har jo også andre land og folk."


Med himmelen som tak
Uterommet som arena for skapende aktiviteter i barnehage og skole
Holst Buaas, 2002

Uterommet som arena for skapende aktiviteter i barnehage og skole
Med himmelsen som tak retter søkelyset mot lek og skapende aktiviteter utendørs.Forfatteren har en økologisk tilnærming til stoffet, der kontakt med natur og nærmiljø står sentralt. Det estetiske og tverrfaglige perspektivet i barns skapende prosesser fremheves. Praktiske eksempler er hentet fra kreativ virksomhet med ulike materialer i barnehage og skole.




Sharing Nature
Spelvormen voor natuurbewustzijn
Joseph Cornell, 2013

Wanneer kinderen persoonlijk ervaring opdoen met de natuur ontstaat er meer individuele waardering voor de natuur. Ze ontdekken wat de natuur hen te bieden heeft en zullen er dan ook beter voor zorgen. Dit eenvoudige doch zeer effectieve concept vormt de basis van Sharing Nature®, waarmee Joseph Cornell sinds de introductie in 1979 wereldwijd voor een ware revolutie in de natuureducatie heeft gezorgd. De beroemde natuurconservator Sir Peter Scott noemde Sharing Nature zelfs van wezenlijk belang voor het voortbestaan van de planeet.

De basis voor Sharing Nature vormt de leermethode Flow Learning. Cornell deelde zijn methode in vier fasen in: 1. stimuleer enthousiasme 2. concentreer de aandacht 3. direct ervaren en 4. deel inspiratie. In de eerste fase gaat het om speelsheid en alertheid, in de tweede om ontvankelijkheid, in de derde om opgaan in de ervaring en in de vierde om verheldering en verdieping van de ervaring. Naast een uitgebreide uitleg van deze leermethode bevat dit boek per fase spelvormen voor zowel kleine als grotere groepen. Door de spelvormen leren de kinderen op een creatieve manier van de natuur. Ze krijgen het gevoel deel uit te maken van de natuur, hebben plezier en ervaren innerlijke kalmte.



Filosofische beschouwingen over verbondenheid met natuur en landschap
Riyan van den Born, Martin Drenthen, Pieter Lemmens & Thomas van Slobbe (red.), 2012

Plaats gaat over de moderne ervaring van en verbondenheid met plaatsen. Mensen voelen zich verbonden met tal van uiteenlopende plaatsen, maar vaak zijn dat plekken in de natuur. Plekken bieden rust, een mogelijkheid tot reflectie; ze zijn geschikt om nieuwe dingen te ontdekken maar kunnen ook juist de plek zijn waar het alledaagse leven zich afspeelt. Maar in onze permanent veranderende wereld lijkt ook de betekenis en beleving van plaats radicaal veranderd te zijn. De hele planeet is tegenwoordig ons thuis, maar erg veel houvast lijkt dat niet te geven. Het lijkt eerder alsof de samenleving de grond onder haar voeten is kwijtgeraakt; we zijn – letterlijk - zonder vaste verblijfplaats, en juist daarom lijkt plaats zo belangrijk voor ons geworden. In de vorm van filosofische beschouwingen, wetenschappelijke artikelen, persoonlijke essays, columns en literaire fragmenten, laat een breed scala aan auteurs zien hoe het staat met onze hedendaagse verbondenheid met natuur en landschap.



Hoor de zon
Carolien Euser & Madelinde Hageman, 2012

Kunstenaars en kinderen hebben gemeen dat ze met onbevangen blik naar de wereld kunnen kijken. Zij kijken met andere ogen naar de gewoonste dingen en zien een kraaienkop in een vuilniszak of een garnaal in het plaveisel. Hoor de zon is een speels en avontuurlijk boek dat de ogen opent voor het bijzondere in het gewone. De kunst en artikelen in dit boek laten zien dat er meer dan één manier is om de wereld te bekijken en toont nieuwe perspectieven. Het boek heeft 112 pagina's en bevat veel prachtige foto's van kunstwerken. De interviews zijn met Jan van Boeckel en Wil Uitgeest en de bijdragen van o.a. Jan Rothuizen, Job Koelewijn, Marijke van Warmerdam en Ted van Lieshout.




Het natuurboek voor kinderen

Koen Broos, Bibi Dumon Tak & Silvie Moors (redactie), 2010

Heeft een rat een hart? Worden bergen gekapt? Waar komt water vandaan? Hoe geribbeld en gerimpeld is een slang? Je leest het in dit bijzondere natuurboek. Een boek boordevol kijkplaten, verhalen om zelf te lezen, verhalen om je te laten voorlezen, foto’s, een strip en prachtige gedichten.



Vrij spel voor natuur en kinderen
Marianne van Lier en Willy Leufgen, 2007

De auteurs maken u deelgenoot van hun langdurige zoektocht naar inspirerende projecten in binnen- en buitenland. Daarnaast willen zij u door middel van dit rijk geillustreerde boek kennis laten maken met de talrijke mogelijkheden om alle denkbare educatieve buitenruimte op een heel andere manier in te richten en te gebruiken dan we tot nu toe om ons heen waarnemen.



Oer - de kracht van kijken
Fotograaf Martin Kers en onderwaterfotograaf Willem Kolvoort, 2008

Dit boek laat details van de Nederlandse natuur om de hoek laat zien. Natuur die iedereen kan waarnemen als hij goed kijkt!
Oer gaat over de schoonheid van uitkomende rietstengels, waar Martin Kers van vertelt dat je de grond voelt trillen als de stengels beginnen te groeien. Oer gaat over stenen langs rivieroevers, over slootjes met twintig miljoen wimperdiertjes op één foto, over de wonderlijke vreemde vormen van zoetwatersponzen, maar ook over gewoon kroos. Oer laat foto’s zien van de natuur als vormgever van grassen, mossen en boomschors. De foto’s zijn op een speciale manier vormgegeven en alle pagina’s zijn voorzien van korte informatie over wat we zien, anders zouden we nog de helft niet waarnemen.
Naast de foto’s bevat het boek verhalen van bekende auteurs die op aanstekelijke wijze over hun ‘oergevoel’ in het leven van alle dag vertellen.


Het laatste kind in het bos
Hoe we onze kinderen weer in contact brengen met de natuur
Richard Louv (Vertaling: Ceciel Verheij en Jan van Boeckel), 2008 (2e druk)

Nooit eerder brachten zoveel kinderen zoveel van hun tijd binnenshuis door, vaak zittend achter een tv- of computerscherm. Richard Louv brengt het gebrek aan contact met de natuur van de online-generatie in verband met verontrustende trends als de groei van overgewicht, concentratiestoornissen en depressies bij kinderen.
Louv is de eerste die recent onderzoek in kaart heeft gebracht waaruit blijkt dat direct contact met de natuur van wezenlijk belang is voor de lichamelijke en geestelijke gezondheid van kinderen. Louv slaat niet alleen alarm, hij vertelt ook hoe we kunnen proberen de verbroken relatie te herstellen.



Naturwerkstatt Landart
Andreas Güthler und Kathrin Lacher, 2005

Neben einer Einführung in die "Landart" und handwerklichen Tipps für verschiedenste Konstruktionsmöglichkeiten beschreiben die Autoren praxisnah konkrete Beispiele von Landartprojekten für alle Altersstufen vom Kindergartenalter über Schulkinder und Jugendliche bis zu Erwachsenen. Mit vielen Farbfotos und Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitungen hält dieses Buch eine Fülle an Ideen für Gestaltungen in und mit der Natur bereit.