“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.”
– Australian Aboriginal saying
It is no secret that the environments we live in are vast and varied, from the savannahs, to the rainforests to the big city buzz. But just as wide-reaching are the means we have available to connect and make/give meaning to our surroundings.
Our connection to place is important. Taking the time out to situate ourselves in time and space yields an appreciation of the natural and built worlds around us, and importantly a chance to collectively understand how such spaces mediate the ways we relate to one another. Yet in today’s world of diasporic populations and virtual networks, how do we connect back to our roots? What do “roots” even mean in this ever-changing context? And how often do we take a moment to reflect upon our shared and sometimes difficult histories? Can we learn from different perspectives on how to relate to people? As well as to place?
In this activity area we are looking to collaborate with partners to create specific projects centred around themes of agriculture, conservation and socioecological systems, teasing out apparent dichotomies of nature/culture, indigenous and intersecting knowledge narratives and beyond!
We are looking for partners to collaborate on proposals for funding. Please get in touch if you would like to make use of our distributed ethnographic tool in your research.