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Join us for the Ottawa launch of Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age with author Dolly Jørgensen, a groundbreaking study of how emotions motivate attempts to counter species loss. Brought to you in conjunction with the Department of History at Carleton University and the Canadian Museum of Nature.
November 9, 2pm-4pm
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
355 Cooper St., Ottawa
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Jørgensen argues that the recovery of nature is a nostalgic practice that looks to a historical past and relies on the concept of belonging to justify action. The recovery impulse depends on emotional responses to what is lost, particularly a longing for recovery that manifests itself in such emotions as guilt, hope, fear, and grief. In her new book, Jørgensen explains why emotional frameworks matter deeply—both for how people understand nature theoretically and how they interact with it physically. A sustainable future will depend on questioning how and why belonging and longing factor into the choices we make about what to recover.
Dolly Jørgensen is Professor of History in the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages at University of Stavanger, Norway. She is the coeditor of Visions of North in Premodern Europe, New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies, and Northscapes: History, Technology, and the Making of Northern Environments.
"Exploring guilt, hope, and grief as emotional responses to the perception of species loss, Dolly Jørgensen's path-breaking book helps us reconsider how the nostalgic longing for lost animals drives ecological restoration practices." - Alexa Weik von Mossner, University of Klagenfurt
You can also see Dolly Jørgensen on November 11 when she presents The Spectre of Extinction: Confronting Ghosts in the Museum at Carleton University.