Talk: Densities of meaning in West Namibian landscapes with Professor Sian Sullivan
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Join Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment and Culture at Bath Spa University, to find out more about her research in west Namibia where she has carried out ethnographic and oral history field work for 25 years.
Using spoken word, audio and video to draw alternative understandings of land and nature into view this talk explores the cost to indigenous people in the creation of a celebrated pristine wilderness.
This talk introduces a ‘counter-mapping’ project in west Namibia documenting memories of former dwelling places amongst indigenous peoples cleared from landscapes celebrated today as ‘pristine wilderness’. It will combine spoken word, audio and video to draw alternative understandings of land and nature into view, asking how can these cultural heritage dimensions be re-entangled with African landscapes now celebrated primarily for their global biodiversity and wilderness values? Sian Sullivan is Professor of Environment and Culture at Bath Spa University.