How do you relate to nature? Have you ever considered where your views on nature come from? How universal are assumptions on human-nature relations anyway? And why would that matter?
During One World Week, cultural anthropologist Annet Pauwelussen will delve into the fascinating sociocultural dimensions of human-nature relations. She will explore how the diverse ways people understand, value and interact with non-human worlds give shape to different perspectives on nature conservation, sustainability and conflicts over natural resources.
What are the implications of these differences for conceptions of environmental justice and for the work of researchers? What is the value of enhancing our sensitivity to ways of comprehending and experiencing nature that are very different from what we are used to?
About Annet Pauwelussen
Annet Pauwelussen is a lecturer at the Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CA-OS) Institute of Leiden University. In 2017 she earned her Ph.D. cum laude from Wageningen University & Research with a dissertation titled 'Amphibious Anthropology: Engaging with Maritime Worlds in Indonesia'. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she studies the diverse ways people perceive and organize their relationships with nature, animals and other non-human agencies. In her research, she has a particular focus on human-sea interrelations and issues of cultural diversity and inequality in contemporary programmes for conservation, sustainable development and climate change mitigation. She conducted long-term ethnographic research among fishers, traders and sea nomads in Southeast Asia, whose mobile networks challenge land-based and state-based assumptions of development.