“(Re)thinking Landscape: Ways of knowing / Ways of being” symposium explored the politics of landscape

October 6, 2022

The “(Re)thinking Landscape: Ways of knowing / Ways of being” symposium took place at Yale University from September 29 to October 1, 2022.

This interdisciplinary, multi-day event hosted by the Environmental Humanities program brought together artists, activists, and scholars to explore questions surrounding the politics of the landback movement, Indigenous sovereignty, and landscape cinema.

The symposium featured panels open to the public, a film screening, and workshops with artists. It was capped by keynote speeches from professor Nick Estes at the University of Minnesota and associate professor Tiffany Lethabo King at Georgia State University.

The cross-disciplinary dialogue between the humanities and social sciences helped place the meaning of landscape within the context of material politics. Some of the topics that the symposium reflected upon included the traumatic legacies of indigenous youth schooling, depictions of nature in the film “Logos Zanzotto,” and Indigenous efforts to create a framework for the Rights of Nature doctrine. 

Yale Daily News also covered the conference in a feature article.

This symposium could not have been possible without the generous support of:

The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund

The Yale Environmental Humanities Program

The Whitney Center for Humanities at Yale

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The Yale University Art Gallery

The Yale Group for the Study of Native America

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

The Yale Department of the History of Art

The Yale Department of Italian Studies

The Yale Film and Media Studies Program

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