A New Region of the World? Towards a Poetics of Situatedness





Monica Hammer - Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor
School of Natural Science, Technology and Environmental Studies

Tiina Peil

Johanna Dahlin, Linköpings universitet

The New Region of the World in this project is no geographical area but applied as a conceptual and analytical topos, a figure of thought inspired by Martiniquan poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant (Une nouvelle région du monde, Paris 2006). In Anthropo- and Eurocentric thought, this “new world” is regarded as an empty space, free to use for resource extraction as well as human experiments. The world, however, is conflicted and transforming, both literally and figuratively. It can be
described by seemingly self-contradictory terms such as urban Arctic or industrial nature, modern indigenous culture. Glissant encourages us to interpret this world as a connection of parts, where stereotypes (fixed notions or even concepts) are set against change in the world to create new images of and for the present world. Our endeavors include attending to ideas about home, hybridity, and materiality as emergent from these. Thus, we focus on the relationships between human beings and their cultural and ecological environments in the Baltic Sea Region.

These snapshots in time and space determine the accents of our poetics of situatedness. It is
situated in the sense that the project – in specific empirical studies – looks at creative practical solutions to paradoxes, such as horse-keeping in transforming peri-urban landscapes, coastal edgelands, and the extreme urbanity of northern Sápmi. The examples include negotiations of indigenous Sámi art in a context defined by the majority society; mining industry in Sápmi where opportunities for profit and work are pitched against human lifestyles and home-making; development of recreational horse-keeping in peri-urban Stockholm that transforms the agrarian landscape into a recreation driven landscape altering ecosystem functioning and services; and physical and mental edgelands in Estonia combined with possibilities for archipelagic thinking.

Bydler, C. 2017. Vad ska vi med samtidskonst till när vi har kulturarv?, Samtidskonstdagarna, Kalmar Art Museum, October 8.

Hammer, M. & Dahlin, J. 2017. Shaping cultural landscapes in transformation - Examples from
Sweden. Conference presentation. International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE).
European Landscape Ecology Congress. Ghent, Belgium. 12-15 September.

Hammer, M. Bonow, M. & Petersson, M. 2016. Perspectives on horse keeping and horse welfare in
peri-urban landscapes. Presentation at the international conference on Equine cultures in transition. Kungliga skogs- och lantbruksakademien (KSLA), Stockholm, Sweden, 27-29 October.

Peil, T. 2016. Legends on an estate, lecture at the Estonian Society of Baltic-German Culture,
November (the imaginary of a noble estate, its depiction on maps, historic documents and popular culture).

Peil, T. 2017. Seascapes - the actuality on poetics of living at a land's edge, lecture at TTK University of Applied Sciences international course March.

Peil, T. 2017. Exploring and mediating place = creating space in tourism. Conference presentation at the 7th Nordic Geographers Meeting, Stockholm, June.

Bydler, C. (2017) Decolonial or Creolized Commons? Sámi Duodji in the Expanded Field. Aamold, S.,
Haugdal, E. & Angkjær Jørgensen, U. (eds), Sámi Art and Aesthetics: Contemporary Perspectives, 141-162. Aarhus University Press, Aarhus.

Hammer, M., Bonow, M. Petersson, M. (2017) The role of horse keeping in transforming peri-urban landscapes: A case study from metropolitan Stockholm, Sweden. Norwegian Journal of Geography.

Svensson, E. (2017). Conflicting interests in natural resource management - A case study on mining in northern Sweden. Masters' Thesis in Environmental Science. School of Natural Science, Technology and Environmental Studies. Södertörn University, Huddinge. Sweden. (Supervised by Johanna Dahlin.)

Forskningsområde / geografiskt område

Institutionen för kultur och lärande Institutionen för naturvetenskap, miljö och teknik Geografi Idéhistoria Konstvetenskap Miljövetenskap CBEES Historia Konst & kultur Natur & miljö Östersjö Östeuropa


2016 — 2019


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