How fundamental are emotions to the ways in which contemporary humans relate to nonhumans?
Join us as we welcome guest lecturer Dr. Dolly Jørgensen, Professor of History at the University of Stavanger, Norway, who specializes in histories of human-animal relations. Her 2019 book Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age: Histories of Longing and Belonging is a ‘groundbreaking study of how emotions motivate attempts to counter species loss.’
Jørgensen will tell us about how fundamental emotions are to the ways in which contemporary humans relate to nonhumans — despite our reliance on scientific principles. We’ll also learn why a sustainable future depends on questioning how and why belonging and longing factor into the choices we make about what to recover.
About the speaker:
Dr. Dolly Jørgensen is a Professor of History in the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages at University of Stavanger, Norway [UiS]. She is the co-editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Humanities and co-director of The Greenhouse Center for Environmental Humanities at Uis. She is also part of Remembering Extinction, a research program exploring how narratives of species extinction and recovery from near extinction are constructed, perpetuated, and put into practice.
This lecture is open & free to the public and has been made possible by the University of Houston Department of History.
Light bites and refreshments will be provided.