Concepts of Concern – A Lexicology of Ecology is a survey of terminology in social, cultural and political ecology. Old and new terms such as recycle, sustainable, green, renewable, biomass, climate change, carbon footprint, global warming or anthropocene constitute what can be called concepts of concern. They are used to propose solutions to waste, advance environmental justice and imagine new worlds, but also to justify new forms of resource extraction, industrial production and economic globalisation as necessarily eco-centric.
The 3-hour course traces the evolution of specific eco-centric terms and their corollary discourses since the global environmental movements of the 1960s and considers a lexicology of ecology as a springboard to engage the emerging and heterogeneous field of ecocriticism. It will also examine several artistic responses that operate outside the bounds of terminological discourses and its trappings.
Venue: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)
When: 6 Dec 2021, 7pm - 10pm