Ontologies of Nature and Indigenous Spirituality and Human Nonhuman Health in Contemporary Latin American Culture

Deadline: 25 march 2021
Contact: Azucena Castro, Postdoctoral fellow, University of Buenos Aires
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0700769907

EmergencE/Y: ASLE 2021 Virtual Conference
Conference Dates: July 26 – August 6, 2021

This panel seeks to discuss the ways in which cultural productions from Latin America articulate and mobilize ideas about nature as a healing source and, conversely, as a source in need of healing. Both Nature as a panacea for an aching body and as an intoxicated environment in need of healing are two common themes expressed in contemporary visual art, literary works, cinematography and other forms of cultural expression from Latin America. Even if nature is directly affected by the damaging effect of toxic entities and practices, still today, it is assumed to have the healing power to counteract toxicity -an ideological disjuncture that has evoked and inspired ontological reflections about the relation between organisms, topologies and culture and the spiritual dimension of the natural world. We seek papers that approach this dis-juncture in cultural outputs such as literature, visual art, and cinema from and in Latin America that explore diverse ontologies of Nature, indigenous spirituality and human and nonhuman health.

Posted on March 17, 2021