Arts and Culture
The recent emphasis on more holistic interdisciplinary perceptions recognizing the interconnectedness of humans, human institutions, and non-human environment are grounded on the growing aspirations to transcend anthropocentric values and preferences in science, arts, and everyday praxis. This kind of sustainable and reciprocal relationship is predicated on ecological ethics and advocated especially in environmental philosophy and aesthetics. Taking ‘ecology’ as the shared conceptual starting point, this panel investigates the transcultural trajectories of nature-culture interrelations brought forward by contemporary poetry and art. Through critical analysis of the selected case studies emerging at the intersection of East Asia and Europe, yet having the potential to transcend geographical boundaries, we examine both historical and contemporary manifestations of ‘ecologies’ and ‘landscapes,’ and their aesthetic, ethic and environmental modalities. At stake in these relational processes then, are precisely the kinds of interaction and connectivity that shifts the focus on beyond human-centric exchanges to nature and environmental issues. In this context, the significance of alternative conceptual and methodological takes on environment, landscapes and ecologies may be understood as a precondition for the enactment of a broader planetary consciousness.