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Wed09Apr201414:00 - 18:00Heriot-Watt University - Riccarton Campus
SEMINAR - Doing Things Differently: Intercultural Research and Learning for Sustainability
‘Sustainability’ is commonly perceived as environmental issues by another name – an unhelpful editing of a concept where environmental and social issues are inextricably linked. At the root of every environmental issue you will find issues of justice, equality and power relationships. Culture and ecology are mutually dependent and inseparable in achieving sustainability.
Our perception of what we can or cannot do is shaped by deeply held cultural attitudes, dependent to a large extent on how we think collectively – as a social class , a circle of friends, an ethnic group or an academic discipline. Cultural discourse is as much a part of our collective journey towards sustainability as the natural sciences and technological innovation.
This interdisciplinary seminar is organised jointly by Learning for Sustainability Scotland and Heriot-Watt University’s Intercultural Research Centre. Together we will look at challenges arising from different cultural perspectives on sustainability. This seminar will explore areas where intercultural research – research that takes place between and across different cultures – can support learning for sustainability in a wide range of spheres: from the natural and built environment to social and economic issues.