The Svartarkot Centre is an institute being developed in rural Iceland and dedicated to research and providing higher education on the interaction between culture and nature. The approach is multi-disciplinary, incorporating cultural studies, literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, geography, geology, ecology and the natural sciences. Three courses are scheduled for this summer and one of them, Local Environments, Global Impacts, should be of special interest to environmental historians. William Cronon will appear as guest lecturer.
Svartarkot is a farm giving participants first-hand experience of the interaction between people and the natural world. Courses will involve a generous number of excursions and field trips, capitalizing on the intriguing cultural and natural environment.
Courses are intended for both graduates and undergraduates. They are supervised by the Reykjavik Academy (www.akademia.is) and tailored to international university level standards. Each course counts for 6 ECTS credit units. Faculty members who bring five or more students may attend free of charge, but will be expected to participate fully in the program and events.
Courses for 2008:
1) Iceland Geography (8-17 June)
This course deals with the development of settlement and natural history. The processes controlling the development of geography, both human and natural, will be viewed from several angles with lectures, field trips and project work.
NOTE: This course is now fully booked.
2) Writing Local Cultures (17-26 June)
The course deals with the main themes in Icelandic cultural history and puts them in a new light from the perspective of scribal studies. The old scribal tradition is still with us, and it has been renewed in our time with the writing of diaries and blogs. This tradition will be the subject of lectures, project work and field trips to archives and places of interest.
3) Local Environments, Global Impacts (15-25 August)
How did and do different kinds of agriculture use the environment? How does industrial society use the environment? What is the effect of the environment (climate, germs, volcanism) on different kinds of societies? The emphasis will be on the area around Svartarkot, NE-Iceland, and how this history can be viewed and analyzed.
For further information, prices and registration please visit www.svartarkot.is
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