Rights of Nature – Scientific Seminar and Celebration of Mother Earth Day

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A conversation about the concept of Pachamama, Environmental Studies and beyond.

Organized by ILAS (Iberian and Latin American Studies Forum), CApE (Center for Applied Ecological Thinking) at the University of Copenhagen in collaboration with Academia Intercultural - Det Interkulturelle Akademi (AIIA).

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Since 2015, students and teachers working on Latin American subjects celebrate Pachamama, “Mother Earth Day”, and the tree planted in the courtyard behind building 24 has grown. With the University of Copenhagen's new focus on Environmental Humanities, this year we supplement with the screening of a documentary and a scientific seminar to present and discuss the rich and only superficially known Latin American tradition of ecological ethics, culture, and imagination.

The seminar is divided into two rounds: First, 12 experts from Danish universities and abroad will offer short input papers (extended summaries will be available here two weeks before). Thereafter, a round table with two outstanding voices in the Danish debate, Carsten Jensen, and Selma de Montgomery, will pick up these ideas and discuss them, also engaging with the audience.

Read Extended Abstracts (pdf)



Film screening

Venue: KUA1, Njalsgade 134, auditorium 22.0.11

Free entrance and an introduction to the film.

12:00-14:00 Screening of the documentary "Mama Irene - Healer of the Andes" (Dir. Bettina Ehrhardt & Elisabeth Möhlmann, 2022, 72min, English Subtitles)

This is a film about Mama Irene, a remarkable 84-year-old woman Shaman (healer) from Peru, drawing upon indigenous knowledge and traditions in danger of being lost forever. Yet it is not only a vital document of endangered wisdom; it is also a story about Woman empowerment and a testament to living harmoniously with Mother Earth.


Traditional Ceremony

Venue: KUA1, courtyard between building 24 and 25 (entrance from Emil Holms Kanal 8)

14:00-15:00 Traditional ceremony at the Tree with medicine woman Laura Ponce Gartmann


Scientific Seminar

Venue: KUA3, Auditorium 4A-0-69 (Njalsgade 76, entrance from Ørestads Boulevard)

16:00 Welcoming by the organizers
16:15 Short input papers by Stine Krøijer, Mattias Borg Rasmussen, Jesper Nielsen, Xaquín S. Pérez-Sindín, Julie Wetterslev, Jan Gustafsson (all KU); Marie Kolling (DIIS); Julia Krabbe Suárez (RUC); Diana González Martin and Georg Fischer (AU); Óscar García Augustín (AAU); Frida Hernández Peña (Birmingham City University) and Silvia Escobar (UMA Málaga)
17:15 Coffee Break
17:30 Round table with Selma de Montgomery and Carsten Jensen, moderated by Lasse Yde Hegnet
18:15 Debate with the audience
19:00 Reception

The seminar is in English – all are welcome!

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