Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #21: „The Mother of all Questions“ by Rebecca Solnit

During birth, cells are exchanged between mother and the newborn, we recently learnt. What does that mean for our identities and relationships? We grasped the idea of co-evolution and symbiosis as a prerequisite for life on earth. We know we have to find new ways of multi species living on our planet dangerously close to tipping points of irreversibly changing living conditions. What does that mean for our relationships as mothers, fathers, or others? What is our vision of a co-living society?

We’ve read women authors of many fields: biologists, sociologists, anthropologists and other researchers including artists.

Margulis about multidisciplinary research and life:“I was no more constitutionally inclined to focus monomaniacally on the cell nucleus than I was to be a satellite wife in a nuclear family; my attentions were divided. My friend Mary Catherine Bateson describes modern women as ‘peripheral visionaries’. A woman must be almost octopoid in her attentions if she is to survive. ”

Lynn Margulis (1998) Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution, Sciencewriters, Basic Books, Amherst, Massachusetts.

With these new eyes we want to explore the theme ‚Motherness & Otherness’ in the reading club and in other formats to come. Starting with the idea of ‘Further Feminisms’ by Rebecca Solnit we explicitly include fathers, men and anybody and kind in this discussion. Also concepts such as ecofeminism will be subject of the next sessions.

In ‘Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club’ we read texts together related to natural sciences, art, anthropology, postcolonialism, and (post)anthropocene, chosen from a female perspective looking beyond disciplines. Those who would like to attend the reading session, please rsvp via email to betweenusnature@gmail.comuntil Tuesday 16th of April and you’ll receive a selection of texts. At this reading group we will read passages together out loud and share our experiences and thoughts about the nature we live in, what it means to us, and will discuss post-natural conditions or challenges of who we are and where we live.

Come and join us with an open mind here:
What:​ the reading club is in english
Who:​ small group of lovely, people who would like to meet you (rsvp only, not suitable for children)
Why:​ to read together, be inspired and meet people
Note: ​Bring your copy of the text as print out or on a digital device
Hosts:​ Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist, and Sina Ribak, environmental & cultural manager

PLEASE NOTE: IN TERMS OF SUSTAINABILITY WE WILL NOT PRINT OUT THE TEXT.
BRING YOUR COPY ON A DIGITAL DEVICE OF YOUR CHOICE OR PRINTED OUT! :-)

The Mother of All Questions
by Rebecca Solnit