Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #29 – SOLASTALGIA – Grieving Ecological Loss

In 2005 the philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined the term “Solastalgia”.
[…] solastalgia is the pain or sickness caused by the loss or lack of solace and the sense of isolation connected to the present state of one’s home and territory. 1

During session #28, reading together in the  ‘Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet’ 2 anthology, we started our exchange on ecological loss and grief in general. 
In the next session we want to deepen this study and conversation, give space to talk and share our feeling of loss. We see this as a practice to discuss tools to learn to deal with these emotions.
In the last session questions arose:

  • How and when did we lose rituals to grieve? 
  • And how can we accept our ecological grief while people’s lives are directly threatened by climate change and environmental destruction?
  • How to grasp collective grief?
  • Is there a shift in the feeling of grief?

Image: Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky,  Untitled, 2011
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 until the 9th of March to​, and you’ll receive a selection of texts. Please be aware that there is a limit of space.
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 different ways of engaging with the world we inhabit.

Come and join us with an open mind here:

What:​ The Reading Club is in English language
When:​ Wednesday March 11, 2020, 19:30 (sharp!)
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, researcher for ecologies and the arts

1 ‘Solastalgia’, A New Concept in Health and Identity, Glenn Albrecht, 2005
2 Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet – Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene, Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan, Nils Bubandt (Eds.), 2017, University of Minnesota Press.

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