Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #19: „Symbiotic Planet“

We want to look closer at Lynn Margulis work on symbiosis. Her pioneering work in bacterial origins of cell organelles (Endosymbiosis theory) has been dismissed by the scientific world for many years. Today the importance of her findings for evolutionary biology is regarded as revolutionary – changing the way we view our living Earth.

“As a species, we still fear the eccentric in our views of ourselves. Despite or perhaps because of Darwin, as a culture we still don’t really understand the science of evolution. When science and culture conflict, culture always wins. Evolutionary science deserves to be much better understood. Yes, humans have indeed evolved, but not just from apes or even from other mammals. We evolved from a long line of progenitors, ultimately from the first bacteria.”

[Lynn Margulis, Symbiotic Planet 1]

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.com until Tuesday 19th of February 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.

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! :-)

Come and join us with an open mind here:
What: The Reading Club is in English language
Where: Manteuffelstr. 73, 10999 Berlin Zabriskie – Buchladen für Kultur und Natur
When: Wednesday February 20, 2019, 19:30 (sharp!)
Who: small group of lovely, people who would like to meet you

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

Directors and hosts:
Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist, and Sina Ribak, environmental & cultural manager