Entries by Trudy Lane

Adapting the worldscape of modernity to climate change — Ruth Irwin

It is well known that modern industrial “business as usual” is “very likely” (to use the IPCC’s technical term) to create a tipping point in the earth’s climate that will take us from the Holocene, through the Anthropocene and collapse to a new climatic Age altogether. This apocalyptic scenario is what Heidegger describes as the “proximity to the zone of nihilism”. Ironically, Heidegger regards this proximity as potentially the greatest possibility for transforming modernity towards a more authentic relation with the earth.

Biophilia — Mike Dickison

I’m interested in exploring the universality and common basis of our relationship with the environment. In particular, how do we reconcile our universal biophilia with the destructive effect we have on the natural world?

Toothbrushes of Perception

Sunday 16th January, 9am, Owae Marae – Zoologist Mike Paulin will talk about the beginings of perception and the evolution of the first animals and nervous systems over 500 million years ago, relating this to emergent behaviour in simple robots.

Call – Interpolar Pathways

:  an interdisciplinary evening of presentations on Arctic and Antarctic research We invite participation in a discussion evening event exploring interdisciplinary and cross-cultural links between Arctic and Antarctic research. The discussion will form part of the SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens symposium to be held at Owae Marae (Waitara, Taranaki, NZ). Presenters are welcomed to physically […]


It takes many people to make an interesting, welcoming and thought-full symposium or public event to happen! We would both welcome and wholeheartedly appreciate the help from local people or others who might be interested to get in the mix of this symposium and residency in some way. Herebelow are some of the areas where […]

Event Venues

Symposium Venue – Owae Marae Address: 16 North St, 4320, Waitara, New Zealand View SCANZ – Owae Marae in a larger map The SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens symposium is being held as a hui at Owae Marae. Therefore the event is organised as an all-pitch-in arrangement, where we everyone will be helping out with making […]

Other Accommodation

Accommodation on Bell Please note that if you are in need of accommodation on the 13th due to the early start on the 14th, we recommend Accommodation on Bell. This is also the main residency accommodation for the two weeks following the symposium, and is central to New Plymouth, on the WITT polytechnic campus. Each […]

Open Call – 2011 Hui/Symposium

SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens — Hui/Symposium Presentations Dates: 14-16th of January, 2011 Location: Owae Marae, Waitara, Taranaki An interdisciplinary discussion on the future of human evolution. How can we re-imagine our relationship with nature? We invite short presentations from artists, scientists, and cultural commentators on the topics below:   Perspectives on a Species Scientific, cultural […]


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