Event Details

Friday, 08 June 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 127
UQ Location:
Human Movement Studies Building (St Lucia)
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Ms Julia Finnane
3365 6912
Org. Unit:
Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

Event Description

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Professor Douglas Booth:
In nature sports athletes interact with the surfaces, textures and fluids of physical geographical features as well as the dynamic forces that create them. These interactions have largely been ignored by social constructionist thinking in the social sciences; social constructionism renders the natural environment inert, passive, and malleable for human meaning and use.

In this presentation, I argue that the elements of natural environments produce affects and sensations that inscribe themselves on, and transform and produce, bodies. Two questions arise from this argument. Firstly, what is the ontology of nature sports within Western philosophy that separates nature from culture as a primary divide in the organisation of knowledge? Secondly, are theorists of nature sports correct in their view that participants are fostering a new ethic of care for the natural environment and facilitating a new environmental politics? In addressing these questions I draw on surfing which is widely regarded as an archetypal nature sport.

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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