About Us

Vértices es una exploración de nuestro entorno. Está, conformada por un ecosistema de; artistas, científicos y docentes universitarios, que abordan el territorio como laboratorio de experimentación interdisciplinaria desarrollando investigaciones que rompen con la jerarquía de saberes, aprendiendo colectivamente.

Last projects
  • 20 de noviembre al 28 de febrero 2021
    Exposición «Estrecho de Magallanes: la frontera de agua»
    Museo Nacional de Antropología de Madrid

URBAN NARRATIVES ABOUT NATURE / Santa Mònica Art Centre, Barcelona

TOXIC NIGHTMARES, GREEN UTOPIAS,
AND DREAMS OF CONTROL
MAY 19TH AND 20TH, 2022

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
Santa Mònica, interdisciplinary arts centre
La Rambla 7, 08002 Barcelona (Spain)

Coordinated by Carlos Tabernero
Institut d’Història de la Ciència (IHC) – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Projecte: PID2019-106208GB-I00 / Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Urban narratives about nature. Contemporary construction of natural history knowledge (Spain and Great Britain, 1950-1980)

With the collaboration of
Plataforma Vértices / Social Film Festival & Science Museum London


More than half of the Earth population lives nowadays in cities. Finding ways to cope with the challenge of urban growth has become of the utmost importance in an age in which human activity is severely altering the Earth system. As living conditions worldwide suffer from a steady increase in environmental issues, historical inquiry provides useful reflections about vital concerns and thus new perspectives on the present.

This workshop aims at generating and debating specific knowledge concerning processes of construction and management of natural history and environmental narratives. Understanding that the city and the countryside can only be understood through one another and from a global perspective, it will focus on urban-basedproduction and circulation of such narratives, primarily in Spain and Great Britain between the 1950s and the 1980s, where we will look at the role of actors, spaces,discourses, and practices involved in the construction of ways in which nature is represented according to strategically situated interests and criteria.

Talks will mainly deal with media, broadly understood, including television and film,the press (general and academic), literature, comics, museums, festivals, and summer nature camps. We thus will explore, in a context of rise of the natural sciences as anote worthy field of socio-political negotiation worldwide, and with natural history television swiftly becoming a leading source of both information and entertainment at the time, the development, acceptance, resistance and re-signification of symbolic and material resources constituting views of nature and the environment in academic,policy-making and activist circles, and always considering the power relations involved between urban and rural contexts.


THURSDAY, MAY 19TH

10:30 OPENING
11:00 – 11:15 WELCOMING REMARKS
AGUSTÍ NIETO
Director, Institut d’Història de la Ciència, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

CARLOS TABERNERO
Institut d’Història de la Ciència, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.PID2019-106208GB-I00
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SESSION 1: ACADEMIA AND ACTIVISM
FOR ONLINE ATTENDANCE

11:15 – 12:00
Wasting the city, saving the city, taking the city. Or whythe Wasteocene is not about waste
MARCO ARMIERO
Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
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12:00 – 12:30 BREAK

12:30 – 13:00 Battle of sciences, battle of scientists around evolution in 1970s Spain: paleontology paleontologists) vs biology (biologists)
CARLOS ACOSTA
Institut d’Història de la Ciència, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
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13:00 – 13:30 Ecology in Transition: Fernando González Bernáldez, Scientific Modernization and Environmental Advocacy in Late Francoist Spain
SANTOS CASADO DE OTAOLA
Departamento de Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
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13:30 – 14:00 DISCUSSION

 


SESSION 2: KNOWLEDGE AND ENTERTAINMENT
FOR ONLINE ATTENDANCE

16:00 – 16:45 Wild at heart. Zoological gardens and the urban space
OLIVER HOCHADEL
Institució Milà i Fontanals, CSIC, Barcelona
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16:45 – 17:15 BREAK

17:15 – 17:45 The TV and Film Unit at the London Zoo: creating adequate opportunity for observing patterns for amateur and professional zoologists alike
JEAN-BAPTISTE GOUYON
Department of Science & Technology Studies, University College London, UK
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17:45 – 18:15 Teaching and tinkering with personal computers and telematics in Catalan rural schools and summer camps (Spain,1980s-1990s)
IGNASI MEDÀ
Institut d’Història de la Ciència, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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18:15 – 18:45 DISCUSSION

 


FRIDAY, MAY 20TH

10:30: OPENING
11:00 – 11:15 WELCOMING REMARKS
CARLOS TABERNERO
Institut d’Història de la Ciència, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.PID2019-106208GB-I00
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SESSION 3: LITERATURE AND FILM
FOR ONLINE ATTENDANCE

11:15 – 12:00 From El Modena to Terminator: imagining green utopian places before and after nature
LISA GARFORTH
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK
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12:00 – 12:30 BREAK

12:30 – 13:00 The Crafting of Hunting Literature in Francoist Spain:Miguel Delibes and the ACTEON Hunting Club
CARLOS GÁMEZ
Departament d’Educació Lingüística i Literària, i Didàctica de les Ciències Experimentals i de la Matemàtica, Universitat de Barcelona

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13:00 – 13:30 The representation of nature in Spanish cinematography between the 1950s and 1980s
MARTA PIÑOL
Facultat de Geografia i Història, Universitat de Barcelona
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13:30 – 14:00 DISCUSSION

 


SESSION 4: NATURAL HISTORY TELEVISION
FOR ONLINE ATTENDANCE

16:00 – 16:45 The Animals’ Broadcasting House: non-human intimacies in the age of mass media
MAX LONG
Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, UK
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16:45 – 17:15 BREAK

17:15 – 17:45 Jacob Bronowski: History, Script and Performance
TIM BOON
Science Museum, London, UK
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17:45 – 18:15 Narratives about nature in Franco’s ‘organic democracy’
CARLOS TABERNERO
Institut d’Història de la Ciència, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
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18:15 – 18:45 DISCUSSION