LANGUAGE AS SOUND
AS ART MATERIAL
In these strange times, engagement with the natural environment has been highlighted as a precious part of our ability to survive, make sense of the world around and within us, and mediate our health at all levels of being. The importance of the natural environment’s place has been foregrounded, as has our impact on it. So too, has our ability to redress the balance when – motivated to do so.
For institutions whose business is engagement with this environment, it may be an opportune moment to ask questions of critical reflexivity.
How are NTNU’s discourses shaping the way in which it engages with the natural environment? Do these discourses affect the way in which its stakeholders are perceived? What are the limits of NTNU’s episteme, and how might these be identified, to illuminate the ways in which stakeholders are ‘produced’ by discourse?
How might we apply the imaginary, as a sensory modality, to enliven and enchant knowledge-making, rather than aim simply at explanation? Could the inclusion of a fuller range of voices – not only from other disciplines and external stakeholders but from within our non-professional selves – add a lyrical dimension to saltwater worlds, or renew our reverence for the natural environment? Could these enchantments leak into our disciplinary philosophies, daily working habits, informal opinions or formal communications to improve research outputs in some way?
How do different research centres, departments or individuals at NTNU reinforce language use? How dimensional are their vocabularies? Do these practices change with context, audience, or over time? Are they static? How might we make ourselves more sensitive to the contours, textures and patterns in our language? How may we enrich the ways in which we use language, by widening the semantic net beyond our own disciplines? From morphemes to gestalt verbal units, what changes can be affected? How can we develop individual or collective practices for magnifying and demagnifying our field of attention, with respect to our dialects?
Did you know that worldwide, ~200 million ppl depend on coral reefs for protection from waves & storm surges? Protecting the ocean isn’t just about nature—it’s an important step toward building a resilient future for all of humanity. MT @NG_PristineSeas 📸 @Enric_Sala https://t.co/73u5KEvRKj
New research suggests more whales than previously thought have been entangled at some point. https://t.co/Uk9cx1c4Gj
Entanglement is a terrible but preventable issue! We can all do our part to ensure our waste is disposed of safely. MT @WhaleTalesOrg #talesofsavingwhales
1. I will lose friends over this thread. But I feel it would be dishonest not to say what follows.
It seems to me that we need to distinguish between two different issues, that are often confused:
A. Whether the UK is better off in the EU.
B. Whether the EU is a good thing.
Amazing and inspiring. https://t.co/97n43U8Q4g
Wow, wow wow!
Rosie & Alexa have raised over £1,300 for Rewilding Britain! Such determined girls, they’re litter picking across 100 miles this month to help secure a brighter future for their local wildlife. Go and show them some love! 💚
As an independent researcher without university ties, I’m completely reliant on Sci-Hub for access to scientific papers, thanks to the greedy behaviour of academic publishers.
I read about 50 a day. Now it’s been hit by a blocking order, does anyone know a workaround? Thanks.
If someone bellows that they are too fit and tough to catch Covid-19 – as several men have in response to my tweets this morning – and that Long Covid only affects unhealthy wimps and is all-made-up-anyway, it’s likely to be because they are deeply afraid of something else.
Selfishly, I’m delighted schools are opening tomorrow. Home schooling has become ever harder, and we’ve already had the virus, so probably won’t get reinfected.
Less selfishly, I’m apprehensive. Transmission rates are still quite high, and many schools are not Covid-safe.