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Scientific fabulation
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. (Tourism studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7339-3261
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Fables are stories of the more-than-human-world, starred by animals, plants, and objects with human characters. Fables and fabulation have traditionally been directed to children and have served a pur-pose of teaching moral lessons with a melancholic tone. While the method of ‘dumping data’ about environmental change and mass extinction have proved to be less effective ways of rising humans’ awareness and empathy towards the non-human-members of the Earth (Morton 2010; 2018), there exists an urgent need to alternative ways of understanding, discussing and being in the Anthropocene.

Acknowledging the importance of storytelling and storylistening in the Anthropocene, the paper at hand draws inspiration from empirical philosopher Vinciane Despret’s genre of ‘scientific fables’. The beauty and purpose of her way of scientific fabulation is to complicate, specify, slow down and hesi-tate so that multiple voices can be heard. The purpose of the paper is to discuss the ways in which scientific fables allows us to visit and gather around matters of care in more-than-human-worlds. The importance of moral lessons in fables is here connected to the ideas of ecological and minimal ethics that call for openness and wonder towards radical otherness. More specifically, the paper is driven by curiosity about the ways in which scientific fables might open new, welcoming spaces between ourselves.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rovaniemi: University of Lapland , 2018.
Keywords [en]
Scientific fables, minimal ethics, more-than-human-worlds, melancholy, care
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Economics and Business
Research subject
Tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79236OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79236DiVA, id: diva2:1271332
Conference
23th annual colloquium of the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences (YHYS): "Naturecultures", November 21-23, 2018
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Intra-living in the AnthropoceneAvailable from: 2018-12-17 Created: 2018-12-17 Last updated: 2018-12-18Bibliographically approved

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