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Seed funded projects 2022 - April session

IMC Tuesday Seminar - Presentation of studies and results from projects that received IMC seed funding in 2022. Speakers: Annika Capelán and Johanne Nedergaard

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Tuesday 25 April 2023,  at 11:00 - 12:30


Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, 8000 Aarhus C, building 1483, room 312 and online (https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/my/imcevent)

Wool Worked Worlds –Studying Industrial Landscapes through Collaborative Filmmaking

Annika Capelán, Postdoc, Centre for Environmental Humanities and Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University

Abstract: A paradox characterises wool production: it is highly industrialised yet cannot be detached from place-specific ecologies and social relations. Wool sheared from sheep is materially shaped by the geopolitical and ecological particularities of the grasslands where they are raised. The EU Marie Cuire funded project Wool Worked Worlds explores how these local diversities shape the global wool industry, and how local sheep rearing and landscape management practices are shaped by practitioners’ imaginaries of geographically distant parts of the wool industry. Bringing together different versions of global wool, the approach deploys collaborative filmmaking engaging the work and analysis of sheep farmers, indigenous/black/coloured community members, laboratory technicians and ambulant sheep shearers from three wool regions – the Karoo and the Lesotho highlands of Southern Africa, Queensland, Australia and Chubut, Patagonia. The collaborative aspects of the film making implies that the work will be dialogical and that the consultants’ analyses will shape the film. IMC Seed funding adds a new layer of collaboration through the involvment of three junior scholars, all of them with attachments to the South African grasslands, and substantial research experience there. Through their skills and backgrounds, the coworkers add disciplinary diversity and allow for further methodological experimention which is key to the project questions about methods and analysis, i.e. about our abilities to respond to landscapes that are ‘wool worked’; damaged or otherwise affected by the longterm presence of woolen sheep along settler colonial dynamics. IMC Seed funding also stimulates stronger cross-institutional program building between AU CEH and UCT EHS.

Heart Talk

Johanne Nedergaard, PhD student, Department of Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Semiotics, Aarhus University

Abstract: Speech addressed to the self (self-talk) is a prominent part of most people’s conscious experience. This self-talk can have both beneficial (planning, self-regulation) and detrimental (anxiety, rumination) consequences. In this study, we focused specifically on physiological consequences of difference kinds of self-talk. We measured participants’ whole-body movements, respiration, and heart rate while they talked to themselves covertly in either a positive or a negative manner as well as during silent counting (the control condition). Our main hypothesis was that positive and especially negative self-talk would be associated with elevated heart rate in the absence of motor movement compared with the control condition. The relationship between inner speech, cognition, and the body has important implications for theories on rumination and depression.

Free of charge - All are welcome to attend