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Dr Dalia Nassar Presents The Iain McCalman Lecture 2021

The Sydney Environment Institute is thrilled to announce Dr Dalia Nassar as our keynote speaker for the 2021 Iain McCalman Lecture.

Las Pozas, a surrealist botanical garden in Xilitla Mexico by Edward James. Image via Shutterstock, ID: 533385622.

The Sydney Environment Institute is thrilled to announce Dr Dalia Nassar as our keynote speaker for the 2021 Iain McCalman Lecture.

Dr Nassar is a philosopher, historian of philosophy and historian of science. Her work spans German romanticism and idealism, the philosophy of nature, aesthetics and environmental philosophy.

Her talk, entitled Art, Knowledge and Ecology – Or, Why Art Matters, will interweave threads from aesthetics, epistemology and the environmental humanities to question the distinction between art and knowledge, and to explore the development of modern ecology.

“While the distinction between art and knowledge doesn’t stand on entirely solid ground, few, outside of the environmental humanities, question it. In turn, those who do rarely consider the epistemological implications.

What does it mean to claim that art plays a role in knowledge? What does it imply about knowledge, as an activity and process, and what does it tell us about ourselves, as individual knowers?”

The Iain McCalman Lecture celebrates SEI co-founder and former co-director Iain McCalman’s generous and compassionate spirit, and his dedication to fostering and pioneering multidisciplinary environmental research. The lectures aim to highlight the work of early to mid-career researchers working across disciplinary boundaries to impact both scholarship and public discourse.

The inaugural lecture, held in 2019, was given by Dr Frances Flanagan, and in 2020, we welcomed keynote speaker Dr Dinesh Wadiwel.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday 3 February 2021 at The University of Sydney.