Wageningen Geography Lecture | Peatland Literacy: Excavating Interdisciplinary Sites of Learning | by Derek Gladwin

Boggy Ditch in the Peatland of A’ Mhoine
With marsh marigolds
© Copyright Chris and Meg Mellish and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The Cultural Geography group cordially invites you to our Wageningen Geography Lecture by Derek Gladwin: Peatland Literacy: Excavating Interdisciplinary Sites of Learning. Monday October 28, 15:00 – 16:30, GAIA 1, with drinks afterwards.

This talk considers a multidimensional relationship between peatland literacy and interdisciplinary education. The morphology of peatlands through their wetland composition, as well as their positioning as cultural landscapes in parts of Europe such as the Netherlands, Ireland, and Denmark, reveal greater understanding of how to view them across various interdisciplinary and educational contexts. One of the benefits of interdisciplinary education involves integrating knowledge and methods from two or more disciplines to arrive at new discoveries. Considering the relational link between peatlands and interdisciplinarity, this talk explores how studying peatlands offers a flexible way of synthesizing ideas within learning, language, and representation. Peatlands function as alternative third or in-between spaces that can be an opening, invention, and place of constant transition across interdisciplinary learning.

Dr. Derek Gladwin is an Assistant Professor of Language & Literacy Education and a Sustainability Fellow with the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia in Canada. His recent books include Contentious Terrains (2016), Ecological Exile (2018), and Gastro-Modernism (2019).