Place & Urban Space
In this session Gavin will expand on the importance of place in kinship relations. What is it about place that is different to “space”? Why is context so profoundly important? Gavin will draw from his time living in urban environments to talk about how, despite being “unlikely” places to connect with nature, kinship is possible. Gavin is the author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds, and co-editor of Wildness: Relations of People and Place and City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness. He is co-editor, along with Robin Wall Kimmerer and John Hausdoerffer, of the book series, Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations.
This course is part of Week 3 of the KINSHIP Online Course. In Week 3, we dive into Relational Ecosystems.
We will look at the grounds in which relationships form. Where exactly does kinship arise? What is the importance of place in all of this? Why is context critical? We will look at how the quality of the environment and the architecture of the spaces we inhabit informs the quality of our relationships. We will explore how unusual “places”, like the internet, or a science lab, can also lead to forms of kinship, and why this is important in a time when many feel they need to retreat to pristine nature in order to feel connection (this option is widely unavailable). This session is about where we find ourselves.
KINSHIP: An Online Course
Gavin Van Horn #
Gavin is Executive Editor at the Center for Humans & Nature. His writing is an entangled in ongoing conversation between humans, our nonhuman kin, & the animate landscape. He is the co-editor, with Robin Wall Kimmerer & John Hausdoerffer, of the five-volume series, Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations, & the author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds. Gavin currently resides in the ancestral lands of the Chumash people in San Luis Obispo, California.