Carleton University’s Department of History will host a book launch and lecture on University of Stavanger Prof. Dolly Jørgensen’s new work Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age: Histories of Longing and Belonging.

Published by the MIT Press, the groundbreaking book brings together environmental history and the history of emotions to examine motivations behind species conservation. Jørgensen’s work will be of interest to those involved in ecological conservation, natural history, museums and environmentalism – or people who are simply concerned about the natural world.

Media are invited to attend the following events. Jørgensen is available for interviews.

Book Launch: Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age: Histories of Longing and Belonging

When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Where: Parlour Room, Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper St., Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Museum of Nature and Octopus Bookstore.

Public Lecture by Jørgensen – The Spectre of Extinction: Confronting Ghosts in the Museum

When: Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.
History Lounge, Room 433, Paterson Hall, Carleton
This event is free and open to the public.

In Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age, Jørgensen uses the environmental histories of reintroduction, rewilding and resurrection to view modern conservation efforts to recover nature as an emotionally-charged practice. She argues that the recovery of nature is a nostalgic practice that looks to a historical past and relies on the concept of belonging to justify future-oriented actions. The recovery impulse depends on emotional responses to loss that may manifest itself as guilt, hope, fear and grief.

Her book explains why emotional frameworks matter, both for how people understand nature and interact with it. Identification of what lost nature belongs and our emotional longing for it impacts how environmental restoration practices are carried out. Jørgensen argues that a sustainable future will depend on questioning how and why belonging and longing factor into the choices we make about what to recover.

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