Approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics
Room 26 (50)
11:00 - 12:30
Chair/s:
Pernilla Malmer
Sustainability through an ecolinguistic lens: The discursive dimension of governing socio-ecological systems
Marta Skorek
The Institute of Scandinavian Studies and Applied Linguistics, the Faculty of Languages, the University of Gdansk, Poland, Gdynia, Poland
As a multi-faceted endeavor, the sustainable governance of socio-ecological systems requires interdisciplinary cooperation among the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences as well as the engagement of both expert and non-expert stakeholders. The achievement of these objectives would be greatly facilitated by ecolinguistics defined as ecological analysis of discourse and exploring the way in which language use reflects and shapes our perception of, and relation to, life-sustaining ecosystems. The ability to appreciate the role of ideas, frames, concepts, narratives or argumentation patterns in sustainable environmental governance enhances critical language awareness, and – coupled with ecological knowledge – results in ecological (ocean) literacy. While there is no guarantee that our critical language skills will immediately lead to sustainable practices and outcomes, the mastering of these skills enables us to interpret various sustainability-related texts critically, to communicate about environmental governance challenges in a meaningful way, and to make informed choices and decisions. In order to demonstrate the analytical potential of ecolinguistics, I will study selected texts about marine governance to show how clusters of linguistic features come together to form particular worldviews (cultural codes) and how the way in which we frame our environmental sustainability issues affects institutional dynamics and social practices. Therefore, the purpose of the study will be three-fold: (a) to show the potential of ecolinguistics to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines, such as linguistics, discourse analysis, social sciences, and environmental studies, (b) to present insights gained through ecological discourse analysis of the sustainability-related texts, and (c) to highlight the role of ecolinguistics in facilitating our understanding of the discursive dimension of the sustainable governance of socio-ecological systems.

Key words: ecolinguistics, ecological analysis, discourse, sustainability, critical skills, ecological literacy, socio-ecological system, marine governance

Presenter/s:
Marta Skorek
Presentation type:
Oral communication
Room:
Room 26 (50)
Chair/s:
Pernilla Malmer
Date:
Tuesday, 22 August
Time:
11:00 - 12:30
Session times:
11:00 - 12:30