Marginalia Reading group 2

  • The Democracy of Species 

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    Marginalia #2

    Make Economy Yours Again: Reading Group

    For the second Marginalia gathering on June 28, we will read The Democracy of Species by Robin Wall Kimmerer. In the online gathering, readers share their thoughts and fascination about the book. This discussion is built around the collection of marginalia from the group.

    Marginalia are marks made in the margins of a book or other document. They may be scribbles, comments, glosses (annotations), critiques, doodles, or illuminations.

    The margins create a space where you, as a reader, mix the world you live in with the text. An in-between space in which you connect the text with your context, reflections and stories. You are usually alone in the margin of the book - it is a personal and intimate space. With its limitation, it forces you to be concise. A note allows you to revisit the book and harvest what you found interesting again. But it is also a way to memorise that passage and bring it with you. With the Marginalia Reading Group, we experiment with populating the margins of a text collectively. What happens when we occupy that space together?

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    The Democracy of Species
    (96 pages / reading time: +/- 100 min)
    In The Democracy of Species Robin Wall Kimmerer guides us towards a more reciprocal, grateful, and joyful relationship with our animate earth, from the wild leeks in the field to the deer in the woods. Kimmerer shows us the importance of language for changing our relationship with the earth. She writes about the tension between taking the lives of other species for our own survival and honoring those lives and shows how deeply connected human beings are with the soil we live on.

    Suggested link to purchase the book (ebook around 4 euro / paperback 5 euro, depending on the online shop) here

    Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

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