26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth

Keynote speech by David Abram and conversation on our relationship with our environment 


As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a metamorphosis in our relation to the living land. For too long we have ignored the wild intelligence of our bodies, taking our primary truths from technologies that hold the animate earth at a distance. We will explore ways of thinking that subvert this distance, ways of speaking that might draw humankind into a far more intimate relation with the more-than-human world. Join us for an investigation into the earthly depths of sensory experience, and into the ecological dimensions of communication and language.




David Abram

Cultural ecologist and philosopher and founder and creative director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics. He is best known for his work bridging the philosophical tradition of phenomenology with environmental and ecological issues. David is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology, and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-human World . His essays on the cultural causes and consequences of ecological disarray have appeared in a number of publications and anthologies. Abram coined the phrase “the more-than-human world” as a way of referring to earthly nature, a term that has become a key phrase within the lingua franca of the broad ecological movement.


Moderated by


Nikola Benčová

She studied Performing Arts, International Relations and is a PhD student at the Department of Environmental Studies at Masaryk University. She is a freelance editor at Radio Wave and a member of the climate justice collective Limits Are Us, where she co-produces the podcast Trhlina. She is dedicated to bringing themes of corporeality and encounters with the more-than-human world into the sphere of academia. She is interested in the intersections of specific spirituality and corporeality, and in how research through body and corporeal imagination can be viewed as a relevant and adequate source of knowledge for the emerging world in which we learn to gently coexist with the landscape that nourishes us.


In cooperation with Heinrich Böll Foundation Prague.

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