26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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To Control, to Manage, to Love

Panel discussion on how science can help transform our relationship with nature


Despite increasingly accurate and solid scientific knowledge and its growing availability, our society has not yet found a fundamental solution to its environmental problems. On the contrary, we are approaching many of the so-called tipping points. Are we persisting in inaction because we are betting everything on science? From the first grade onwards, we are shaped by science. How can we improve our sensitivity to nature so that we can be more effective in implementing the needed change?




Andreas Weber

Biologist, philosopher and writer. He teaches at Leuphana University and at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin. His work is focusing on re-evaluation of our understanding of the living. He proposes understanding organisms as subjects and hence the biosphere as a meaning-creating and poetic reality. In his 2019 book Enlivenment. Toward a Poetics for the Anthropocene he presents an alternative understanding of our relationship with nature, arguing not that humans control nature but that humans and nature exist united in mutual transformation. 


Jan Roleček

Environmentalist, educator and researcher at the Botanical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is an assistant professor at the Department of Botany and Zoology of the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University. He studies ecology and history of vegetation, focusing in his research on phytocenology, phytogeography and paleoecology. Between 2012 and 2018, he led two research projects of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic concentrating on the development of methods for quantitative reconstruction of vegetation during the Holocene using pollen data, and he is currently leading a project of the GACR that consists in the research of soil memory of species-rich steppe meadows.


Hana Nováková

Director, indologist and ethnozoologist. Her PhD research focuses on the clash between the Western zoological paradigm and the animistic perception of the world among tribal people in Bengal. As a filmmaker, essayist and a curator she has also been exploring the relationship between humans and other animals, and human alienation from nature. For five years, she was a permanent editor of Czech Television's environmental programme Občanské noviny. She cooperates with the Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences, the A2 magazine and the ethnobiological anthology Pandanus. She interprets from Bengali for refugees from the sinking Bangladesh.


Tomáš Daněk

University teacher and interdisciplinary researcher at the Department of Development and Environmental Studies at Palacký University in Olomouc. His research focus is on environmental philosophy and ethics, changes in Western approach to nature, and anthropology and sociology in relation to development and associated issues.


Moderated by


Ľuboš Slovák

University teacher and ecologist. He studied computer science and social and cultural ecology. He currently teaches at the Department of Environmental Studies at Masaryk University, where he also leads the international DeepEn project aimed at developing experiential learning methods based on the broad tradition of deep ecology. His work at the Institute of Global Change Research of the Czech Academy of Sciences includes research on the intangible values of nature and landscape. He is interested in the relationship between humans and non-human nature and the transformation of concepts of nature. His professional interests also include ecophenomenology, ecopsychology and philosophy of science.


In cooperation with Heinrich Böll Foundation Prague.

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