Open seminar about ethics at the University of Lapland


An open seminar titled Living Ethics will be held at the University of Lapland on 13 September. The day begins at 10:00 am in the lecture hall Castrén. The University has invited a group of international experts who look at everyday ethical questions from fresh viewpoints. The day consists of presentations given by the experts.

swers. How should I sort my waste in an eco-friendly way? What kind of urban planning is needed to ensure that everyone’s needs are considered? How does tourism affect the environment, economy and communities? Could we change our set ways of thinking and doing things?

Ethical challenges do not concern only other people, but also other species and elements, such as animals, plants, the soil and even the atmosphere. Ethical questions concern everyone. A good life in harmony with other species requires a new way of thinking. The purpose of the seminar is to widen the scope of seeing ethics as a merely human-centred question.

The seminar offers an opportunity to look at ethical questions all the way from microbes to outer space. The keynote speakers discuss the ethics of soil and land-use, the status of animals in nature tourism, waste and disposability, planning of public spaces and the use of space.

Keynote speakers:

Post-doctoral research fellow Alberto Altes Arlandis (TUDelft, the Netherlands) is an architect and researcher, who has studied architecture in Valladolid, Barcelona and Delft, and critical theory in Barcelona. He has conducted research on spatial planning in terms of responsibility and reciprocity.

Professor David Fennell (Brock University, Canada) is an expert in responsible tourism and the ethics of tourism. His research interests are in ecotourism and nature-based tourism.

Professor Gay Hawkins (Western Sydney University, Australia) has carried out research on the ethics of waste and disposability. Her most recent research has focused on exploring how plastic has gained such a strong status in our everyday life.

Associate professor Maria Puig de la Bellacasa (Leicester University, the UK) has done research on technology and land-use as an ethical question. In her current research, she explores alternative environmental movements such as permaculture.

Professor Lotta Viikari (University of Lapland) has carried out research on space law, international environmental law, and law of the sea.

The seminar is open to anyone interested and we do not charge participation fees. Coffee will be served at 9:30 am, i.e. a half an hour before the seminar begins. The language of the seminar is English.


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More information:

Anu Valtonen anu.valtonen(at); 040 525 0849
Veera Kinnunen veera.kinnunen(at); 040 4844 175
Annukka Jakkula annukka.jakkula(at); 040 4844 441
José-Carlos García-Rosell jose-carlos.garcia-rosell(at); 040 4844 190