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BA (Hons) Graphic Design Senior Lecturer A. Stevens standing next to a pair of yellow Wellington boots.

Open Lecture: British weather through the lens of ecolinguistics

Wednesday 5 June 2024, 18.00–19.30


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Location: South House Lecture Theatre (SH001), AUB Campus

Admission: Free to attend

This lecture is part of the AUB Open lecture series, a series of events sharing specialist knowledge on topics of design thinking and creative practice. The lectures support the university's commitment to its civic agenda.

In this talk, Alice Stevens will explore her recent project, Welly Walks, that forms part of her PhD research that aims to challenge the dominant narratives around British weather that categorises sunny weather as "good” and rainy weather as "bad”.

About this event

This AUB Open Lecture will be delivered by Alice Stevens, Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Graphic Design at AUB and current PhD student at the Sustainable Earth Institute at University of Plymouth.

Alice's PhD research aims to challenge the dominant narratives around British weather that categorises sunny weather as "good" and rainy weather as "bad". By redefining her creative practice through the lens of ecolinguistics, she aims to nurture more effective relationships with the British weather and the more-than-human world.

In this Open Lecture, Alice shares her recent project, Welly Walks, which was showcased at the 2023 Inside Out Dorset festival in Bere Regis.

The project combined wearable technology with an embodied poetry experience that invited users to interact with weather and nature in multi-sensory ways. Welly Walks aims to shift cultural norms and linguistic frameworks around British weather to open up new possibilities for imagining alternative climate futures. By reimagining the relationship between language, culture, and weather, we can cultivate a more nuanced understanding of our environment.

The integration of creative practice, through the Welly Walks project, offers another entry point into exploring ecolinguistics. This approach not only provides a joyful and embodied experience, but also serves as a catalyst for deeper engagement with the British weather. Through the intersection of creative practice, language, sensory engagement and technology, Welly Walks offers a novel way towards fostering more-than-human relationships.

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