Prof. Wylie has given us an update on his opening keynote for the Symposium.
‘The world shrinks, distances are overcome and rendered insignificant, the near and the far lose their salience as means of orientation and understanding. Yet just as this happens, new distances are felt and observed to have opened up. New distances between and amongst us, multiplying distances of indifference, incomprehension and antagonism. And felt distances between us and ‘land’ and ‘nature’ – a sense of separation, alienation and loss which it then becomes imperative – ethically, environmentally – to overcome.’