"The Languo of Flows": Ecosystem Services, Cultural Value, and the Nuclear Legacy in the Irish Sea

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Title: "The Languo of Flows": Ecosystem Services, Cultural Value, and the Nuclear Legacy in the Irish Sea
Authors: Brannigan, JohnRyfield, FrancesCrowe, TasmanCabana, David
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11454
Date: 1-Nov-2019
Online since: 2020-07-30T09:28:18Z
Abstract: “Flow” is a key concept in our era of liquid modernity, across a broad range of ecological, economic, and cultural discourses. In this essay, we examine the material flows integral to naturecultures through the specific case study of Seascale on the Cumbria coast in the UK. Through an analysis of cultural representations, we show the construction of Seascale as a seaside resort in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the rapid and irrevocable sinking of its cultural value since the commissioning of the nuclear power and reprocessing plant at Sellafield in 1947. By following the “flows” of pleasure, emotion, energy, and waste through Seascale, we explore the legacies of nuclear contamination for coastal communities, within a broader regime of the commodification of nature. This essay emerges from a transdisciplinary research project to investigate the cultural influences and impacts of ecosystem change in coastal environments around the Irish Sea. A collaboration between environmental humanities and ecological sciences, the project sought a materialist intervention in the conceptualization and practice of ecosystem assessment so as to capture and map a more inclusive and multidirectional sense of the flows that are integral to ecosystems, and to move beyond the limitations of dominant models of environmental stewardship. In contrast to the ways in which flow metaphors have been employed in contemporary economic and environmental discourse, the project attempts to analyze the material flows integral to naturecultures through particular places, perspectives, and agencies.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Duke University Press
Journal: Environmental Humanities
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Start page: 280
End page: 301
Copyright (published version): 2019 the Authors
Keywords: Cultural valueSeaNuclear contaminationEcosystem servicesLiterature
DOI: 10.1215/22011919-7754456
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection
Earth Institute Research Collection
UCD Humanities Institute Research Collection

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