Outdoor technologies: ancient and modern

Loynes, Christopher (2018) Outdoor technologies: ancient and modern. In: EOE 2018 Conference: The Mediation of Experiences by Technology in the Outdoors, 19-23 September 2018, Bohinj, Slovenia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The human story is intimately linked to our technologies throughout history. The quantity, diversity and capabilities of these devices has accelerated beyond imagination in modern times and continues to do so. Outdoor technologies are no exception. This is problematic as the energy and resources they require are not sustainable. In addition, we are harming the other than humans with who we share this world. In the developed world, outdoor life is largely recreational life. I will argue that, whilst some of the values underlying these lifestyles reproduce mainstream values, others work as a counter‐culture. Some of these practices have been adopted as outdoor education. To what degree do educators adopt the normative meanings and potentials of the outdoors and to what degree do they take up the counter‐cultural potentials? What part might this play more widely in our cultural evolution?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Departments: Outdoor Studies
Depositing User: Christopher Loynes
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2019 11:42
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 11:42
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4835

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