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The Inaugural Reynolds Lecture

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07/07/2022 | 17:30 - 18:45
Queen's Lecture Theatre, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Is a river alive? Animism, conservation and the rights of nature - with Professor Robert Macfarlane - British writer and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Is a river alive? Can a forest think? Does a mountain remember? Over the last fifteen years, an idea has gathered momentum in jurisdictions worldwide: that glaciers, rivers, cloudforests and mountains and other ‘earth entities’ might be recognised in law as rights-bearing beings, with legal standing.

This inaugural Reynolds Lecture will be delivered by Professor Robert Macfarlane – British writer and Fellow of Emmanuel College – and will explore “Is a river alive? Animism, conservation and the rights of nature”.

He will discuss how might rivers, mountains and other ‘earth entities’ be recognised in law as rights-bearing beings, with legal standing. 

The Lecture will be followed by drinks and networking

Lord Richard Wilson has established a new annual lecture series in honour of Dame Fiona Reynolds, his successor as Master of Emmanuel College.


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