Imagining Natural Scotland Project for the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, presented at the INS Conference at the University of St Andrews on 27th August 2013.
Project leader: Esther Woolfson
Project Description: Through artistic and scientific observation and collaboration, we aim to trace and to illuminate changing concepts of the role of ‘predator’ through the land and mindscape of Scotland.
Our project is to examine the significance and role of the predator in every aspect of Scottish life and culture, to re-evaluate the concept of ‘predator’ as it is, and has been applied in both human and non-human worlds and to relate these ideas to their effects, from current pressing conflicts in conservation to the powerful historic influences of cultural ideas on the fate of many species. We aim to ascertain how far representations of predators mirror scientific knowledge and understanding of their role in the natural world, while evaluating the language of ‘predation’ from its origins to assess how far such language has removed us from a true understanding of the ecological role and importance of these often maligned species.