Workshop "The tree that hides the forest"
The Asie-Sorbonne Association organizes a two-days’ workshop with the aim of reflecting on the dynamics of the relationship with trees—and beyond, with nature—in East and South Asia by comparison with the West. Our starting point is the Japanese practice of immersion in a forest called Shinrin-Yoku or “forest bathing” (or sylvotherapy).
The practice which emerged in the 1980s at the same time as the benefits of “green” landscapes was developing in the United States (Wilson 1984), has been examined exclusively from a physiological and psychological point of view by Health Scientists.
We postulate that this practice is part of a paradigmatic relationship with nature that is determined not only by organic factors but also by an imaginary of the tree, memories associated with the landscape, and cultural practices. It has therefore both universal and relative foundations that we feel it is necessary to examine.
Keywords: Shinrin-Yoku ; art and nature ; anthropocene ; nature and culture
Deadline: August 30th, 2021