PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY, FISHERY, HUNTING AND LAW
15-17 June 2023
18th Conference on Legal Translation and Interpreting and Comparative Legal Linguistics
Representative of the Poznań University of Life Sciences: Prof. Dariusz Gwiazdowicz, PhD hab.
Representative of Adam Mickiewicz University from the Conference on Legal Translation and Interpreting and Comparative Legal Linguistics: Prof. Aleksandra Matulewska, PhD hab.
We all want to live safely, comfortably and prosperously, which is why we are changing the natural environment. Housing is being developed, new jobs are being created, motorways are being built, the structure of agricultural crops is changing. This dynamically changing landscape results in diversification of environmental conditions – for some animals the living conditions are now better and that is why their number is definitely increasing, while for others they are extremely negative and that is why there are fewer and fewer of them. The main task of contemporary ecologists and other groups, e.g. hunters or foresters, is to support endangered species, but also to reduce those that pose a threat to human life and health or cause excessive damage, thus hampering forest, agricultural or fisheries management
Environmental issues have troubled people for several decades. In some countries, legislation dedicated to the protection of endangered species dates back to the 15th and 16th centuries. The modern world is highly urbanised and people are moving further and further away from nature. At the same time, they are increasingly aware of the need to protect the Earth’s natural resources. However, this is not always done according to the suggestions of scientists, but of lobby groups that either pursue their own goals or simply their vision of the world. The recent case of Greta Thunberg’s popularity is one example of this. The child attracted more political and media attention than any well-informed scientist in the field. Celebrities create their image by using environmental issues as a popularity stimulator, to mention just one of the first, which was Bridgit Bardot.
Animal rights movements take many forms. In some countries, farmed animals have been released into the wild, which negatively affects the environment as invasive species begin to put pressure on local species, depriving them of habitat. The Animal Liberation Front considers such acts legal, while they are often a violation of property rights. In our highly urbanised world, we observe that city dwellers lack knowledge about the tasks of sustainable conservation and its role in the sustainable management of natural resources (often leading to stereotypes, cyberbullying); they have certain social expectations that do not take into account the laws of nature, but are based on false news or an over-idealised concept of the environment; eco-hypocrisy. Another factor influencing our perception of the environment is the ubiquitous anthropomorphisation of animals, as a result of which the wild world is stripped of its real characteristics and is humanised (there are even movements advocating the granting of civil rights to animals). In general, modern people lack inquisitiveness and are exposed to ubiquitous fake news and media infostrategies (e.g. infodemic) aiming at scandalous news (Gwiazdowicz 2017, Gwiazdowicz and Matulewska 2020).
As a result, two types of ecology have emerged in recent times: one based on science and research findings, and another influenced by the media and based on a stereotypical, idealised view of the world. As it turns out, legislators change labels to gain support from eco-hypocrites, but the problem of the conflict between human expectations and needs and the environment remains and must be resolved. In the Netherlands, the government, under pressure from environmentalists, has banned bird hunting. Although few people realise that the problem of agricultural damage caused by birds is solved in different ways, that is, geese are killed by putting them in specially designed gas chambers. The meat from the geese is no longer fit for human or animal consumption and must be eliminated. Questions can be raised about the ethical, legal and semiotic aspects of such actions. In the urbanised world there is and will be a constant struggle between people who want motorways, nice houses with fenced gardens, nice looking fruit and vegetables, a comfortable, healthy lifestyle and an environment. Vegetarianism and similar lifestyles are becoming increasingly popular because they are environmentally and especially animal friendly, although little attention is paid to the environmental impact of the production of plants rich in protein and other valuable nutrients (pollution of groundwater with pesticides, herbicides, deforestation, depriving animals of their habitat). All activities and lifestyles affect the environment, but we rarely find reliable sources of information that provide deeper insight into both the advantages and disadvantages.
Forestry, fishing, fisheries and especially hunting, however, evoke negative social emotions and mobilise opponents of these groups into activism manifested in protests, Internet violence and even acts of eco-terrorism. Activists rely on the stereotypical perception of these spheres of human activity as a form of violent entertainment, rather than on the tasks regulated by legal principles. We are witnessing something important, we are increasingly seeing in social media the anthropomorphization of nature, the personification of trees, the humanization of animals and the animalization of man.
In summary, all these issues have implications for the legislation governing the environment, forestry, fisheries and hunting. This issue opens a new sphere of semiotic analysis of communication and adopted solutions in the legal environment. This conference aims to bring environmental, forestry, fisheries and hunting issues into the context of our vision of legal solutions and their environmental consequences. The aim of this event is to provide a broader perspective on understanding the role of scientists, lobbyists and legislators in the debate on nature conservation for future generations, from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Speeches on the following topics and presenting both their advantages and disadvantages are therefore welcome:
- semiotics of environment related laws
- animal rights and legislation
- the rights of animal owners
- the environment and the law
- forestry and the law
- law and exploitation of nature
- consequences of releasing wild animals and plants into the wild and the resulting legislation on invasive species
- ecology and the law
- hunting and the law
- fisheries and the law
- social expectations regarding the environment and the law
- legal and illegal environmental protection
- cyberbullying against foresters, hunters and fishermen
- amendments of law and their possible directions
Therefore the main topic of the Conference will be SEMIOTIC PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY, FISHERY, HUNTING AND LAW
20 places at the conference will be reserved for persons submitting the papers on the main topic.
But we also invite papers on the following topics:
- LEGAL TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING
- LEGAL LANGUAGES AND LEGAL DISCOURSE
- LAWS ON LANGUAGES
- LANGUAGES FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES
Plenary speakers: Information will be available later.
Session proposals and any questions should be submitted to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration detail will be available at the website http://lingualegis.amu.edu.pl/?page_id=27&lang=en
Presentation slots should not exceed 30 minutes (20 minutes long presentation plus 10 minutes for questions). Power Point presentations are invited. Papers from the conference will be published after positive reviews.
Any questions concerning the conference should be submitted to the following address: email@example.com
The abstracts should be sent by 15th February 2023.
Abstract acceptance notification: 28th February 2023.
Submission of full papers : 30 July 2023.
CONFERENCE VENUE: The Palace in Obrzycko (http://www.palac-obrzycko.pl/galeria/). The nearest airport is Poznań Ławica. The transportation will be provided for interested persons from Poznań to Obrzycko (in the evening of 14th June) and after the Conference from Obrzycko to Poznań (in the afternoon of 17th June). The hour of departure of the coach will be given at the beginning of 2023.
Conference fee will be provided later. It will include the accommodation and meals.
LANGUAGES: English, French and German.
Dariusz Gwiazdowicz, prof. PhD hab.
Aleksandra Matulewska, prof. PhD hab.
Joanna Kic-Drgas, PhD
Paula Trzaskawka, PhD
Emilia Wojtasik-Dziekan, PhD
Professor Dariusz Gwiazdowicz, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland
Professor Onorina Botezat, Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, Bucarest, Romania
Professor Aleksandra Matulewska, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland