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The CALENDARS project will empirically explore the relationship between different institutions’ ideas of seasons and their successful adaptation through an in-depth comparative study in two local communities in Norway and New Zealand.
The overall objective of the project is:

To advance knowledge and understanding of how seasonal representations shape and are shaped by institutions, and  to critically appraise the quality of these representations for contributing to successful adaptation to seasonal change.



Notes from the field

Spring is wild garlic, but is anyone eating it?

People commonly associate foods with seasons, particularly when it comes to foraging for wild plants like mushrooms or berries. Spring is marked by the flourishing of wild garlic (Ramsløk) and other species, but do these plants still make up our diet? Or is a reliance on supermarkets cutting our...

Notes from the field

‘Bio’ diversity in the Arboretum

Today was my fifth Friday working at the Arboretum, assisting the gardeners and learning about the seasonal rhythms of their work. For me - with two pink thumbs and no living pot plants - this has been like stepping into a new green world.

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Autoethnography as a research method

In March 2020 most of the world went into lock-down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Challenging times lay ahead for everyone, including the research community.

Notes from the field
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To wear or not to wear: The seasonal culture of footwear vs. dress codes on the Coromandel

It is not uncommon to see people in bare feet on the Coromandel in mid-winter. Especially children. Certainly nobody would think that there is anything unusual or odd about it. Do kiwis not feel the cold, or do they pretend that it is not cold? Or are they just determined?

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC), ERC-STG action, under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme Grant Agreement No 804150