wilderness

Aliases: 
wild, wildlife

Wilderness Babel (Version 1 PDF)

Wilderness Babel (Version 1 PDF)

What does Wilderness Mean in Your Language? Listen to words for “wilderness” and learn about their political and historical meanings in different regional contexts.

Aims, Methods, and Mapping

Aims, Methods, and Mapping

This exhibition collects wilderness-equivalent terms and describes them in a few short paragraphs, discussing how they may be similar to or different from the wilderness that native English speakers know and admire. The subtleties of meanings encompassed by the above terms, say, between human presence or absence, or between love and fear for the wild regions, is what we hope to explore. The exhibition is coordinated and edited by environmental historian Marcus Hall.

Wilderness Babel: Copyright Information

Wilderness Babel: Copyright Information

This exhibition collects wilderness-equivalent terms and describes them in a few short paragraphs, discussing how they may be similar to or different from the wilderness that native English speakers know and admire. The subtleties of meanings encompassed by the above terms, say, between human presence or absence, or between love and fear for the wild regions, is what we hope to explore. The exhibition is coordinated and edited by environmental historian Marcus Hall.

Titoqanót Wétes—Nez Percé

Titoqanót Wétes—Nez Percé

This chapter of the “Wilderness Babel” exhibition, written by historian Teresa Sabol Spezio, investigates the Nez Percé language.

Wilderness as an Adjective—Latin American Spanish

Wilderness as an Adjective—Latin American Spanish

This chapter of the “Wilderness Babel” exhibition, written by geographer María José Barragán-Paladines, highlights the immense spectrum of variations of wilderness within the Spanish-speaking world that make the term a rich and complex source for semantics.

Vildmark and Ödemark—Swedish

Vildmark and Ödemark—Swedish

This chapter of the “Wilderness Babel” exhibition, written by historian Lars Elenius, looks at Swedish notions of wilderness and its uses over history.

Defining Wilderness—Japanese

Defining Wilderness—Japanese

This chapter of the “Wilderness Babel” exhibition, written by MSc student Natasha Yamamoto, looks at how wilderness may be expressed and understood in Japanese.

A Language Without Wilderness—Italian

A Language Without Wilderness—Italian

This part of the “Wilderness Babel” exhibition, written by historian Luigi Piccioni, comes to the assumption that all the various possible Italian translations of “Wilderness Babel” are unable to transmit this synthesis of natural phenomena and human visions.

Víðerni and Öræfi—Icelandic

Víðerni and Öræfi—Icelandic

The chapter of the “Wilderness Babel” exhibition, written by historian Unnur Karlsdóttir, analyzes the Icelandic notion of wilderness which refers to the natural landscape as a space, as a visual experience, sublime and aesthetic.