What Trees Taught Me About COVID-19: On Relational Accounting and Other Magic

Forthcoming in the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal (AAAJ)

9 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2020

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Diane-Laure Arjaliès

Ivey Business School at Western University

Date Written: July 15, 2020

Abstract

While the world was on lock down, human beings started craving for green spaces. As they walked amidst the trees, trees began to talk to them. The surprising truth then emerged: There were actually secrets to be shared by the forest. This essay reflects on the teachings offered by nature(s) during the pandemic. Based on a personal encounter with a river, it caresses the relationships that have connected humans to non-humans over time and that have led to make this confinement both a unique and universal experience. It suggests embracing relational accounting, the expression of our relationships with each other and our ecosystems, as a way to collectively celebrate life and mourn death, thus honoring the generations that came before us and welcoming those who will we come after us. In doing so, the essay hopes to contribute to the field of accounting by offering an instantiation of what a poetic and Indigenous account of our world could look like.

Keywords: COVID-19; Indigenous Worldviews; Nature(s); Poetry; Relational Accounting

JEL Classification: M41, Z13, Y93

Suggested Citation

Arjaliès, Diane-Laure, What Trees Taught Me About COVID-19: On Relational Accounting and Other Magic (July 15, 2020). Forthcoming in the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal (AAAJ), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3652440

Diane-Laure Arjaliès (Contact Author)

Ivey Business School at Western University ( email )

London, Ontario
Canada

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