Full of Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing? A Reflection on 13RW

In 2017, the Netflix production 13 Reasons Why greatly preoccupied people. It deals with the suicide of the high school student Hannah Baker. On the one hand, the series was seen as a public health issue that would endanger the lives of adolescents by offering them the wrong way out of their crises. On the other hand, suicide stories have always been conceptual lenses through which people at all times have aimed to understand the world they lived in and reflected how it should be.

Against this background, my essay Th1rteen R3asons Why: About Giving and Reflecting Reasons looks at the series as

Movie on the Studium Oecologicum

In collaboration with netzwerk n, a movie (in German) on the Studium Oecologicum was produced and recently released.

The Studium Oecologicum is a inter-disciplinary study programme that allows all students at the University of Tuebingen to acquire competencies for a sustainable development. In the 2009, the programme was initiated and implemented by the student initiative Greening the University e.V, Tübingen. Since then, it has repeatedly been rewarded as a best-practice example for student engagement as well as education for sustainable development. Today, it is an established and popular element of the university’s course programme on extra-curricula key competencies.

Enjoy the movie.

Two Papers Accepted for EurSafe 2018

Two of Simon’s papers are accepted for the 14th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics that is going to take place in at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (Austria): one on recirculation aquaculture systems and another one on post-normal water ethics.

Michèle Stark (Seafood Advisory GmbH) and Simon reflected whether recirculation aquaculture systems are sustainable innovations in organic food production. EU regulations explicitly preclude recirculation aquaculture systems (RAS) for aquaculture grow-out from organic certification because they are not close enough to nature (Regulation (EEC) No. 710/2009). Meanwhile, according to another EU regulation, one criterion for organic food production is

Coproduction in climate change research: reviewing different perspectives

How does the academic literature on climate change use the term ‚co-production‘? Scott Bremer (SVT, University Bergen) and Simon Meisch explore this question in a joint paper that appeared in WIREs Climate Change.

Notions of ‚co‐production‘ are growing in popularity in social science and humanities research on climate change, although there is some ambiguity about the meanings of the term and how it is being used. It is time to critically and reflexively take stock of this expanding area of scholarship. A comprehensive review of over 130 scientific publications first mapped the scholars using co‐production, relative to characteristics like their discipline,

New Publication on Education to the Love of Peace

Simon Meisch, Uli Jäger and Thomas Nielebock published an edited volume on the love of peace.

The constitution of the state of Baden-Württemberg mentions ‘love of peace’ as an educational goal. What are the opportunities and limits of this ambitious goal? This volume looks at the normative foundations of ‘love of peace’ from a philosophical, political science and legal perspective. History-oriented contributions show the extent to which it is a civilizational achievement to regard ‘love of peace’ (and not ‘love of war’) as an educational goal. Its implementation within the current education system and its related challenges are the subject

New Publication on Extreme Weather Events in Early Modern Literature

Simon Meisch and Stefan Hofer published a edited volume that addresses the role of the humanities in climate change research.

The humanities and cultural studies are repeatedly invited to participate in research on global climate change. However, this interdisciplinary task rests on epistemological preconditions that need to be made transparent. Against this background, this edited volume asks what might constitute a genuine contribution to research on global climate change by the humanities and cultural studies. The volume approaches this question by dealing with early modern literature that examines extreme weather events during the Little Ice Age. In the same way as humans

Logics of the Anthropocene – Why debates about the ratification of geological epochs are more than disciplinary endeavours

Logics of the Anthropocene – Why debates about the ratification of geological epochs are more than disciplinary endeavours

In the year 2000, Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen and biologists Eugene Stoermer popularized the term Anthropocene in order to highlight that the human influence on the Earth system is unsustainable.[i] The term indeed carries the epochal message that humans have assumed the ability to change their environment beyond the temporal and spatial scales previously considered possible.  While the insight that climate change or the loss of biodiversity are issues of global significance is not new, the Anthropocene affords a change in perspective regarding these issues. For, viewing them through the prism of the Anthropocene highlights that humans do not merely

2016 EWIS Konferenz – International Politics in the Anthropocene

2016 EWIS Konferenz – International Politics in the Anthropocene

Letzte Woche fand in Tübingen der dritte „European Workshop in International Studies“ statt, bei dem in fast zwanzig Workshops heutige Themen der internationalen Beziehungen aus praktischer und theoretischer Perspektive diskutiert wurden. Während das Themenspektrum die Breite der internationalen Politik widerspiegelte, zog ein Workshop ganz besonders das Interesse unserer Forschungsgruppe auf sich. Unter der Überschrift „International Politics in the Anthropocene“ kamen siebzehn Forscher_Innen aus Europa und Nordamerika zusammen um die verschiedenen Diskurse zum Anthropozän zu reflektieren und ihre Anwendbarkeit in den Internationalen Beziehungen zu prüfen. Obwohl die Frage nach einer neuen, in der Idee des Anthropozän begründeten Geopolitik im Vordergrund stand,

Recently published: Bossert (2015) – Wildtierethik

Die Nachwuchforschungsgruppe freut sich mitzuteilen, dass eine neue Publikation erschienen ist. Es handelt sich um den zweiten Band unserer Buchreihe Ethik in der Nachhaltigkeitsforschung | Ethics of Sustainability Research:

Leonie Bossert: Wildtierethik (2015) (link)

aus dem Klappentext:
Die zeitgenössische Tierethik ist vor allem als eine Reaktion auf den Umgang mit sogenannten Nutztieren entstanden. Darüber wurden die folgenden Fragen vernachlässigt: Was hat die moralische Berücksichtigungswürdigkeit von nichtmenschlichen Tieren für den Umgang mit wildlebenden Tieren zu bedeuten? Soll dieser zwangsläufig der gleiche sein wie mit domestizierten Tieren? Könnten Ungleichbehandlungen gerechtfertigt sein oder stellen sie einen Willkürakt dar? Diese Fragen sind im tierethischen Diskurs der