Workshop „Extremwetter“ 10. – 11. Juli 2015

Am 10.-11. Juli 2015 findet im Theologicum (SR08) der Universität Tübingen der Workshop Extremwetter. Schrecken und Faszination des Außerordentlichen statt. Der vom Projekt ‚Klimawandel‘ in der frühen Neuzeit – Neue literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Zugänge zu Fragen Nachhaltiger Entwicklung organisierte interdisziplinäre Workshop nimmt literarische und naturwissenschaftliche, ästhetische, philosophische und religiöse Narrative in den Blick, die sich mit dem Phänomen des Extremwetters beschäftigen und die insbesondere im aktuellen Klimadiskurs an Bedeutung gewinnen.

Den Kernbereich des Untersuchungszeitraums bildet dabei die Frühe Neuzeit, die von einem gravierenden – allerdings nicht anthropogenen – Klimawandel gekennzeichnet war. In der sogenannten ,Kleinen Eiszeit‘ (um etwa 1450–1850) fielen auf der Nordhalbkugel

Silver Bullets for the Future?

Here, you find another critical view on the ‘Ecomodernist manifesto’ recently discussed by Johannes.

„There is no space for the messiness of politics in this ecomodernist world: just neat pieces of kit, technical innovation, human ingenuity and common human interests, all underpinned by a shared love of nature. But who benefits from decisions about technology and the maintenance of contemporary patterns of wealth and wellbeing. Whose nature is preserved? Here the Manifesto is silent.“

It perfectly adds to the present discussion on transformative research and post-democracy initiated by Peter Strohschneider in his paper ‚On the Politics of Transformative Research‘.

A new ‘Ecomodernist Manifesto’ does not benefit the discourse of sustainable development in the Anthropocene

A new ‘Ecomodernist Manifesto’ does not benefit the discourse of sustainable development in the Anthropocene

[Sorry, this post is currently only availyble in English]

A new manifesto has just been published which is likely to fuel debates about the Good vs. the Bad Anthropocene. The ‚Ecomodernist manifesto‘ is supported by a variety of academics, many of which are associated with the Breakthrough Institute and have written in favour of an understanding of the Anthropocene as an opportunity for human development. With the manifesto, they seeks to change the conversation about sustainability towards a more openly eco-modernist discourse. Particularly, the authors advocate a stance that regards economic development as a precondition of environmental protection. The measures

The Junior Research Group hosted the Annual Workshop of the German Network of Early Career Scientists within Future Earth

What does it mean for Early Career Scientists to do transdisciplinary research within the context of Future Earth?

Young researchers of the German Network of Early Career Scientists in Future Earth discussed this question during its first annual meeting with regard to theoretical and methodological implications but also concerning career options and potential joint projects. The 2-day event (23./24.3.2015), funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and organised by the German Network of Early Career Scientists in Future Earth, was hosted by the Junior Research Group.

A more detailed report has been published at the Future Earth blog.

 

Meeting friends and colleagues from SVT Bergen

From 15-19 March 2015, our friends and colleagues of the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (Senter for vitenskapsteori, SVT)  in Bergen went into retreat at Tuebingen in order to discuss the centre’s institutional strategies – and to get inspired by the city of Hegel, Schelling and Hölderlin and the birthplace of the Positivismusstreit on values in social sciences in 1961.

During this retreat, members of the SVT and IZEW met to present and discuss their respective projects. It became apparent that both centers deal with similar social and ethical challenges (digitalization, data protection, climate change, sustainable development, environmental

Neuerscheinung: Sammelband „Nachhaltige Lebensstile“

Neuerscheinung des Sammelbands „Nachhaltige Lebensstile. Welchen Beitrag kann ein bewusster Fleischkonsum zu mehr Naturschutz, Klimaschutz und Gesundheit leisten?“

Die in dem eben im Metropolis Verlag erschienenen Sammelband zusammengebrachten Beiträge setzen sich mit der Frage auseinander, wie Fleischkonsum in Bezug auf einen nachhaltigen Lebensstiel zu bewerten ist. Dabei werden vor allem die Bereiche Naturschutz, Klimaschutz und Gesundheit in den Blick genommen, was sich in der Gliederung der Beiträge widerspiegelt, wobei nochmal zwischen den Auswirkungen der Fleischproduktion und des Fleischkonsums unterschieden wird sowie die Rahmenbedingungen dargelegt, die als notwendig angesehen werden, damit Änderungen umgesetzt werden können. So werden z.B. ökonomische und politische