Gefahren der transformativen Wissenschaft?

Gefahren der transformativen Wissenschaft?

Im Gegensatz zu den meisten Aktiven in diesem Diskurs, hebt Prof. Dr. Günter Stock öffentlich die Gefahren des Konzepts einer ‚transformativen Wissenschaft‘ hervor. Sein Grußansprache zum diesjährigen Leibniztag der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akadamie hat daher gute Chancen die Diskussion – vor allem auch unter wissenschaftspolitischen Entscheidungsträger_Innen – voranzutreiben. Obwohl Stock’s Beitrag wohl hauptsächlich für den deutschsprachigen Raum relevant sein wird, finden ähnliche Diskussionen auch anderswo statt, wie zum Beispiel im Journal Society and Space.

After 400ppm

After 400ppm

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It is great to see that academics are increasingly deliberating jointly how to engage critically and innovatively with the anthropocene. Past examples of this are conferences at the University of Bristol and at Science Po in Paris (see my commentary here) as well as forthcoming events such as the Anthropocene Curriculum and the Anthropocene cabinet of curiosities. While no single one of these can grasp the extensive claims underpinning the anthropocene, cumulatively they are able to evaluate the different ‘golden spikes’ of this grand narrative and also suggest suitable counter-narratives. A

How do we do research on climate change?

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The opening meeting of the Climate Change Research Group (CCRG) was hosted by King’s College London on Wednesday 29th of January 2014. By focussing on the question, ‘How do we do research on climate change?’, the organisers sought to attract a variety of academics working within the field of climate change covering all disciplines including social, political and physical science. The explicitly reflective element of this central question, however, attracted few academics currently working in natural science. Nevertheless, the group of participants was hardly homogenous but it involved people from across

Thinking the Anthropocence

Thinking the Anthropocence

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The conference ‘Thinking the Anthropocene’ that took place in Paris on the 14th and 15th of November 2013 was ‘designed to begin the rethinking of the social sciences and humanities demanded by the arrival of the new geological epoch, the “Age of Humans”’. It was based on the idea that the rise of the Anthropocene as a concept is shifting the Enlightenment foundations of the social sciences and humanities, namely its conception of the natural world. Inherent in such a shift, so the organisers, is a rethinking of such central tenets

German Future Earth Summit

German Future Earth Summit

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Future Earth is a new 10-year international research initiative that will develop the knowledge for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. Future Earth will mobilise thousands of scientists while strengthening partnerships with policy-makers and other stakeholders to provide sustainability options and solutions.
The summit taking place on the 27th and 28th of January 2014 in Berlin made for the launch event of the German branch of this global research initiative. Its aim was to provide