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

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‘.

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

New Paper on „Certification Standards for Aquaculture Products: Bringing Together the Values of Producers and Consumers in Globalised Organic Food Markets“

Together with Dr. Stefan Bergleiter (Naturland e.V.), I published a paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. It is online first and will be part of a special issue that brings together selected contributions to the 2012 EurSafe General Conference and that will be published this spring.

This paper deals with the role of certifiers in bringing together the values of consumers and producers in aquaculture. Here you find the abstract:

„From a certifier’s perspective (Naturland e.V.), this paper deals with the question of how to bring together the values of producers and consumers in globalized food markets. It is