Working with nature – and not against it – is a global trend in coastal management. This ethnography of coastal protection by lab member Friederike Gesing follows the increasingly popular approach of „soft“ protection to the Aotearoa New Zealand coast. Friederike Gesing analyses a political controversy over hard and soft protection measures, and introduces a growing community of practice involved in projects of working with nature. Dune restoration volunteers, coastal management experts, surfer-scientists, and Maori conservationists are engaged in projects ranging from do-it-yourself erosion control, to the reconstruction of native nature, and soft engineering „in concert with natural processes“. With soft protection, Friederike argues, we can witness a new sociotechnical imaginary in the making.
The book (E-Book or softcover) can be ordered from the publisher here. It is also available as an open access version via the State and University Library Bremen.
19 December, 12:15-13:45, The Box (ZMT) (Wiener Straße 7)
„A Research Vessel as Boundary Place of Knowledge Production: The Meteor in the Eastern Atlantic, Summer 2016″ – an input by Anna-Katharina Hornidge’s (ZMT Bremen) that we would like to take as an opportunity to discuss more broadly legitimation strategies of doing STS-research in interdisciplinary/collaborative fields
„The Scientist, the Shaman and the Shaman’s Shaman: Climate Change as Ontographical Challenge“
29 November (Tuesday!),18:15-19:45, Rotunde im Cartesium
Trees and rainfall are related. Everybody knows that. But, to what extent? A climate scientist and a shaman claim that Amazonian trees are determining atmospheric dynamics on a global scale. But are they really talking about the same forest? The same rain? The same world? This talk engages with what has been presented in the vocabulary of the recent ‘ontological turn’ as being incommensurable anthropological differences. Aníbal G. Arregui assesses this discussion – and the role of its new actors – against the backdrop of climate change and environmental degradation.
Aníbal García Arregui does research and teaching in environmental anthropology, political ecology, Amazonian anthropology, ethnographic methods and theory. His regional focus lies on the lower Amazon and Brazil (ribeirinhos and quilombolas). In his current research project he works on „Translating the Climate: the Amazon as Cosmopolitical Tension“. In 2013 he published his doctoral thesis „La Selva Tecnológica: Sistemas Sociotécnicos y Antropología Simétrica en Comunidades Ribereñas del Bajo Amazonas„. He is currently working as a lecturer in “Economic Anthropology and Environmental Politics” at the University of Vienna.
Download the flyer for the event here. If you want to receive preparation text for this session, please contact Katrin Amelang (email@example.com).
INFRASTRUCTURES OF NATURECULTURE IN THE REALM OF THE INTANGIBLE AND INVISIBLE – Workshop with Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson
Mon, 31st of October 2016, 14-18h, University of Bremen, “The Box”, Wiener Str. 7
PUBLIC LECTURE “ALIEN OCEAN: LIFE AT SEA” by STEFAN HELMREICH
Tue, 1st of November 2016, 18h, Rotunde im Cartesium, University Bremen, Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5
Das Programm des NatureCultures Labs im Sommersemester 2016 ist online. Das Lab ist offen für Interessierte; um Anmeldung bei Friederike Gesing (firstname.lastname@example.org) wird gebeten.
The Program of the NatureCultures Lab for summer term 2016 is online. Please email Friederike Gesing (email@example.com) if you would like to join us!
Montag, 25.01.16.15 c.t.
Vortrag Dr. Tahan Nadim / Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin:
“There might be a wasp in my biodiversity soup: dodgy organisms after numbers”
Ort: Besprechungsraum des artec – Zentrum für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, SFG Gebäude 2. Stock, Enrique-Schmidt-Strasse 7
You can now watch all NaturenKulturen videos and audio podcasts! Have a look at the Multimedia section where you can find recordings of the talks from Wintersemester 2014/15 and Summersemester 2015. More information on the lecture series, speakers and talks here.