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Stewardship and long term social engagement : nuclear waste and other anthropogenic objects. 
Alexis Geisler-Roblin (Ecole Normale Supérieure)
Siegfried Evens (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
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Short Abstract:

The concept of « stewardship », is supposed to bridge the gap between present and future generations by building specific relationships between publics, institutions and anthropogenic objects such as nuclear waste. This panel aims at observing different modes of stewardship and as its criticisms.

Long Abstract:

Making decisions informed by the needs and interests of future generations can easily be considered as a cornerstone in environmental matters. In this vision can also emerge the further idea of making decisions in a way that does not reduce the capacity of publics and institutions from concerned generations to build relationships with the concerned object of the decision : these proposals of future relationships are often presented under the label of « stewardship ».

Applicable to many anthropogenic objects, including nuclear and long term waste, the concept has been used as a long term continuation of maintenance and care but also as a new intergenerational management scheme.

The first observation is that this concepts embraces several key elements of intergenerational engagement such as how to get new generations involved, how to handle the potential tension between flexibility and durability, how to preserve awareness, or how to deal with/allow for different spatial and temporal understandings of care, among other examples. However it also falls under the spotlight of several criticisms, from its consequences in terms of instrumentalisation of engagement to its management inspirations.

The studies of this panel could be following actors and institutions directly working on building new forms of long term relationships labeled or kindred to stewardship, and can also follow the proximities of these relationships with management schemes.

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