Click the star to add/remove an item to/from your individual schedule.
You need to be logged in to avail of this functionality.


When knowledges meet in times of uncertainty: environmental knowledge between science and everyday life 
Laura Otto (Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg)
Arno Pascht (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Send message to Convenors
Thursday 8 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

Global environmental changes are threatening everyday life and creating new uncertainties. This panel asks what knowledge people draw on to navigate these uncertainties and focuses on the interplay, friction and contestation between different knowledges such as 'scientific' and 'everyday' knowledge.

Long Abstract:

Weather extremes, ocean warming, rising sea levels, species extinction, and other environmental changes are threatening life as we know it. The uncertainty of everyday life has increased, and people all over the world are grappling with these issues and their consequences. But what knowledges do people (not) rely on to navigate the sea of uncertainties they face? Measures that are intended as local answers to global environmental challenges have in common that knowledges of different origins meet in their conceptualization and implementation. Different interests and epistemological as well as ontological differences play a role, as shown e.g. in climate change adaptation or nature conservation projects. Recourse to different forms of knowledges can lead to conflicts between actors and institutions involved in addressing uncertainty, but can also stimulate constructive processes of knowledge generation. Local processes and practices of encountering globally disseminated knowledges, which are often referred to as 'traveling ideas' or 'reception', are rarely uniform or linear. Within such contexts, 'scientific knowledge' cannot be separated from 'everyday knowledge' when it comes to navigating environmental insecurities. This panel is interested in research which asks: What happens when different forms of knowledge and ontological differences meet in the context of a changing climate? How do actors generate knowledge and practices within local processes of exchange, translation and negotiation? These complex questions challenge ethnographic research and demand deeper inquiry, and the aim is to discuss how recent post-humanist approaches - such as multispecies anthropology, ontological anthropology, and STS - can be made productive for such questions.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -