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23.01.2013 - 25.01.2013 | Environment | Politics | Geosciences | Meetings, Conferences
Climate and beyond: Knowledge Production about Planet Earth and the Global Environment as Indicators of Social Change
The Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research of the University of Bern, the Institute of History of the University of Bern and the History Department of the University of Zurich are organising a conference to bring together historians of the earth sciences and environmental historians. It aims to explore the social, cultural and political changes induced by earth scientists and the knowledge and institutions they have created over the last two centuries.
The conference will look at the issue of social change through the lens of earth matters. What do we learn about societies, their norms and collective mentalities by analysing how people dealt with planet earth, its history, climate, surface patterns, or the mechanisms underlying its dynamic structure? Topics of the precirculated papers include, for instance, the debate on desertification in the 19th century, the idea of deep time for social thinking about the future or the history of Arctic research. Each paper presentation will be followed by 20 minutes of comment and discussion.
- Prof. Naomi Oreskes (University of California, San Diego)
- Ass. Prof. Deborah Coen (Barnard College, New York)
- Keynote speaker: Prof. Dr. em. Joachim Radkau (University of Bielefeld)
Oeschger Centre (Univ. Bern), Institute of History (Univ. Bern), History Department (Univ. Bern)
University of Bern
Cost: CHF 80 (+CHF 60 Conference dinner), Students pay half
Phone: +41 (0) 31 631 85 58
Fax: +41 (0) 31 631 44 10
Deadline for registration is 30 November 2012.