This article reflects on the traditional distinction between scientific laboratories experimenting on theories and phenomena and a political outside where non-experts make do with human values, opinions, and passions. Since today all people are engaged in emerging collective experiments on matters as varied as climate, food, landscape, health, urban design, and technical communication as consumers, militants, and citizens, they can all be considered co-researchers. Co-researching has consequences for our understanding of nature and demands a renewed attention to “multinaturalist” politics. It also questions the division of labor between experts and nonexperts. The article finishes with a call to “dis-invent” modernity so that we “moderns” can finally become ordinary humans again.
Werner Krauss and Hans von Storch
Recent surveys show that the communication about climate change between science and the public is severely disturbed. In this article we discuss this problem in focusing on both regional climate services and other, local forms of knowledge. The authors suggest that climate science and its public services have to critically revise their own practices and to acknowledge other forms of knowledge about climate as constitutive. Based on approaches from geography and anthropology, the article first discusses the short history and "normal practices" of regional climate services and how they approach the public. Outlining the potentials and constraints of this concept, the article focuses on the friction, on "its openness to change as it rubs up against society" (Hulme 2007). The focus then shifts to local knowledge systems and how they deal with the challenges of a changing climate. In addition to the "extended peer review" as a new option for climate research in a post-normal setup, the authors discuss the possibility of an "extended knowledge basis," that is, the integration of different forms of climate knowledge with a special focus on regional populations.
Austro-German Filmmaker, Bestselling Author, and Journalist Colin Ross Discovers Australia
more to this honorary title than have any of his other books and films. Australia before Ross’s visit could only find marginal interest in German science and the public. 9 A milestone was certainly Augustin Lodewyckx’s 1926 book The Germans in
Tracing a Transdisciplinary Focal Concept
Melissa M. Parks
.g., Abram 1997 ), science and the public (e.g., Groffman et al. 2010 ), and ecologies and culture (e.g., Milstein et al. 2011 ). Scholars in many disciplines have long grappled with concepts and models that might illuminate the intersections of environment