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A Specter Is Haunting Germany--the French Specter of Milieu

On the Nomadicity and Nationality of Cultural Vocabularies

Wolf Feuerhahn

Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, and Isabelle Stengers fought against a state-controlled form of science and saw “nomadic science/concepts” as a way to escape from it. The transnational history of the term milieu marks a good opportunity to contribute to another theory of nomadic vocabularies. Traveling from France to Germany, the word milieu came to be identified as a French theory. Milieu was seen as an expression of determinism, of the connection between the rise of the natural sciences and the rise of socialism, and it deterred the majority of German academics. Umwelt was thus coined as an “antimilieu” expression. This article defends a “transnational historical semantic” against the Koselleckian history of concepts and its a priori distinctions between words and concepts. Instead of taking its nature for granted, a transnational historical semantic investigation should analyze the terminological and national status given to the objects of investigation by the term's users.

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Environmental Configurations

When the River Zayandeh Rud Stopped Crossing Isfahan

Sahar Faeghi and Sophie Roche

the configuration of objects, humans, creatures – all that interact as environment. Tim Ingold (2011: 80) has suggested conceptualising the environment (in German, Umwelt ) not to be external to humans but relating it to the inner world ( Innenwelt

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Elusive Fungus?

Forms of Attraction in Multispecies World Making

Michael J. Hathaway

This article explores how attraction, a companion term to elusiveness, reveals insights into multispecies worlds by showing how different organisms such as the matsutake mushroom interpret the world and interact with each other, whether or not humans are involved. Building on scholarly interest in the ‘animal turn’ (explorations of the human-animal relationship), this article moves beyond human-centered scholarship by using, but also modifying, the concept of umwelt introduced by the Baltic German biologist Jakob von Uexküll. Employing a critical social scientific reading of the biological literature that analyzes its findings, as well as challenges its animal-centric models of agency and behavior, I argue that this perspective helps us better understand ourselves as humans in a world that is much more than human.

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Nation und Emotion

Wolfgang Kaschuba

So rational und effektiv das Programm der Nation einerseits seit dem späten 18. Jahrhundert die europäische Moderne wirtschaftlich wie politisch mitbegründen hilft, so emotional wirkt es damals andererseits und zugleich als ästhetisches und kulturelles Konzept. Denn im Lichte kultureller Vorstellungen und Werthorizonte wird die Nation gleichsam anthropologisiert. Sie tritt damit als lebensweltübergreifendes Identitäts- und Loyalitätsmodell an die Stelle der Religion, die zuvor allein in der Lage war, kollektive Gefühle und Praxen inähnlich intensiver Weise zu mobilisieren. In den folgenden Überlegungen wird daher nach der Aktualität dieses historischen Zusammenhangs von Nation und Emotion im veränderten Europa nach 1989 gefragt, aber auch nach „Emanzipationsmöglichkeiten“ des Nationalen von seinem historischen Modell – als nunmehr einer von vielen Möglichkeiten, sich in sinnvolle Beziehungen zur sozialen Umwelt wie zur Geschichte zu setzen.

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Beyond Deliberative Systems

Pluralizing the Debate

Hans Asenbaum

through the notion of a civic Umwelt, the German term for environment. A civic Umwelt marks a region or place, such as the US city of Decatur, Georgia with a pronounced participatory culture, where various participatory events happen all the time. While

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Moving Beyond the Frame

Flows and Relations in Hybrid Body–Screen Lifeworlds

Carolyn Deby

relations that flow across the inner–outer lifeworld or Umwelt for each individual. These flows connect and interact, in dialogue with other adjacent Umwelten . Further, it is asserted that such lifeworlds are experienced in continual and dynamic relation

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Unsettling the Land

Indigeneity, Ontology, and Hybridity in Settler Colonialism

Paul Berne Burow, Samara Brock, and Michael R. Dove

overcoming the ontological hurdles of Eurocentric imaginings of post-humanism that these authors critique. Perspectivism Many of today’s studies of nonhuman others cite the canonical work of Jakob von Uexküll (2010 [1934]) on the concept of the umwelt

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Germany's Energiewende at a Crossroads

Jonas Heering and Thane Gustafson

(January 2020), https://www.agora-energiewende.de/fileadmin2/Projekte/2019/Jahresauswertung_2019/171_A-EW_Jahresauswertung_2019_WEB.pdf . 6 Ibid. 7 Ibid. 8 “Primärenergieverbrauch,” Umwelt Bundesamt (28 February 2020), https

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Translating the Bottom-Up Frame

Everyday Negotiations of the European Union's Rural Development Programme LEADER in Germany

Oliver Müller, Ove Sutter, and Sina Wohlgemuth

can develop their region sustainably, economically and socially. ( Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen 2016: 72 ; authors’ translation) The rhetoric of endogeneity is

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Where to Now?

Germany Rethinks its Energy Transition

Josephine Moore and Thane Gustafson

zur Umwelt 2017,” Umweltbundesamt, June 2017; available at https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/publikationen/daten-zur-umwelt-2017 , accessed 31 August 2018. 3 For a brief history of the Energiewende, see https