Experiencing Nature and Society
To what extent can the concept of field and field research, once applied from the natural sciences to social research, be made empirically and theoretically productive as a linking analytical tool between the natural and social sciences? How can the nature/culture dichotomy be overcome in the face of the climate and biodiversity crisis?
The DFG-funded project "Experiencing Nature and Society. A Multi-sited Inquiry into Marine and Ethnographic Field Sciences" will investigate these questions during the next three years.
To find answers to the research questions, the understanding and practice of field research at various social science and marine biology research institutions in France, northern Germany and on expeditions overseas will be examined and collaborative research concepts will be developed together with natural scientists. Through a systematic combination of empirical study phases and social and socio-theoretical explorations, the project aims to provide both a conceptual contribution to the social sciences and a concrete proposal for overcoming the nature/culture dichotomy in the face of climate change and species extinction in the knowledge society. The last project phase will foster the creation of a "third knowledge space" to encourage interdisciplinary, collaborate learning and the development of an interdisciplinary framework of field research.
Project partners include the Paris Museum of Natural History (MNHN), EHESS Paris, the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) and the Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change (formerly CENAK) at Universität Hamburg.
The project will start in April 2022.