About Geos

Global Epistemologies and Ontologies (GEOS) is a research project of the Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation (KTI) Group of Wageningen University. Our work brings together philosophical and empirical research on global negotiations of knowledge and social-environmental challenges. We aim to understand heterogeneous knowledge about socio-environmental systems by equally heterogeneous actors from Indigenous farmers to laboratory scientists.

Bringing together approaches from ethnobiology and political ecology to philosophy of science and social epistemology, we aim to contribute to critical reflexivity in debates about global challenges such as biodiversity, food production, and public health. Furthermore, we aim to reimagine philosophy as action research that contributes to interventions into social-environmental processes through dialogue with both empirical science and local communities about epistemological and ontological questions.


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June 10  2021, 17.00 - 18.30 (CET)

GEOS organizes the fourth seminar with Helen Anne Curry. The title of this seminar is Local Seeds and Global Needs: Ethnobotany, Agroecology, and the History of In Situ Conservation in Agriculture.

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  • Also, our next seminar is coming up: Geoff Bil - "Imperial Vernacular. Phytonymy. Philology and Disciplinarity in the Indo-Pacific. 1800-1900" (6 May, 4pm CET). To register, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The recording of our seminar with Arturo Escobar, Michal Osterweil & Kriti Sharma is now on youtube: "Designing Relationally-Making and Restor(y)ing Life" youtube.com/watch?v=iYQldw…
  • Global Epistemologies and Ontologies (GEOS)
    On Thursday at 17:00 (CET), we have GEOS webinar by Arturo Escobar, Michal Osterweil, Kriti Sharma on their upcoming book Designing Relationally: Making and Restor(y)ing Life. You can still register to participate!🏃‍♀️
  • Global Epistemologies and Ontologies (GEOS)
    There is still time to register for the next GEOS lecture by Boaventura de Sousa Santos on “Science Technology and Innovation from the Perspective of the Epistemologies of the South” this Friday!
  • If you missed Sandra Harding's talk, you can now find it here. And yes: GEOS now has a YouTube channel! youtube.com/watch?v=ZOahAL…


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