Ethnobiology is a transdisciplinary field that brings together the knowledge of diverse actors from Indigenous and local communities to natural and social sciences. While this diversity of knowledge is crucial for engaging with socio-environmental change, it also raises complex questions about conflicting epistemologies, ontologies, and values. Philosophy of science has become increasingly concerned with ethnobiological research (Byskov 2020, Kendig 2020, Ludwig and El Hani 2020, Villagómez-Reséndiz 2020, Weiskopf 2020) in addressing issues such as knowledge diversity in biology, the prospects of knowledge integration, and the entanglement of taxonomies and values. The aim of this session is to take this “new philosophy of ethnobiology” back into the ethnobiology community to discuss its potential contributions to methodological and theoretical debates of the field. In particular, the talks will focus on interdisciplinary negotiation of ethnobiological research methods, the structure of dialogues between heterogeneous actors, and the relations between naming practices and taxonomies beyond a simple dichotomy of universalism vs. relativism.
If you missed Sandra Harding's lecture, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOahALojfJQ&t=4s
8 January 2021
Loci of enunciation. The history and philosophy of ethnobiology in/from Mexico
11 February 2021
Becoming an Accidental Ontologist: Overcoming Logical Positivism's Antipathy to Metaphysics
Watch Sandra Harding's lecture on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOahALojfJQ&t=4s
19 March 2021
Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Science Technology and Innovation from the Perspective of the Epistemologies of the South
8 April 2021
Arturo Escobar, Kriti Sharma, and Michal Osterweil
Designing Relationally. Making and Restor(y)ing Life
6 May 2021
Imperial Vernacular. Phytonymy. Philology and Disciplinarity in the Indo-Pacific. 1800-1900 (starting at 4pm CET)
10 June 2021
Helen Anne Curry
Local Seeds and Global Needs: Ethnobotany,Agroecology, and the History of In Situ Conservation in Agriculture
8 July 2021
Title to be confirmed
14 October 2021
Emancipative Dialogues and the African Philosophical Practice
4 November 2021
Botanical Ontologies. Science Pluralism. and Indigenous Scholarship: an Anthropological Inquiry
9 December 2021
The Dilemmas of Openness: Sharing Knowledge Across Research Environments
All seminars are from 15.00 – 16.30 hrs (CET)
GEOS organizes the second seminar with the American philosopher Sandra Harding. The title of this seminar is 'Becoming an Accidental Ontologist: Overcoming Logical Positivism’s Antipathy to Metaphysics'.
February 11 2021, 17.00 - 18.30 (CET)
Our first public seminar will be January 7 2021 from 17:00 until 18:00. Francisco Vergara-Silva, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Biología, will talk about Loci of enunciation. The history and sociology of ethnobiology in/from Mexico.
We’re excited about our new team members in the GEOS project: Adriana Ressiore Campodonio, Abigail Nieves Delgado, Matthias Kramm, Michiel van de Pavert, Gabriela de la Rosa, and Julia Turska all just started working on their GEOS research. Welcome!
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