Content Index

This film presents the interdisciplinary and international project BASYS (Baltic Sea System Studies), financed by the European Union in the years 1996 to 1999, which investigated many aspects and influences of mankind activities on the ecosystem Baltic Sea as well as the natural influences such as climate and weather. A large database accessible to all scientists was collected during the project and should help in the future to distinguish between the natural and human effects upon the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.

Katharine Suding, plant ecologist and professor at the University of Michigan, outlines the scaling of ecosystem restoration and how scaling is affecting the very notion of restoration in this presentation at the Latsis Symposium 2018.

The authors explore the implementation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Indigenous knowledge (IK) in mapping efforts, taking cues from previous spatio-temporal visualization work in the Geographic(al) Information System(s)/Science(s) GIS community, and from temporal depictions extant in existing cultural traditions.

In Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene, Joanna Zylinska outlies an ethical framework that could help humans assume responsibility for various occurrences in the universe across different scales. Her goal is not so much to tell us how to live but rather to allow us to rethink “life” and what we can do with it, in whatever time we have left. The book embraces a speculative mode of thinking that is more akin to the artist’s method; it also includes a photographic project by the author.

The project Everyday Futures explores the role museums can play in helping to make sense of Australia’s experiences during a time of rapid planetary change and global disruption.

This article addresses philosophies of becoming by reconsidering Thomas Nagel’s negative view on heterogeneity in his 1974 essay as a form of self-understanding in the context of a shared and heterogeneous world.

Short profiles of university and course syllabi, and collaborative syllabi projects on Environment and Society.

This presentation by Guy Brasseur for the 2016 CCES Competence Center Environment and Sustainability conference “Grand Challenges in Environmental and Sustainability Science and Technology” highlights the existing and upcoming challenges for climate science and climate services.

Gathering Ecologies explores the ethical and political shift towards an ecological conception of the idea of interactivity. It examines the creative potential of differential relations through key concepts from the philosophies of A. N. Whitehead, Gilbert Simondon, and Michel Serres.

In Stolen Future, Broken Present, David A. Collings investigates the relationship between our present impact on the Earth and our perception of the future. He argues that an understanding of our infinite responsibility for ecological disaster could avoid the strange incoherence felt by many in everyday life.