“Material flow analyses and ecological footprint accounts constitute nature as another form of value: a resource; a consumer good; a risk. What are the consequences of such tools? Is planetary control the most promising goal to pursue or do we need to think about other forms of social-natural interaction?”
Sabine Höhler, science historian
“Connecting” sounds out the correlations between environmental conditions, society, and technological development.
The three case studies of the cluster Connecting were summarized in a joint discussion.
How does the blurring of distinctions, between Earth processes and human history in the Anthropocene, affect our approach to disciplinary knowledge?
Presented by Bronislaw Szerszynski
Can and should we rely on accounting tools such as “carbon-offset”-schemes to balance the human-nature relationship in the Anthropocene?
Presented by Sabine Höhler and Ioan Negrutiu
How does the emergence a technosphere affect our relation to material, cognitive and social dimensions of knowledge?
Presented by Jürgen Renn and Manfred Laubichler