‘Nested enterprises’? Spatialdimensions of ecological governance
Do the twain ever meet? ‘Natural’ and ‘man-made’ systems and
the problem of scale
The nature–society interface: different scales, problems of fit,
Space is of central concern to rational ecological governance.
Environmental problems and resource management issues cross
the man-made scales of local, regional or national governments.
The question thus becomes how ‘to negotiate a better fit’ in
responding to very complex ecological challenges
Sweden is seen as a forerunner in environmental and ecological policy. This book is about policies and strategies for ecologically rational governance, and uses the Swedish case study to ask whether or not it is possible to move from a traditional environmental policy to a broad, integrated pursuit of sustainable development, as illustrated through the ‘Sustainable Sweden’ programme. It begins by looking at the spatial dimensions of ecological governance, and goes on to consider the integration and effectiveness of sustainable development policies. The book analyses the tension between democracy and sustainable development, which has a broader relevance beyond the Swedish model, to other nation states as well as the European Union as a whole. It offers the latest word in advanced implementation of sustainable development.
This chapter discusses three different examples of experimental socially engaged creative practice. In each case artists and community groups worked with biomedical professionals in processes of collaborative knowledge co-production. The chapter argues that these processes should be understood as performances of translation with linguistic and spatial dimensions. The three different examples engage with inherited breast cancer, khat and skin colour respectively. The creative projects all responded to dominant ways of articulating an issue by redefining the problem. They got to grips with complex social contexts marked by diverse experiences of globalisation and various forms of inequality. The formation of new biosocial alliances that crossed boundaries between professionals, patient groups, artists and other groups was central to all these projects. Such creative networks can rebalance knowledge inequalities in a process of commoning sense.
This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.
Reflections on the relationship between science and society from the perspective of physics
current understanding of the micro world.
There are many open questions in physics that the LHC will address: what
is the nature of time and space? What are the laws governing the forces
between elementary particles? Are there any other spatialdimensions in
addition to the three dimensions we are familiar with? Where is all the
matter in the universe coming from? And many more.
These big science projects, with large associated budgets, have emerged
only relatively recently – perhaps in the last three or four decades – probably
triggered by the development of the atomic
systemic change, might not directly translate in
The absence of attention to the political and socio-spatialdimensions
within the dominant frameworks for conceptualising sustainable-energy
transitions may stem from a neglect of issues of distributive and
procedural justice. Eames and Hunt (2013: 47) reason that ‘Given the
fundamental role that energy and energy technologies play in
Science and the politics of openness
restructuring socio-economic and socio-ecological relations it is perhaps
surprising that greater attention has not
or international levels are intrinsically ‘international’ or ‘regional’ ones,
we seek to denaturalise and explore how and why these problems are
addressed through cross-border efforts. This approach to scale speaks
to Monica Tennberg’s suggestion that we analyse the Arctic through a
‘politics of relationality’, following actors navigating Arctic politics within
and across various temporal and spatialdimensions with a focus on the
management of change (Tennberg, 2015).
A second important wager that speaks to this book’s focus on power
relations is that ‘fields
Writing home in recent Irish memoirs and autobiographies (John McGahern’s Memoir, Hugo Hamilton’s The Speckled People, Seamus Deane’s Reading in the Dark and John Walsh’s The Falling Angels)
told’, but his father says nothing. Then the boy intuitively makes the connection with his father’s lost brother: ‘Is this, I
wondered, where Eddie’s soul comes to cry for his lost fields?’ (p. 54).
‘Field of the Disappeared’ is a startling instance of Deane’s simultaneous apprehension of different cultural chronologies. What it suggests,
however, is that the hybrid realism of Reading in the Dark is founded
not just on intersecting temporal dimensions but on intersecting spatialdimensions as well. One of the most impressive aspects of the book is
its sense of place
has questioned whether sensory experience allows direct
access to reality, employing the term ‘hyperobjects’ (2013) to
describe entities of such vast temporal and spatialdimensions
that they defeat traditional ideas about what a thing actually is.12
In Entangled (2012), archaeologist Ian Hodder has questioned the
human-centred perspective in studies of material culture, discussing human ‘entanglements’ with material things and demonstrating how things have always directed us, defined us and driven our
supposed progress through history.13 Anthropologist Tim Ingold
(1930–2002). Bourdieu combines phenomenological, Weberian, and Marxian dispositions to underscore the
temporal-spatialdimensions of social practices and practical actors,
arguing that totalizing frameworks of fixed “rules” of
action take temporality out of spatial “practice.” Yet,
precisely such hermeneutic moves crucially crisscross in
Bourdieu’s work with analytical orientations that bring into play