Social Science Perspectives on environmental issues in an era of (re)emerging conflicts

This workhop is organized as the final session of the annual seminar "Environmental Controversies and Anthropologies of Nature" (GSPR & CNE, EHESS, Marseille). Researchers coming from different countries and schools of thought will discuss their views on contemporary trends in environmental social science. By sharing their fieldwork experiences and research questions, the participants will discuss the pervasive statement telling that environmental issues are entering a new period, marked by a profound reshaping of issues and key actors - a sort of post-cop21 era. As an increasing tension seems to rise between the expansion of environmental standards and the emergence of multiple causes of conflict, how can social scientists redefine their concepts and tools, in order to address a multiplicity of on-going processes, involving different temporalities and scales, from international to local? One of the challenges of this meeting is to explore the possibility and the epistemic or normative difficulties, to create a common collaborative space designed for  criticizing, sharing and transforming the ways of investigating emerging or re-emerging issues through a relevant comparative and transdiciplinary framework.


9h30-12h30 - Morning session 
  • Current challenges to environmental discourse research. A SKAD perspective, Reiner Keller (Universität Augsburg)
  • Research opportunities for Europe and Australia in the South Pacific - projects past and future with PACE NET, Judy Lawry (RMIT University)
  • From nuclear renaissance to economic quagmire: the saga of the EPR reactor in Finland, France and the UK, Markku Lehtonen (GSPR / ESSEC)
14h30-17h30 - Afternoon session
  • Knowing health in a French industrial region, Barbara Allen (VirginiaTech)
  • Representations, Depoliticisation and the State-Civil Society Interface: Airport Expansion, the Davies Commission and Local Activism, Steven Griggs (De Montfort University) and David Howarth (University of Essex)
  • Grassroots experiences, systemic risks and public controversies in the Gironde estuary. Empirical challenges for a pragmatics of transformations, Francis Chateauraynaud & Josquin Debaz (GSPR - EHESS)

Informations pratiques

Josquin Debaz, Valeria Siniscalchi
  • Vendredi 10 juin 2016 - 09:30 - 17:30
  • EHESS (salle A, 2e étage)- 2, rue de la Charité 13002 Marseille