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The New Theory of Economic “Agrowth” Contributes to the Viability of Climate Policies

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International workshop "At the intersection of disciplines: History of Science and Environmental History" with ICTA-UAB researchers

Date: 2017-06-08 / 2017-06-09

"At the intersection of disciplines: History of Science and Environmental History"

International workshop

Date: June 8-9th 2017
Venue: Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC)
Univeristat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

How to write an ‘environmental’ history of science today? To what extend environmental historians and historians of science can establish a fruitful collaboration? What kind of narratives could emerge at the intersection of both disciplines? In order to find new answers to these questions, the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC), at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), has organized a 2-day workshop on 8-9 June 2017. Environmental historians and historians of science will explore common topics such as militant history, expertise, scientific authority, popular knowledge, scientific controversies, among other issues, to raise common questions and share methodological reflections. The workshop also aims to become a starting point for further academic collaboration.  


Thursday, 8 June 2017- CEHIC, Seminar room, L3-05

10:00: Agustí Nieto-Galan (CEHIC, UAB): “Introduction: how to write an ‘environmental’ history of science”

10:30: Marco Armiero (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm): “Seeing Like a Protester: Nature, Power, and Environmental Struggles”

11:45: Coffee break

12:15: Case Studies:

Santiago Gorostiza (Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra): “Beyond ‘Socially Constructed’ Disasters: Re-politicizing the Debate on Large Dams”.

Marta Pujadas (ICTA-UAB): “La història de l’Electroquímica de Flix. Qui pagarà els seus deutes socioambientals?”

13:30: Lunch (Restaurant de Ciències)

15:30: Ximo Guillem /José Ramón Bertomeu-Sánchez (IHMC, Universitat de València): "Following Poisons through Society (1800-2000): Current trends and narratives"

16:45 Coffee break

17:15: Case Studies:

Mar Grau, (ICTA-UAB): "Prudent peasantries: multilevel adaptation to drought during the early modern period (NE Spain, 1600-1715)"

Judit Gil-Farrero (CEHIC, UAB), “La protecció de la natura a Catalunya: del Franquisme a la Transició democràtica”


Friday, 9 June 2017 - CEHIC, Seminar room, L3-05

10:00: Fernando Vidal (ICREA, CEHIC): “Endangerment, Biodiversity and Culture”

11:15: Coffee break

11:45: Stefania Barca (Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra), “The Anthropocene as meta-scientific narrative, and the alternate pasts of environmental history”

13:00 Joan Martínez-Alier (ICTA-UAB): “Concluding remarks”

General discussion

14:00: Lunch (end of the workshop) 

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