Paul Thompson: ethical issues in agriculture: organic, locavore and genetic modification

Mansbridge Summit on freshwater

Off today to Sackville, New Brunswick (on the Bay of Fundy!) to participate in this year’s Mansbridge Summit. Chaired by CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge, who is also the chancellor of Mt. Allison University, the summit helps students develop skills for tackling complex policy issues. At the end of the exercise they produce panel briefings.

This year’s topic is freshwater, ethics and Canada’s response to water crises. The scenario the students will respond to is fictional, though I’m sure that line will be blurred as the great students at Mt. Allison students do their research. Tony Maas, Bonita Croft and I will work with the students during the day before sitting on a panel discussion tomorrow night.

Sheila Jasanoff – Science and its publics: Dependence, disenchantment and deliverance

New Book: Water, Christianity and the Rise of Capitalism

9781780760667Terje Oestigaard’s new book – Water, Christianity and the Rise of Capitalism – is now out. And some of the reviews are starting to come in. Here is one (pdf). And, of course, this will make for an interesting read alongside Christiana Peppard’s book Just Water that I mentioned here before.

Here is the publisher’s description:

“The Christian religion is deeply imbued with the imagery of water, and water plays a central role in its religious practices, not least in baptism. Yet the wider role of water in Christianity has been little explored. In this pioneering book, Terje Oestigaard uses the dramatic changes that took place in perceptions of water during the Reformation to reveal the importance that water played in structuring society and religion in the post-Reformation period. He concludes by examining, and challenging, the widely accepted view that the capitalist spirit of enterprise – so important to the later success of the Industrial Revolution – came about when magic and superstition were eliminated from religion by the Reformation.”

Melissa Leach: science-governance challenges in the Anthropocene

Terra Sapiens: the role of science on a wisely managed earth

Nikolas Rose: engineering selfhood in the 21st century

Isabelle Stengers – Cosmopolitics: learning to think with science

New Water Journal now out: WIREs Water

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Water has published its first issue. Here is the table of contents. There are some interesting articles by several well known folks in the water world.

Here are the “aims and scope” of the journal.

“The scope of WIREs Water is at the interfaces between five very different intellectual themes: the basic science of water, its physics and chemistry, flux, and things that it transfers and transforms; life in water, and the dependence of ecosystems and organisms on water to survive and to thrive; the engineering of water to furnish services and to protect society; the people who live with, experience and manage the water environment; and those interpretations that we, as a society, have brought to water through art, religion, history and which in turn shapes how we come to understand it. These interfaces are not simply designed to be ways of looking at water through what necessarily must be interdisciplinary perspectives. They are also designed to be outward facing in terms of how water can help to understand wider questions concerning our environment and human-environment interactions.”

International law and the mis-anthropocene: responding to geoengineering

Here is a recent talk by Karen Scott, that draws on this recent article (pdf) and which focuses on some of the normative challenges geoengineering poses for the anthropocene.