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Humboldt Labor: 25 meters of dialogue

With an opening ceremony, the Humboldt Forum opened its doors to the public on July 20, 2021. One of six inaugural exhibitions is the show of the Humboldt Labor “After Nature”, to which also a number of THESys researchers have contributed. The exhibition “After Nature” addresses the interactions between climate change and biodiversity loss, as…

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New Discussion Paper: How activist should scientists be?

Illustration by Krystin Unversagt At the THESys Summer School ‘Transformative Human-Environment Research & Participatory Methods’ in September 2019, doctoral researchers, faculty, as well as a handful of members of the public gathered in a final ‘fishbowl’ discussion to discuss the preceding week’s lectures, discussions, and practicums on the democratization of knowledge production. This Discussion Paper…

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THESys Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Decolonizing Academia

On Friday, June 11th the event took place online and explored how coloniality influences knowledge production within academia and what alternatives exist to end the reproduction dynamics of injustice within our own research practices. Two key experts; Dr. Noa K. Ha and Dr Antony Pattathu, highlighted examples from their work to open the dialogue on…

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THESys Event: Women in Transformation (Research)

The event saw the THESys community come together and open an explorative dialogue on the past, current and future role of women in transformation research. THESys Members Bettina König, Ina Säumel & Gretchen Bakke discussed   themes ranging from career trajectory, to the role of family to the challenges and opportunities for women within the emerging…

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IRI THESys Visits Humboldt Labor

On April 22nd, a small group from IRI THESys was able to preview the inaugural exhibition of the Humboldt Labor within the newly renovated Humboldt Forum titled ‘Nach der Natur’ (After Nature). Adhering to all current COVID-19 regulations, THESys researchers and colleagues had the chance to see their own work featured in the exhibition which addresses climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as global challenges to democracy.

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New AnthropoScenes project featured in the Adlershof Journal

On July 1, 2021 the new transdisciplinary science communication project ‘AnthropoScenes’ will launch. Funded by the Berlin University Alliance, the so-called ‘Experimental Laboratory’ uses theatrical formats to engage diverse publics on the topic of water in Berlin-Brandenburg. The project is coordinated by the Theater of the Anthropocene and the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) and sees water researchers from the region, including geographers from Adlershof, providing content and developing stage performances together with artists from the Theater of the Anthropocene. Critically, AnthropoScenes will be an open process, whereby scientific content will be created together with different audiences to feed into the performances and research. The project team aims to compile its findings and incorporate them into a game show format that will be presented to an international audience at the Humboldt Laboratory in 2024.

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Digital Lecture with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

On January 11th, 2021, the Centre Marc Bloch organised an online event with the environmental scientist Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker titled ‘Leider ist das Anthropozän nicht nachhaltig – Können wir das ändern?’ (Unfortunately, the Anthropocene is not sustainable – Can we change it?). Opening commentary was given by THESys Director Jörg Niewöhner and by Dr.…

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European Research Council Consolidator Grants for THESys Members

The renowned Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) are awarded to top researchers who are pursuing ground-breaking projects in basic research.  THESys Members Tobias Kuemmerle and Ignacio Farías are both receiving grants for projects which explore paradigm shifts in conservation science and urban anthropology. Tobias Kuemmerle received the Consolidator Grant for the project…

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IRI THESys Amongst the ‘Highly Cited Scientists 2020’

The Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate is a collection of scientists whose publications rank in the top 1% by citations for the field and year in the Web of Science. The list comprises of researchers from 21 broad fields from universities and institutions across the world. This year, eight of the Highly Cited Researchers™…

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