Interdisciplinary environmental research: Reconciling disparate geographic and temporal scales of data Part I. Reading seminar

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Stones Throw 3 - Mica, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Rebecca Lave, John Baeten, Lisa Kelley
Chairs: John Baeten


One clear implication of the Anthropocene paradigm is that if the world around us is co-constituted by physical and social processes, the way we study it must be similarly eco-social. It is no longer possible (if it ever was) to understand the environment through traditional physical or human geography approaches. To satisfactorily explain what is happening at our field sites, we need to take an interdisciplinary approach -- which often requires reconciling data sources at disparate geographical and/or chronological scales. Integrating these sources in practice can be complicated, not least given disciplinary distinctions in how scale is both conceptualized and operationalized.

These sessions will begin with a reading seminar focused on texts circulated in advance, followed by a panel on methodological approaches used to engage with and work through these complexities. The discussion will focus, for example, on efforts to balance global or national policy discourses with localized policy impacts; how historical datasets might be used to inform contemporary environmental monitoring; and what to do do when different scales of data contradict each other.

The readings we will be discussing are:
1. Our beloved kin website:
2. Biermann, C., and H. Grissino-Mayer. 2018. "Shifting climate sensitivities, shifting paradigms: Tree-ring science in a dynamic world." In Handbook of Critical Physical Geography, edited by R. Lave, C. Biermann and S. N. Lane, 201-225. London: Palgrave.
3.Parrinello, G. 2018. "Systems of power: A spatial envirotechnical approach to water power and industrialization in the Po Valley of Italy, ca. 1880-1970." Technology and Culture no. 59 (3):652-688.
Readings available upon request:


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Lisa Kelley University of Hawaii - Manoa 10
Panelist Rebecca Lave Indiana University 10
Discussant John Baeten Indiana University 10
Discussant Heidi Hausermann Colorado State University 10
Discussant Robert Wilson Syracuse University 10
Discussant Rinku Roy Chowdhury Clark University 10

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