How can we understand and integrate different knowledge systems? Tonight, philosopher David Ludwig and his GEOS team show how global challenges can only be addressed by integrating different forms of knowledge.
About Knowledge Diversity and the Challenges of Knowledge Integration
How can we understand and integrate different knowledge systems? Tonight, philosopher David Ludwig shows how global challenges such as climate change, food security, but also public health, can only be addressed by integrating different forms of knowledge. Indigenous communities are often experts on environmental issues, but their knowledge doesn’t find much resonance within the academic knowledge apparatus. How then can we bring together indigenous and academic knowledge? Drawing on concrete case studies from agricultural and environmental domains, presented by members of the Global Epistemologies and Ontologies (GEOS) research project, David will shake up your epistemology! With contributions from Adriana Ressiore Campodonio, Fabio Gatti, Gabriela De La Rosa, Julia Turska and Michiel van de Pavert.
About series ‘Who Knows?’
How do you know what you know?
Who decides who knows? And how can we understand and value different claims to knowledge?
In this series we invite you to dive into these large questions.
About the speakers
David Ludwig is a philosopher and associate professor in the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group at Wageningen University. His research focuses on indigenous and local knowledge in biology and ecology, and the political and cross-cultural dimensions of responsible research and innovation frameworks. David is also the principal investigator of the Global Epistemologies and Ontologies (GEOS) project; an interdisciplinary research project that brings together philosophical and empirical research on global negotiations of knowledge and social-environmental challenges, in order to contribute to critical reflexivity in debates on the major challenges today’s world is facing. See: Global Epistemologies and Ontologies (GEOS) (geos-project.org)
Adriana Ressiore Campodonio has a background in International Relations, Arctic Studies, and critical International Development Studies. With her PhD research, she investigates how more-than-human care (in Brazil) provides possibilities for the voice of non-humans to be heard in discussions that inform environmental policy-making.
After his studies in materials engineering and nanotechnology, Fabio Gatti’s attention shifted toward the ecological and social-environmental sciences. He majored in Agrarian, Food, and Environmental Studies, and his forays as a PhD student relate to political ecology, science and technology studies, environmental humanities, post-development studies, and critical agrarian studies.
Gabriela De La Rosa is a PhD researcher at the intersection of biology and the social sciences. She takes an interest in the use of participatory methods in addressing challenges in environmental conservation. Her research aims to understand the conflicts inside traditional communities and between them and external actors.
Julia Turska holds a BSc in Cognitive Science and a MSc in Logic and takes an interest in the intersection of metaphysics, philosophy of science, anthropology, and methodology of philosophy. Her PhD project’s aim is to describe how the ontological outlook on nature grounds diverse traditions of environmental knowledge, as well as to consider how different worldviews influence pre-representational and representational levels when ontology is at stake in negotiations concerning global challenges.
Michiel van de Pavert takes an interest in creative and regenerative farming practices. Combining empirical approaches with highly philosophical ones, Michiel’s PhD research looks into the affective farmer-soil relations that are at stake in regenerative farming, as well as the practical challenges that come with everyday soil care.