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      November 12, 2019

      Tuesday   1:00 PM

      Universitatsvagen 10F
      Stockholm, Stockholms län

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      Interdisciplinary Q&A

      We’re introducing a new format: Interdisciplinary Q&A. A colleague from one department poses a question. Colleagues from three other departments provide an answer. We conclude with a plenary discussion and fika. During this first edition, Maria-Therese Gustafsson (Political Science) asks: How can those working in the human sciences understand and explain the complexity of human societies and at the same time present a narrative that could underpin political action for achieving socio-ecological transition in the Anthropocene? Anna Roosval (Department of Media Studies), Maria Tengö (Stockholm Resilience Centre), and Sara Holmgren (Department of Environmental Communication, SLU) will answer the question. Maria-Therese’s full question: In the context of escalating global environmental change, the quest for integrated and solution-oriented environmental research has increased. However, critical scholars (e.g. Lövbrand et al., 2015) have emphasized that rather than responding to the call for effective solutions, social scientists have an important role to play in stimulating reflexive approaches and in exposing the multiple interpretations of the Anthropocene. By embracing such complexity, social scientists could provide situated forms of knowledge about how environmental change is experienced and embedded in power dynamics in specific places. Relatedly, there has been a call for ensuring the representation of marginalized groups, such as indigenous peoples, and to create a framework for integrating different forms of knowledge in environmental governance (e.g. Tengö et al. 2017). In practice, the co-production of knowledge, in particular with regards to politically contentious issues, has often proven to be difficult to achieve. An important question in this context is: How can social scientists understand and explain the complexity of human societies and at the same time present a narrative that could underpin political action for achieving socio-ecological transition in the Anthropocene?

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