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Nature and Capital Part 2

Date: 11 June 2010 Time: 2.00-5.00 pm

Venue: IAS Meeting Room 1

Nature and Capital Seminar series Part 2

This seminar series is a series of three events on the topic of 'Nature and Capital'. The theme brings together those interested in ways in which the natural (biodiversity, biology, the body) is entangled in questions of capital and value. Invited speakers will open each event followed by shorter presentations and a round table discussion. Our invited speaker for the second event is Kristin Asdal, TIK, Oslo University, Norway. Kristin studied history in Oslo and science studies in Paris (with Bruno Latour) and Lancaster (with John Law). She is Professor at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK) at the University of Oslo, as well as a Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford. She was an academic visitor atOxford during Michaelmas Term 2007. Please see Kristin's web page for more details about her research:

The title of Kristin's talk will be: Nature and Capital: Accounting for Nature

This will be followed by short presentations and a round table discussion on 'Nature and Capital' and about how we might find ways of studying their interactions.



Nature and Capital: Accounting for Nature


How should we account for nature? How is nature taken into account within politics and administration? Very generally speaking, this is the topic of my paper.

The point of departure of my talk is the huge efforts to establish the critical limits of nature: How much can nature stand? The project was a strategy for confronting and overruling the economy. However, as I will demonstrate, the efforts to take nature into account were, in effect, the result of a particular form of economic reasoning. And, ironically, the critical limits approach became a tool for economists and an argument for cost-efficiency. Hence, the paper seeks to demonstrate the ways in which nature and capital are inextricably intertwined. And IŽll seek to show, how this particular form of economic reasoning took part in reforming not only the pollution issue, but also forming the climate issue as this emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Theoretically, my paper is established within the field of STS and, as I sometimes describe it, part of the move to turn laboratory studies 'outwards': by employing tools that were used to study knowledge practices within the laboratory to study politics and administration, ecology and the market. However, what I want to argue, is that we should take care to not only study single disciplines and the performativity of single theories - or simply science in its exchange with politics. Rather what we need to study is the exchanges, meeting points and confrontations between knowledge practices within politics and administration. This, I suggest, might make us better equipped to approach pressing issues like the ones of this seminar: Nature and Capital. And it might also, argue, provide somewhat different answers to the problem of the problem of "nature" as this has been formulated within STS.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Claire Waterton

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Science Studies, Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Sociology

Keywords: Capitalism, Environment, Nature, Science and technology studies, Sociology


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