Niklas Hartmann

PhD student

I deploy the theoretical resources of science and technology studies (STS) to think through issues that are usually addressed by political ecologists, ecological theorists and the conservation community. Particularly, I am interested in the making of contemporary professional and academic environmental knowledge: How is it shaped by broader current cultural and institutional trends as well as particular socio-technical projects with "historically identifiable creators" (Harding)? How does it figure in (and configure) human-environment relations? What kinds of policies, modes of politics, modes of doing research and researcher subjectivities does it presume or can it possibly inform? And what might be alternatives - alternatives that have neither been historically lost nor would require a major rupture, but which might be developed from current practice while readically departing from it.