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Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski

Dr Bronislaw Szerszynski

Senior Lecturer, Head of Department

Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YT


Tel: +44 (0) 1524 594178
Location: Bowland North

Affiliations

Centre for the Study of Environmental Change

Research Interests

Since the early 1990s my research has been concerned with developing new understandings of the changing relations with environment and technology, situated particularly within social theory and sociological research, but also drawing on philosophy, theology and other humanities disciplines. Substantively, my research projects have been exploring topics such as climate change, environmental movements, landscape perception, global citizenship and cosmopolitanism, the changing social role of religion and spirituality, the regulation of GM food and crops, and public participation.

A key reference point for my work has been European social theory in relation to the environment. In May 1992 I co-organised the international conference The Risk Society, with participants including Ulrich Beck, Klaus Eder and Anthony Giddens, which led to the collection Risk, Environment and Modernity (Sage, 1996), edited with Scott Lash and Brian Wynne, which has become an influential text in the 'greening' of social theory.

I have also pursued interdisciplinary research activities in the environment with scholars in arts and humanities disciplines, co-organising both the colloquium The Re-Ordering of Nature: Theology and the New Genetics (March 2000), and the major international conference and arts event Between Nature: Explorations in Ecology and Performance, (July 2000), which resulted in two edited collections, Re-Ordering Nature (T&T Clark, 2003) and Nature Performed (Blackwell, 2003) respectively. I am currently directing the research programme Experimentality for the Institute for Advanced Studies - a year-long collaborative exploration of ideas and practices of experimentation in science and technology, the arts, commerce, politics, popular culture, everyday life, and the natural world.

One of my research specialisms is the relationship between technology and religion. On this topic I published my own monograph, Nature, Technology and the Sacred with Blackwell in 2005 and a number of journal articles and book chapters. I also edited a double special issue of the journal Ecotheology: The Journal of Religion, Nature and the Environment on 'Postmodernity and Ecotheology' in 2004 (issues 9(2) and 9(3)).

A growing research focus is living with climate change. With John Urry I have just edited a special double issue of the journal Theory, Culture and Society on 'Changing Climates' (27(2/3), March/May 2010), including an article by myself on climate science, geoengineering and responsibility.

Publications

Bronislaw Szerszynski's publications

Current Teaching

While I am Head of Department I am not doing so much teaching, but I am supervising PhD students in the area of environment, technology and culture.

Career Details

Lecturer at the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy, Lancaster University (September 2000-December 2005).

Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change (CSEC) (August 1998 - August 2000).

Research Associate (as Principal Applicant) on ESRC-funded project Global Citizenship, the Environment and the Mass Media, CSEC, Lancaster University (July 1997 - July 1998).

Research Associate on ESRC-funded research programme Science, Culture and the Environment, CSEC, Lancaster University (April 1994 - June 1997).

Research Fellow at European University Institute, Florence, and Honorary Research Fellow at CSEC, Lancaster University, on five-nation EU-funded project Framing and Communicating Environmental Issues (November 1992 - March 1994).

2013

Why solar radiation management geoengineering and democracy won’t mix

Szerszynski, B., Kearnes, M., Macnaghten, P., Owen, R. & Stilgoe, J. 12/2013 In: Environment and Planning A: Environment and Planning. 45, 12, p. 2809-2816 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Geoengineering knowledge: interdisciplinarity and the shaping of climate engineering research

Szerszynski, B. & Galarraga, M. 08/2013 In: Environment and Planning A: Environment and Planning. 45, 12, p. 2817–2824 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Public engagement on solar radiation management and why it needs to happen now

Carr, W. A., Preston, C. J., Yung, L., Keith, D. W., Szerszynski, B. & Mercer, A. M. 05/2013 In: Climatic Change. 121, 3, p. 567-577 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Reconceptualizing the ‘Anthropos’ in the Anthropocene: Integrating the social sciences and humanities in global environmental change research

Palsson, G., Szerszynski, B., Sörlin, S., Marks, J., Avril, B., Crumley, C., Hackmann, H., Holm, P., Ingram, J., Pardo Buendía, M. & Weehuizen, R. 04/2013 In: Environmental Science and Policy. 28, p. 3-13 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Living the global social experiment: an analysis of public discourse on geoengineering and its implications for governance

Macnaghten, P. & Szerszynski, B. 04/2013 In: Global Environmental Change. 23, 2, p. 465-474 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Growing the social: alternative agro-food networks and social sustainability in the urban ethical foodscape

Psarikidou, K. & Szerszynski, B. 21/02/2012 In: Sustainability: Science Practice, and Policy. 8, 1, p. 30-39 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The moral economy of civic food networks in Manchester

Psarikidou, K. & Szerszynski, B. 2012 In: International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food. 19, 3, p. 309-327 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The end of the end of nature: the Anthropocene and the fate of the human

Szerszynski, B. 12/2012 In: Oxford Literary Review. 34, 2, p. 165-184 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Technology and monotheism: a dialogue with Neo-Calvinist philosophy

Szerszynski, B. 2010 In: Philosophia Reformata. 75, 1, p. 43–59 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Urban Agriculture as Community Engagement in Manchester

Levidow, L., Price, B., Psarikidou, K., Szerszynski, B. & Wallace, H. 09/2010 In: Urban Agriculture. 24, p. 43-45 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Changing climates: introduction

Szerszynski, B. & Urry, J. 03/2010 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 27, 2-3, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Reading and writing the weather: climate technics and the moment of responsibility

Szerszynski, B. 03/2010 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 27, 2-3, p. 9-30 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

The post-ecologist condition: irony as symptom and cure

Szerszynski, B. 2007 In: Environmental Politics. 16, 2, p. 337-355 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Critical discourse analysis and citizenship.

Fairclough, N., Pardoe, S. & Szerszynski, B. 2006 Analysing citizenship talk: social positioning in political and legal decision-making processes. Hausendorf, H. & Bora, A. (eds.). 19 ed. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 98-123 26 p. (Discourse approaches to politics, society, and culture)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Visuality, mobility and the cosmopolitan: inhabiting the world from afar.

Szerszynski, B. & Urry, J. 03/2006 In: British Journal of Sociology. 57, 1, p. 113-132 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A reply to Anne Kull, Eduardo Cruz, and Michael DeLashmutt.

Szerszynski, B. 12/2006 In: Zygon. 41, 4, p. 811-824 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Techno-demonology: Naming, Understanding and Redeeming the A/Human Agencies with Which We Share Our World.

Szerszynski, B. 03/2006 In: Ecotheology. 11, 1, p. 57-75 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

The Spiritual Revolution: Why Religion is Giving Way to Spirituality.

Heelas, P., Woodhead, L., Seel, B., Tusting, K. & Szerszynski, B. 2005 Oxford: Blackwell. 204 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2004

Nature, Technology and the Sacred.

Szerszynski, B. 2004 Oxford: Blackwell. 222 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Enchantment and its uses: religion and spirituality in environmental direct action.

Szerszynski, B. & Tomalin, E. 2004 Changing anarchism: anarchist theory and practice in a global age. Purkis, J. & Bowen, J. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 199-212 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Nature, sustainablility and the postmodern sacred.

Szerszynski, B. 2004 Religion und Nachhaltigkeit. Multidisziplinäre Zugänge und Sicktweisen. Littig, B. (ed.). 46 ed. Münster: Lit Verlag, p. 247-268 22 p. (Soziologie)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Augustinian ecological democracy: postmodern nature and the city of God.

Szerszynski, B. 12/2004 In: Ecotheology. 9, 3, p. 338-358 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

Nature performed: Environment, Culture and Performance.

Szerszynski, B., Heim, W. & Waterton, C. 2003 Blackwell. 226 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Introduction to nature performed.

Szerszynski, B., Heim, W. & Waterton, C. A. 2003 Nature performed: environment, culture and performance. Szerszynski, B., Heim, W. & Waterton, C. A. (eds.). Oxford: Blackwell, p. 1-14 14 p. (The Sociological review monographs)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Re-ordering nature: a postscript.

Szerszynski, B. & Deane-Drummond, C. 2003 Re-ordering nature: theology, society and the new genetics. Deane-Drummond, C., Szerszynski, B. & Grove-White, R. (eds.). London: T & T Clark, p. 312-324 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

That deep surface: the human genome project and the death of the human.

Szerszynski, B. 2003 Brave new world?: theology, ethics and the human genome. Deane-Drummond, C. & Peters, T. (eds.). London: T & T Clark, p. 145-163 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Marked bodies: environmental activism and political semiotics.

Szerszynski, B. 2003 Media and the resyling of politics: consumerism, celebrity and cynisism. Corner, J. & Pels, D. (eds.). London: Sage, p. 190-206 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

At reasons end: the inoperative liturgy of risk society.

Szerszynski, B. & Deane-Drummond, C. 2003 Re-ordering nature: theology, society and the new genetics. Deane-Drummond, C., Szerszynski, B. & Grove-White, R. (eds.). London: T & T Clark, p. 202-220 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Genetically modified theology: the religious dimentions of public concerns about agricultural biotechnology.

Deane-Drummond, C., Grove-White, R. & Szerszynski, B. 2003 Re-ordering nature: theology, society and the new genetics. Deane-Drummond, C., Szerszynski, B. & Grove-White, R. (eds.). London: T & T Clark, p. 17-38 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Public consultation through the internet: a guide to the issues involved in using the internet for public consultations.

Szerszynski, B. & O'Donoghue, M. 2003 Lancaster: IEPPP. 16 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2002

Cultures of Cosmopolitan.

Szerszynski, B. & Urry, J. 11/2002 In: The Sociological Review. 50, 4, p. 461-481 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ecological Rites: Ritual Action in Environmental Protest Events.

Szerszynski, B. 06/2002 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 19, 3, p. 51-69 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Wild times and domesticated times: the temporalities of environmental lifestyles and politics

Szerszynski, B. 15/11/2002 In: Landscape and Urban Planning. 61, 2-4, p. 181-191 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Visual citizenship

Szerszynski, B. & Urry, J. 2001 Thinkglobal: Cityscape Landscape Symposium 2000. Short, L. (ed.). Carlisle: Cumbria College of Art and Design, p. 110-115 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Genetically modified theology: the religious dimensions of public concerns about agricultural biotechnology.

Deane-Drummond, C., Grove-White, R. B. & Szerszynski, B. 01/2001 In: Studies in Christian Ethics. 14, 2, p. 23-41 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Mediating global citizenship.

Szerszynski, B., Urry, J. & Myers, G. 2000 The Daily Globe: environmental change, the public and the media. Smith, J. (ed.). London: Earthscan, p. 97-114 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1999

Risk and trust: the performative dimension.

Szerszynski, B. 1999 In: Environmental Values. 8, 2, p. 239-252 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1997

The varieties of ecological piety.

Szerszynski, B. 1997 In: Worldviews. 1, 1, p. 37-55 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1993

The metaphysics of environmental concern - a critique of ecotheological antidualism.

Szerszynski, B. 1993 In: Studies in Christian Ethics. 6, 2, p. 67-78 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • PhD visitors welcome at CSEC

    01/02/2011
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