CONNECTING THE DOTS: WATER
Aalborg University Copenhagen, Department of Planning
January 15-16 2020
Water is key to life, humanity and societal dynamics. We drink it. We consist of it. Water is a life-giving resource and water is a destructive force. Water makes many mechanical and industrial productions run. Water is sacred in religious communities. And for modernity water represents economic value, energy and leisure.
Water was the unity of everything for the first Greek philosophers. Water is a way to think about the primal origin of all things and the fundamentally interconnectedness of everything. Water is a way to approach the climate crisis because it changes the earth’s water reservoirs and turns water from ice into liquid. Water is also a way to approach the biodiversity crisis because it carries the pollution of industrial production unfriendly to nature. And freshwater is our planet’s most precious resource connecting challenges of climate change, biodiversity, pollution, international economy and geopolitics.
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference CONNECTING THE DOTS: WATER is to engage scholars from multiple disciplines in a common dialogue about nature, humanity and society with the intended purpose of advancing our cognitive capacity and knowledge about climate change and the biodiversity crisis.
The conference is a key deliverable of Theresa Scavenius’ research project Green Transition Paths that explores our democratic societies’ institutional capacity to respond to the crises of climate and biodiversity and the green transition of technology, human behaviour and political institutions.
The research project builds on a problem-based methodology with the intended purpose of bridging the gap between scientific identification of problems related to climate change and proposed technological and societal solutions. Only by connecting insights and engaging scholars from all disciplines will we be capable of understanding the complexity of these socio-technical challenges and of identifying a green transition pathway from A to B.
The conference drafts challenges of climate change and biodiversity in innovative ways by offering a platform for interdisciplinary and problem-oriented dialogue. It will address and identify the problems related to water, and specify and outline the possible solutions from technical, sociological, political and humanistic approaches.
The conference builds on the organiser’s prior engagement in the Copenhagen Climate Change Workshop Series (2012-2014), The Lost Decade conference (March 2019) and advances our knowledge about the interlinkages between climate change, biodiversity crises, societal challenges and technological innovation.
We call for panels on:
WATER and LIFE
WATER and ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
WATER and HISTORY & PHILOSPHY
WATER and ANTHROPOLOGY & GEOGRAPHY
WATER and LITERATURE AND RELIGION
WATER and GOVERNANCE & GEOPOLITICS
WATER and PRODUCTION
WATER and ECONOMY & SOCIETY
Deadline for panel submission: 15 November 2019.
Deadline for registration 1 January 2020. Register here.
Associate Professor Theresa Scavenius & Research assistant Nanna Finne Skovrup
(Research project Green Transition Paths, Department of Planning, Aalborg University)
Confirmed Speakers and Panels
Theresa Scavenius, Assistant professor, Aalborg University
No confrimed panels.
The programme will be presented soon.