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The Pasterze Glacier in Austria. Photo: Nathan Wong, 2007.

Working Group (2015-2022)

The Art of Judgement

The Art of Judgement explores how judgements are formed. In focus is the inherently dynamic nature of both assessments and decisions, as they are produced, validated, and redefined through constant processes of mediation and conflict, both synchronically and diachronically. Members scrutinize the ways in which knowledge and expertise are affirmed or rejected, choices are validated by groups and individuals, and attempts to make things work are evaluated in terms of failure and success.

The Working Group aims to address specifically themes that may contribute to connect the history of judgements with current concerns about the different dimensions of global change:

  • the ways in which changes are apprehended and evaluated in science and technology;
  • the validity of scientific measurements, standards, and baselines;
  • the assessment and mediation of conflicts in decision-making processes;
  • the management and perception of environments and natural resources;
  • the interaction between science and nature conservation;
  • the impact of judgements in defining resilience and sustainability.

Working Groups

Publications

Hardenberg, Wilko Graf von and Martin Mahony, eds. (2020). Verticality in the History of Science. [Special issue] Centaurus. 62/4. New York: Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1111/1600-0498.12241.

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Parrinello, Giacomo, Etienne S. Benson, and Wilko Graf von Hardenberg (2020). “Estimated Truths: Water, Science, and the Politics of Approximation.” Journal of Historical Geography 68: 3–10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhg.2020.03.006.

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Ureta, Sebastián, Thomas Lekan, and Wilko Graf von Hardenberg (2020). “Baselining Nature: An Introduction.” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 3 (1): 3–19. https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848619898092.

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Past Events

Charting the Flow: Water Science and State Hydrography in the Po Watershed

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A Taste of Science: Subjectivity and Objectivity in the California Wine-World

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Birders of Africa: The Politics of a Network

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Knowing Nature: The Changing Foundations of Environmental Knowledge

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Estimated Truths: Water, Science, and the Politics of Approximation

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Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practice, and Knowledge in Environmental Science and Policy

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Conservation in the Anthropocene: A Plenary Roundtable

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The Art of Judgment in Wetlands: Landscape Ethics, Aesthetics, and Science in Nature Conservation

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Transnational Conceptions of Nature and Ecology

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The Virtues of Imperfection: Caribbean Patent Systems in the 19th Century

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Touched Nature: Building in, with, and against the Environment in Norway after 1960

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The Construction of a “Chinese Ancient Climatology” in the Practice of Phenology

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Mathematics in Narratives of Geodetic Expeditions

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One of Geometry’s Nicest Applications: Digging the Georg-Tiefer Stollen (1771–1799)

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Measuring the Earth Discussion Group

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Bodily Aspects of Measurement

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The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter

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Theories of Change; Or, How Sea Level Rise Became a Historical Event

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