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Giulia Rispoli

Research Scholar (Jan 2020-Dec 2021)

Giulia Rispoli studied history and philosophy of science at the University of Rome, where she received her PhD in 2015, and at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Her research interests include the history and epistemology of systems thinking—in particular Aleksandr’s Bogdanov’s Tektology as an alternative to the General System Theory and Cybernetics—and their declination and convergence with biosphere theories, social studies of science, and environmental diplomacy during the Cold War.

Giulia is a research scholar in the research group “Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene,” where she investigates the conceptual history and genealogy of the Anthropocene notion. She studies key moments in the interaction of large-scale perspectives, where systems theory integrates with global and planetary ecology and led to the emergence of Earth system science. Within this framework, she also looks at the establishment of international scientific endeavours, such as the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB) and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP).

Giulia is working primarily on two projects: The first one is part of a collaboration between the MPIWG, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), and the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG). The AWG is a body of the Sub-commission of Quaternary Stratigraphy charged with assessing the Anthropocene as a formal geological time unit. In this project, Giulia coordinates research on the diverse systemic historical trends and processes that are manifested in the global distribution of sedimentary and geochemical markers. These are currently being selected by the AWG in their search for a “Golden Spike.” The second project explores the ideas of human geometabolism in the twentieth century, in particular “the geosphere-biosphere” and the “Earth-system,” and how they have reflected changes in scientific methodologies that in turn can explain different policy strategies in different phases of the post-war debate, and the Cold War. A book manuscript is being prepared to present the results of this project.

Giulia has been a visiting scholar at the Moscow State University and the York Center for Complex Systems Analysis of the University of York, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Muséum Natural d’Histoire Naturelle and the Centre Alexander Koyré in Paris. She has taught at Indiana University, Bloomington, and at the Cohn Institute of Tel Aviv University. She currently lectures at the Osteuropa-Institute at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Projects

Anthropocene Knowledge: Earth History in the Making

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Historical Sources and Contexts of Anthropocene Thinking

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IV. Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene

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Tracing the Earth System Before Earth-system Science

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Selected Publications

Rispoli, G. (2020). Genealogies of Earth System Thinking. Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, 1, 4-5. doi:10.1038/s43017-019-0012-7.

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Rispoli, G., & Rosol, C. (2018). Technology and the sublime: preliminary notes. Azimuth, 12(VI), 9-13.

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Rispoli, G., & Rosol, C. (Eds.). (2018). Technology and the sublime / Tecnologia e sublime [Special Issue]. Azimuth: Philosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age, 12(VI).

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Ienna, G., & Rispoli, G. (2019). Boris Hessen at the crossroads of science and ideology: from international circulation to the Soviet context. Societate şi politică: Society and Politics, 13(1), 37-63.

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Events

Cold War Seminar Series

Nuclear Diplomacy: How Knowledge Becomes Worthy of Global Circulation

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Cold War Seminar Series

Socialism and Scientific Internationalism in Sino-British Scientific Networks from World War to Cold War

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Cold War Seminar Series

From Soil Erosion to Global Warming: The Postwar Internationalist Origins of Global-scale Environmental Crisis

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POSTPONED: Rethinking Collaboration: Medical Research and Working Relationships at the Iranian Pasteur Institute

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The Common Problems of Modern Societies: IIASA as a Case for Détente Science

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Margaret Thatcher, the Cold War, and International Science in the 1980s

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Changing Channel: What is Science Diplomacy and How Could It Help Us to Better Understand Cold War Science?

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

“Pre-Gaian Thinkers: Vladimir Vernadskij and the Foundation of Biospherics.” Gaia and Earth System Science: scientific, historical and philosophical perspectives, IHPST

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris

“Rethinking Boundaries: Soviet Cybernetics across the Biosphere, the Ecosphere and the Noosphere Dimensions.” Experiencing the Global Environment

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (dep. II), Berlin

“Systems theories and the 20th century global ecology.” Le développement de l'écologie scientifique et l'émergence des éthiques de l'environnement

Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris

“To Mars and Back: The Science–Fiction Interface in Russian Interplanetary Utopia.” International Congrés Ciència i Ficció

Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica, Barcelona

“From the Sun to the Earth: Biosphere as a living organism in Soviet Geo-ecology.” The 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The University of Manchester (Symposium: The Planet Earth, the Environment and the Cold War)

News & Press

Applications open for Anthropocene Campus Lisboa: Parallax, deadline October 15, 2019

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Postdoctoral Fellow Giulia Rispoli for the ISRF on the tektological organization of the Earth system

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Postdoctoral Fellow Giulia Rispoli in El País article on Soviet climatologist Vladimir Alexandrov

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