Seeking abstracts for History of Science Society (HSS) panel on "Establishing Networks of Nature's Experts: Environmental Science and State Power".
HSS will occur Nov. 3-6 in Cleveland, Ohio, and is co-located with the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). The deadline for HSS panel submissions is Monday April 4.
No later than Sunday, April 3, please send your abstract to either Amrys O. Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Roger Eardley-Pryor (email@example.com).
Draft of Panel Abstract:
"Establishing Networks of Nature's Experts: Environmental Science and State Power"
Scientific knowledge about nature has been a central project of the modern state. While some networks of nature's experts reify state power, other environmental authorities employ their knowledge to overturn conceptions of sovereignty and citizenship. This panel explores three episodes in the creation of environmental knowledge networks. These papers examine nature's place in competing visions of modernity by highlighting the complicated roles that environmental scientists, state actors, transnational organizations, and local people have played in mobilizing environmental knowledge.
Amrys Williams's paper situates 4-H clubs in the larger context of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's expanding role in the American countryside during the early decades of the 20th century, showing how rural youth became important actors in the gathering of knowledge about farming conditions, as well as agents of change in transforming those practices.
Roger Eardley-Pryor analyzes an international NGO named Dai Dong that, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, used their Menton Statement to establish a global network of biologists and ecologists to challenge conceptions of sovereignty. However, Dai Dong's clash with Third-World biologists on population issues reveals the limits of transnational environmental networks.
[Third paper summary]
These papers suggest that networks of natural scientists---ecologists and biologists in particular---have played critical roles in implementing knowledge about nature to expand or oppose notions of modernity, development, citizenship, and state power.
Prof. Jeremy Vetter (University of Arizona) will chair this panel, with papers by Amrys O. Williams (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Roger Eardley-Pryor (University of California-Santa Barbara). We seek one additional panelist and hope to obtain sponsorship by the HSS's Earth and Environment Forum.
Please send abstracts no later than Sunday, April 3, to either Amrys O. Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Roger Eardley-Pryor (email@example.com).
PhD Candidate, Department of History
Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society
University of California, Santa Barbara
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