Constructions of Nature in Society
The research environment ”Constructions of Nature" is relevant to any social scientists with interests in how ’nature’ and ’naturalness' are constructed in a wide range of phenomena in society, such as (in alphabetic order):
- Heath and medicine
- Hygiene and cleanliness
- Mental disorders
- Quality of life
- Science and technology
- Sustainable development (social, economic, environmental)
These themes obviously overlap with this of several other research environments at the sociology department. The purpose of this research environment is not rivalry. Instead, the aim is to develop connections with the other research environments in issues that specifically concern how nature, naturalness, biology, genetics, neuroscience, evolution, human universality, reasoning about hormones, and so forth are constructed in society. We believe that it can be very valuable to share knowledge and experiences across our research environments about constructions of nature in different problem areas. The new research environment is nonconfessional, and welcomes anyone from scientific realists to radical social constructionists. The idea is that we should have open and undogmatic discussions.
This research environment will invite people from this environment and beyond to give topical presentations on seminar series at the sociology department. Moreover, the environment will arrange writing workshops in which we give advise and recommendations to improve paper drafts and research applications. Finally, we intend to circulate information about news, talks, calls and other things relevant to anyone interested in constructions of nature in society.
"Constructions of Nature in Society" has replaced the research environment "Sustainable Development".
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