Climate change expands the realm of experience for the dependencies between society and nature to the most diverse locations and different times. The causal lines are no longer clear and unambiguous but blurred and multi-layered, which concerns both everyday life and the sciences. Nature, which in many concepts is thought to be a constant, must be reconceptualised as a socially influenced variable as a consequence of the evidence of climate change. However, the most recent IPCC reports and the practice of alpine natural disaster management suggest that society regards nature as a clearly separated field of being: as "amoral" and "apolitical" and as a resource that is to be formed predominantly on a technical instrumental level.
This understanding of nature has shaped the thoughts and action of the stakeholders in risk management in the Alps for the past three centuries. However, criticism of this paradigm is growing among stakeholders from civil society and non-professional and professional risk managers.They query whether the traditional patterns of interpretation and practices are appropriate for the challenges posed by climate change and are seeking alternatives.
The association investigates the change in patterns of interpretation and practices in alpine natural disaster management since the 18th century. The goal of the project is to identify blockages in thinking and acting and alternative paths of development in view of the challenges posed by climate change. To this end, answers will be sought to:
project period: March 2011- February 2014
Projekttitel: Alpine Natural Disasters: Social Anthropological and philosophical Perspectives
1) Visualisation and mapping of alpine local knowlege in times of climate change (Christian Reichel)
2) From Theodizee to Technodizee to Anthropodizee. Philosophy of Moral and the change of the Imagination and Interpretation of Alpine Nature in Climate Change (Dr. Josef Bordat)
Prof. Dr. Urte Undine Frömming - Junior professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Disaster Research Area:
Prof. Dr. Martin Voss - Guest professor at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (project coordinator)
The Project is funded by BMBF (German federal ministry of education and research). Focus of research fund: "Social Dimensions of climate protection and cliamte change" as part of the Program social-ecological Research.
Prof. Dr. Urte Undine Frömming
More Information about the whole Research project: www.alpine-naturgefahren.de