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Spring 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013
Contested Ecologies: the Peril and Promise of Transdisciplinarity
Contested Ecologies poster
A C21 Symposium
12:00 noon Curtin 175


Tim Ehlinger (UWM, Biological Sciences)
Karen Grattan (George Mason, School of
     Conflict Analysis and Resolution)
Ryan Holifield (UWM, Geography)
T. Scott McMillin (Oberlin, English)
Morgan Robertson (UW-Madison, Geography)
Manu P. Sobti (UWM, Architecture)

This symposium grows out of Timothy Ehlinger’s, Ryan Holifield’s, and Manu Sobti’s collaborative research in conjunction with their C21’s Transdisciplinary Challenge Grant: “Escaping Flatland: (Re-)Writing the Histories, Geographies, and Borderland Ecologies of Water.” In their ongoing research, they investigate conflicts, borders, and boundaries in river ecosystems. Their case studies include the Amu Darya (Oxus) River that runs along the borders of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan; the Lower Danube River as it empties into the Black Sea; and the Milwaukee River as it flows into Lake Michigan.

While Ehlinger, Holifield, and Sobti will discuss the specifics of their transdisicplinary collaboration, additional speakers will address the major epistemological, methodological, and institutional barriers to and possibilities of transdisciplinary research—with particular attention to the cultural, historical, geographical, and/or ecological dimensions of borderlands and transboundary zones of various kinds. As a whole, the symposium is an opportunity to consider transdisciplinarity—as a concept and a practice—particularly as it applies to research on ecologies and ecosystems.


12:00   Welcome: Michael Liston (Associate Dean, Graduate School, UWM)
12:15   Introduction: Tim Ehlinger, Ryan Holified, Manu Sobti
12:30   T. Scott McMillin, "The Discipline of Abandonment: Some Principles
              of Textual Potamology"
1:30     break
1:45     Karen Grattan, title TBD
2:45     break
3:00     Morgan Robertson, “Everyday Transdisciplinarity: Working across logics
              in environmental management”
4:00     break
4:15     Transdisciplinary roundtable: Tim Ehlinger, Ryan Holified, Manu Sobti
5:30     Reception, Curtin Hall 939

Also of interest:

blc Brown Bag Lunch
Riverine Conversations
with T. Scott McMillin
Thursday, April 4
12 noon AUP 146
SARUP Resource Center
Poster (PDF)

Recommended background reading

Transdisciplinary collaboration, general

Fischer, A. H., Tobi, H., & Ronteltap, A. (2011). When Natural met Social: A Review of Collaboration between the Natural and Social Sciences. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 36(4), 341–358. doi:10.1179/030801811X13160755918688

    This one is a meta-analysis of literature on social-natural science collaborations.

Jahn, T., Bergmann, M., & Keil, F. (2012). Transdisciplinarity: Between mainstreaming and marginalization. Ecological Economics, 79, 1–10. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.04.017

Strang, V. (2009). Integrating the social and natural sciences in environmental research: a discussion paper. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 11(1), 1–18. doi:10.1007/s10668-007-9095-2

    This study is helpful because it is written almost as a “how-to” for
    transdisciplinary collaborations.

Science and technology studies

Chilvers, J., & Evans, J. (2009). Understanding networks at the science–policy interface. Geoforum, 40(3), 355–362. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2009.03.007

Van den Hove, S. (2007). A rationale for science–policy interfaces. Futures, 39(7), 807–826. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2006.12.004

Wesselink, A., Buchanan, K., Georgiadou, Y., & Turnhout, E. (2013). Technical knowledge, discursive spaces and politics at the science–policy interface. Environmental Science & Policy. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2012.12.008

Sense of place studies

Semken, S., & Freeman, C. B. (2008). Sense of place in the practice and assessment of place-based science teaching. Science Education, 92(6), 1042–1057. doi:10.1002/sce.20279

Stedman, R. (2003). Is it really just a social construction? The contribution of the physical environment to sense of place. Society and Natural Resources, 16, 671–685.

Stakeholder participation

Beierle, T. C., & Konisky, D. M. (2000). Values, conflict, and trust in participatory environmental planning. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 19(4), 587–602.

Beierle, T. C., & Konisky, D. M. (2001). What are we gaining from stakeholder involvement? Observations from environmental planning in the Great Lakes. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 19(4), 515 – 527. doi:10.1068/c5s

Kellogg, W. (1997). Lessons from RAPs: Citizen Participation and the Ecology of Community. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 23(2), 227–229. doi:10.1016/S0380-1330(97)70904-3

McLaughlin, C., & Krantzberg, G. (2006). Toward a “Better Understanding” of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 32(2), 197–199. doi:10.3394/0380-1330(2006)32[197:TABUOT]2.0.CO;2

Stewart, R. M., & Rashid, H. (2011). Blending science and public policies for remediation of a degraded ecosystem: Jackfish Bay, north shore of Lake Superior, Ontario, Canada. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 37(2), 256–262. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2011.03.007

Poster (PDF)

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