YHYS 2019 colloquium ”Wisdom in crisis”

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The 24th YHYS colloquium will be held at the University of Jyväskylä, on 21-22 November 2019, with the title ”Wisdom in crisis”. Pre-conference programme for PhD students will be organized on Wednesday 20th.

In the pressing need to prevent the heating of our climate and mass-extinction of species, we have to start using natural resources more wisely. However, our wisdom as researchers and the usability of scientific knowledge is challenged even at high political levels. In environmental social science, we do this challenging ourselves by emphasising the importance of diverse knowledge systems, pointing out ways scientific results are constructed and unveiling the creation of important and salient facts in policy-making. While this does not mean post-truth, it evidently calls for the need to improve our understanding of the different roles knowledge, and the theories we use, can take in planetary crisis. In fact, the critical analyses and experience in knowledge co-creation and natural resource conflicts also offered by environmental social scientists provide important means for solving the problems.

The post-truth era calls for the study of discourses, frames and narratives unveiling the construction of truth-claims and hierarchies between knowledge systems related to natural resource use. Furthermore, it calls for collaboration between researchers representing different disciplines, as well as other experts, artists, activists, citizens and policy-makers, in the solving of the resource crisis. Finally, an increased emphasis on research ethics is required. In this colloquium, we reflect the role of knowledge in generating and improving the ways of using natural resources and foster transdisciplinary dialogue on the role of wisdom in our society.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Nicole Klenk, University of Toronto

Dr. Tero Mustonen, University of Eastern Finland

Prof. Rolf Lidskog, Örebro University

Dr. Taru Peltola, Finnish Environment Institute