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11.02.2020 | 16:00 | Prof. Dr. Jonas Ø. Nielsen | Inaugural lecture Integrative Geography

Wann 11.02.2020 von 16:00 bis 18:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC100) iCal
Wo Rudower Chaussee 26 | Erwin Schrödinger-Zentrum | Raum 0'119

Geographisches Kolloquium


Dear IRI THESys and Geography colleagues and students,

I hope this mail finds you well and that you have had a good start to the new year. I would like to invite you to my inaugural lecture. On the 1 of December, 2019, I started in a new professorship in Integrative Geography at the Geography Department/IRI THESys.

To mark this occasion I will give my inaugural lecture on the 11 of February, 16:00 c.t. The lecture will take approximately 45 minutes followed by Q&A, a discussion and a small reception. See full information in the attached PDF. I have attached the full talk abstract below.

I look forward to see you and to continue my work with you all here at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Warm regards,
Prof. Dr. Jonas Ø. Nielsen



Global lives and the relevance of integrative geography



Globalisation, complexity, and environmental problems challenge traditional boundaries between disciplines, methods, activism and science, humans and nature. This has implications for how we do research. Integration of scientific approaches, diverting worldviews, actors, scales, political belief systems, and civil society concerns are required. This is the focus of Integrative geography. Neither human nor physical geography alone, it emphasises no particular method and belongs to no specific scale. It is problem driven and solution oriented.

In my talk, I will highlight the relevance of integrative geography in a world defined by connectivity and problems that we as scientists need to help solve. Focusing predominantly on adaptation to climate change and land-use change, I will illustrate how questions around human-environment relations open up for such work. In particular, I will show how the global is mixed into locally lived lives and vice-versa, forcing us to engage with causal relations both outwards and inwards in time and space.

Solving epistemological problems concerning causal relations in a globalized world is not just an academic exercise. Operationalizing such insights for achieving sustainability will become increasingly required. The talk will finish considering the implications of a more normative science and the part geography can play in this.  

Prof. Dr. Jonas Ø. Nielsen
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
IRI THESys and The Department of Geography
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Phone +49 30 2093 66341