New article about the importance of changing academic habits as a response to Earth crises

An important new article from FuturEd researcher Birgit Schaffar (University of Helsinki) and Eevi Beck (University of Oslo): Means and Meanings of Research Collaboration in the Face of a Suffering Earth: A Landscape of Questions. (Open Access)

The abstract for the article:

The Earth is speaking to us in its own language of suffering—rising average temperatures, increasingly extreme weather conditions, mass extinction of species and so on. Academic habits of travelling long distances and/or frequently, as many of us have, affect the Earth and its inhabitants. This chapter argues the need for changing habits not just by developing technical infrastructure but through developing awareness among academics of the issues involved including the dynamics that may be slowing down change. The chapter contributes by discussing the means and meanings of research collaboration in this context. We explore the role of collaboration across distance in scholarship (Erkenntnis), various ways (technical and otherwise) that materialities can affect remote collaboration and reflect on the ethics of commitments intrinsic to academic work. The challenge facing academics is to integrate these three aspects—sharing, the material/technical and the ethical—in developing ways of working which are responsive to the Earth crises. To support this, we indicate a set of questions which can be helpful to consider when, as scholars, we make decisions about why and how to collaborate.

You can find the article in the open access book “Academic Flying and the Means of Communication”, edited by Kristian Bjørkdahl and Adrian Santiago Franco Duharte.

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