https://ihopenet.org Integrated History and Future of People on Earth Mon, 06 Feb 2023 14:15:46 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://ihopenet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-IHOPE-logo-long-32x32.png https://ihopenet.org 32 32 Remembering Will Steffen (1947 – 2023) https://ihopenet.org/2023/02/06/remembering-will-steffen/ Mon, 06 Feb 2023 09:33:56 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14549

He was an exceptional scientist and a lovely man. – John Dearing

He was truly the best of the best and will be sorely missed. – Robert Costanza

Will Steffen formed the heart of IHOPE, and we deeply regret his passing January 29, 2023.

At an International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme conference in Canada in 2003, Will, an Earth system scientist and then Executive Director of the IGBP, and ecological economist Robert Costanza, a member of the IGBP task force Analysis, Integration and Modelling of the Earth System (AIMES), conceived the idea of constructing a timeline for human interaction with the Earth system.

They called the project the Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE).

Like-minded colleagues quickly joined them in creating IHOPE. Will’s vision, calm presence, and collaborative spirit infuses IHOPE’s work today.  His numerous contributions to a liveable planet will not be forgotten and his absence much regretted.

Early IHOPE publications:

  • Costanza, R.L., Graumlich, L.J., Steffen, W. eds. 2007a. Sustainability or Collapse? An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth. Dahlem Workshop Reports # 96. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Costanza, R.L., Graumlich, L., Steffen, W., Crumley, C.L., Dearing, J., Hibbard, K., Leemans, R., Redman, C., Schimel, D. 2007b. Sustainability or collapse: What can we learn from integrating the history of humans and the rest of nature? Ambio 36:522–527.
  • Hibbard, K.A., Costanza R., Crumley C., van der Leeuw S., Aulenbach, S., Dearing J., Morais J., Steffen, W., Yasuda, Y. 2010. Developing an integrated history and future of people on earth (IHOPE): Research plan. Global Change. IGBP Report No. 59. IGBP Secretariat, Stockholm.
  • Costanza, R.L., S. van der Leeuw, K. Hibbard, S. Aulenbach, S. Brewer, M. Burek, S. Cornell, C. Crumley, J. Dearing, C. Folke, L. Graumlich, M. Hegmon, S. Heckbert, S. T. Jackson, I. Kubiszewski, V. Scarborough, P. Sinclair, S. Sorlin, and W. Steffen. 2012. Developing an Integrated History and future of People on Earth (IHOPE). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4:106-114.
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BRIDGES sessions at Learning Planet Festival (24-28 January 2023) https://ihopenet.org/2023/01/20/bridges-sessions-at-learning-planet-festival-24-28-january-2023/ Fri, 20 Jan 2023 22:02:28 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14535 BRIDGES sponsored, partnered and co-organized sessions at the Learning Planet Festival (24-28 January 2023)

All times shown are CET.

 

Tue, January 24, 2023

The Assembly: Learning Planetizens Unite!

Organised by The Club of Rome in collaboration with the BRIDGES Coalition

Reframing Role of Research for Society – Invitation to BRIDGES Coalition by Club of Rome

From 14:00 to 16:00

https://festival.learning-planet.org/event/reframing-role-of-research-for-society-invitation-to-bridges-coalition-by-club-of-rome/

 

Wed, January 25, 2023

Transforming Education

Organised by the BRIDGES Coalition in partnership with People & Planet Project/Imvf and in collaboration with UNESCO

The learning dimension of youth climate action: a cross-regional examination

From 13:00 to 14:30

https://festival.learning-planet.org/event/the-learning-dimension-of-youth-climate-action-a-cross-regional-examination/

 

Thu, January 26, 2023

The Futures

Organized by Future Earth in partnership with BRIDGES and in collaboration with the Earth Politics Centre, Université Paris Cité

The learning and knowledge needed, seen from the Future

From 15:00 to 16:30

https://festival.learning-planet.org/event/the-learning-and-knowledge-needed-seen-from-the-future/

 

Thu, January 26, 2023

The Learning Society

Organised by BRIDGES (Catharsis/Phgd & Apheleia), in collaboration with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Experiences of Transdisciplinarity

From 17:00 to 18:30

https://festival.learning-planet.org/event/experiences-of-transdisciplinarity/

 

Fri, January 27, 2023

The Learning Society

Organised by UNESCO-BRIDGES at University of Wales Trinity Saint David

‘What language do the things of the world speak?’

From 17:00 to 18:00

https://festival.learning-planet.org/event/what-language-do-the-things-of-the-world-speak-serres-199212/

 

Fri, January 27, 2023

The Learning Society

Organised by UNESCO-BRIDGES at University of Wales Trinity Saint David in collaboration with Tairona Heritage Trust

The Kogi and MUNEKAN MASHA

From 18:00 to 19:00

https://festival.learning-planet.org/event/the-kogi-and-munekan-masha/

 

Fri, January 27, 2023

Organised by U Penn Program In Environmental Humanities, sponsored by BRIDGES

Planetizens Take the Stage

Listen Up to My Climate Story: Document and Share Yours

From 19:00 to 20:30

https://festival.learning-planet.org/event/listen-up-to-my-climate-story-document-and-share-yours/

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IHOPE and the SDGs: Climate action https://ihopenet.org/2023/01/15/ihope-and-the-sdgs-climate-action/ Sun, 15 Jan 2023 20:58:31 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14516 In this post series, we will introduce you to previously published research from the IHOPE network connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The relevance of the research was identified by the OSDG artificial intelligence software, and is subsequently manually reviewed.

Do you want to find out how to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts?

While the current levels anthropogenic climate change is in many ways a novel phenomena, the climate has changed considerably in the past and affected human societies in different ways. Such climate change affected the Pelopennese in the Late Bronze Age.

Erika Weiberg and Martin Finne evaluated different social trajectories against local climate data and found how various socio-political factors preconditions resilience in the face of changing climatic conditions, and how short-term prosperity and long-term unsustainability may intermingle.

The article, called Resilience and persistence of ancient societies in the face of climate change: a case study from Late Bronze Age Peloponnese was published in World Archaeology Volume 50, 2018 – Issue 4: Vulnerability, Risk and Resilience, and can be located using the following DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2018.1515035

To learn more about OSDG, visit https://www.osdg.ai/about or read their article “OSDG – Open-Source Approach to Classify Text Data by UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)“, available at https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.14569

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New Book – Routledge Handbook of the Digital Environmental Humanities https://ihopenet.org/2023/01/07/new-book-routledge-handbook-of-the-digital-environmental-humanities/ Sat, 07 Jan 2023 09:43:55 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14512 The book Routledge Handbook of the Digital Environmental Humanities is now available, showing how tools from the digital humanities as an emerging field can be used by scholars.  The first chapter of the handbook  is open access and  IHOPE’s affiliates at CUNY. The chapter is entitled Cowboys, Cod, Climate, and Conflict: Navigations in the Digital Environmental Humanities and authored by Charles Travis, Poul Holm, Francis Ludlow, Conor Kostick, Rhonda McGovern, and John Nicholls.  The handbook is interesting to explore the possibilities of crossdisciplinary research with a diverse set of new tools.

The book can be purchased here through Routledge.

And the first chapter can be downloaded here.

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New Paper – Maritime Archaeological Research, Sustainability, and Climate Resilience https://ihopenet.org/2022/12/15/new-paper-maritime-archaeological-research-sustainability-and-climate-resilience/ Thu, 15 Dec 2022 10:44:32 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14505
Source: E.L.IA. Photographic Archives (Copyright: CC BY 4.0). Found via Dr. Velentza’s project site.

We are pleased to announce that our IHOPE affiliate, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Dr. Katerina Velentza, has just published a new paper in the European Journal of Archaeology.  Dr. Velentza has been working on the IHOPE affiliated project Re-imagining the use of traditional watercraft in the Aegean Sea for a sustainable environment and economy.  The project’s focus includes an interesting component assessing future possibilities for re-adoption of traditional watercraft rather than fuel-based watercraft, in addition to human-environment maritime interactions.

The newly published paper, Maritime Archaeological Research, Sustainability, and Climate Resilience, is of interest to many researchers in our network, particularly those related to maritime archaeology or looking into adaptable responses to sustainability challenges and climate change. Dr. Velentza lays out linkages between the UN Sustainable Development Goals targets, current projects in maritime archaeology, and their ability to contribute towards climate resilience. A very interesting read for considering maritime archaeology’s role in a more sustainable future.

Read the article here: https://doi.org/10.1017/eaa.2022.48 

Abstract for Maritime Archaeological Research, Sustainability, and Climate Resilience:

Maritime archaeology has been identified as a significant field among the humanities that could contribute to the global sustainable development agenda. This article explores the relevance of maritime archaeological studies to initiatives of climate action. Βy reviewing the contributions of various state-of-the-art projects and by linking their aims and outcomes to specific targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the author highlights the benefits of involving maritime archaeological research in the pursuit of sustainability and climate resilience. This involvement could play a key role in reinforcing human-centred and culturally aware solutions to the current climate change effects that threaten human populations, especially in maritime regions. It is hoped that this discussion will inspire researchers in the humanities, archaeology, and maritime archaeology in particular, to use their expertise within the framework provided by the sustainable development agenda to help build a better future.

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LACHES Seminar Monday December 5th with José M. Capriles https://ihopenet.org/2022/11/25/laches-seminar-monday-december-5th-with-jose-m-capriles/ Fri, 25 Nov 2022 10:36:59 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14496 Join us on Monday December 5th, 2022 16.00 – 18.00 (Stockholm Time) for the next online seminar in our  LACHES (Latin American and Caribbean Historical Ecology Seminars) series which takes place on the first Monday of every second month, alternating months with our African Historical Ecology Seminars.

The seminar on December 5th features José M. Capriles, Associate Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University.

If you’d like to attend please send an email to contact(at)ihopenet.org in order to register and receive the zoom link and passcode.

Mummified Parrots and Desiccated Feathers: Exploring the Evidence for Transregional Interaction between the Atacama Desert and Amazonia in Pre-Columbian Times

In this seminar, Dr. José M. Capriles (Associate Professor of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University) will explore the archaeological record of tropical birds in the Atacama Desert where colorful feathers and even actual macaws and other tropical parrots have been recovered from various temporal and spatial cultural contexts signaling the persisting significance of these beings for signaling relational wealth.

 

Dr. José Capriles, is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in environmental archaeology, human ecology and zooarchaeology. His research is focused on how did humans adapt to the changing environmental conditions of the South American Andes and Amazonia during the late Pleistocene-early Holocene transition?, He conducts research in Bolivia and Chile and collaborates broadly with international interdisciplinary research teams. He is also engaged in the preservation of cultural heritage through public outreach and the active participation of indigenous and local communities in archaeological research.

 

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IHOPE and the SDGs: Clean water and sanitation https://ihopenet.org/2022/11/23/ihope-and-the-sdgs-clean-water-and-sanitation/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 23:25:37 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14487  

In this post series, we will introduce you to previously published research from the IHOPE network connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The relevance of the research was identified by the OSDG artificial intelligence software, and is subsequently manually reviewed.

Do you want to find out how to connect present, past and future to build sustainable communities and support clean water and sanitation?

In 2016, several IHOPE members co-authored a chapter titled Applied Perspectives on Pre-Columbian Maya Water Management Systems: What Are the Insights for Water Security?. The publication, in a classic IHOPE-manner, draws from the past to tackle present and future challenges. Among the main insights, gathered from the highly varied social region of the Maya Lowlands is the value of institutional and technological diversity. The chapter is part of the book The Oxford Handbook of Historical Ecology and Applied Archaeology in which the reader can find many more examples of past insights for present and future challenges.

To learn more about OSDG, visit https://www.osdg.ai/about or read their article “OSDG – Open-Source Approach to Classify Text Data by UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)“, available at https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.14569

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Museum-building collaboration for developing countries https://ihopenet.org/2022/11/06/museum-building-collaboration-for-developing-countries/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 21:11:30 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14476 “We must support other museums. Because museums are, from a global perspective, threatened. They are under constant threat of financial problems”, says Benjamin Kear, researcher and curator at the Museum of Evolution in Uppsala, Sweden. “We are the bridge between academic research and the rest of the world”, he continues.

Kear is referring to the projects to support museums in the developing world, where Uppsala University is participating, also funded by the Swedish Research Council, and Matiariki Network of Universities. Currently projects are planned in countries such as Tunisia, Lebanon and East Timor.

The original article by Åsa Malmberg, motivates the importance of the collaboration by arguing that many fossils in developing countries are either never found, or ends up in private collections, rather than being part of a sustainable source of knowledge and financial income for local societies. The full article can be read here: https://www.uu.se/nyheter/artikel/?id=19548&typ=artikel&lang=sv (In Swedish only)

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IHOPE and the SDGs: Sustainable Communities and Life on Land https://ihopenet.org/2022/10/24/ihope-and-the-sdgs-sustainable-communities/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 07:23:04 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14463

 

 

In this post series, we will introduce you to previously published research from the IHOPE network connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The relevance of the research was identified by the OSDG artificial intelligence software, and is subsequently manually reviewed.

Do you want to find out how to connect present, past and future to build sustainable communities and support life on land? You can read this open-access IHOPE article by following the link below:

Crumley, C.L., Kolen, J.C.A., de Kleijn, M. & van Manen, N. (2017), “Studying long-term changes in cultural landscapes: outlines of a research framework and protocol”, Landscape research, vol. 42, no. 8, pp. 880-890.

For more extensive insights, Carole Crumley, together with John Murphy, recently released the highly recommendable book If The Past Teaches, What Does The Future Learn? – Ancient Urban Regions and the Durable Future

To learn more about OSDG, visit https://www.osdg.ai/about or read their article ““OSDG – Open-Source Approach to Classify Text Data by UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)“, available at https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.14569

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New Book – Living Ruins: Native Engagements with Past Materialities in Contemporary Mesoamerica, Amazonia, and the Andes https://ihopenet.org/2022/10/06/new-book-living-ruins-native-engagements-with-past-materialities-in-contemporary-mesoamerica-amazonia-and-the-andes/ Thu, 06 Oct 2022 10:21:03 +0000 https://ihopenet.org/?p=14451

An exciting new book of interest to our network was released this month: Living Ruins: Native Engagements with Past Materialities in Contemporary Mesoamerica, Amazonia, and the Andes, edited by Philippe Erikson and Valentina Vapnarsky.

As summarized on University Press of Colorado’s website:

“The contributions provide critical analyses alongside a multifaceted account of how people relate to the place/time nexus, expanding our understanding of different ontological conceptualizations of the past and their significance in the present.

Living Ruins adds to the lively body of work on the invention of tradition, Indigenous claims on their lands and history, “retrospective ethnogenesis,” and neo-Indianism in a world where tourism, NGOs, and Western essentialism are changing Indigenous attitudes and representations. This book is significant to anyone interested in cultural heritage studies, Amerindian spirituality, and Indigenous engagement with archaeological sites in Latin America.”

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