This panel encourages dialogue between social scientists studying the making of scientific knowledge of climate and provides a platform where both social and natural scientists converse about the potential of anthropology for interdisciplinary collaboration and debate about climate change.
Science is by no means the only, but arguably it is the most authoritative source of knowledge on climate change. How do scientists know what they know about weather and climate change? What expectations, beliefs, and practices constitute the situated work of climate scientists? In what ways do practitioners in different fields of science try to bridge the temporality of past, present, and future climate changes? What challenges do climate scientists face in their interactions with other social worlds? This panel aims to encourage dialogue between anthropologists and other social scientists who have addressed or are currently addressing these questions. Its focus and starting point are the worldview, knowledge, and practices of climate scientists. Social sciences research on the scientific worlds of climate change has developed sparsely for a few decades and the conveners would like to use this panel to start developing a more integrated community of knowledge. We particularly welcome participants who seek to expand the boundaries of this community to reach natural scientists through the use of anthropological methods. What are the novel approaches that cut across the conventional divisions between the social sciences and the natural sciences? What would constitute a truly interdisciplinary field of research into climate change? How could ethnographic description add to scientific descriptions of climate change? We are looking to organise a special discussion session where both social and natural scientists prepare joint presentations and reflect in situ about their collaboration in particular projects.