Scientific and imagined narratives on biodiversity: Impossible solidarities?
Isabelle Arpin (Irstea)
Florian Charvolin (CNRS)
David Dumoulin Kervran (Sorbonne Nouvelle University)
Elsa Faugere (INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research))
Sustainability in transition
C. Humanisticum AB 2.11
Thursday 18 September, 17:00-18:45, Friday 19 September, 10:30-12:15 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

Long abstract:

In the middle of the 1980s, biodiversity worked its way into the public's view as a major scientific and socio-political issue. Since then, it has taken centre stage in scientific and imagined narratives concerned with the environment. It has notably given rise to a plethora of international, national and local initiatives, both in political/administrative and scientific areas. The purpose of this track is to explore:

- the textual, administrative and cognitive effervescence surrounding the emergence of the notion of biodiversity (Convention on Biological Diversity, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Cartagena and Nagoya Protocols, revival in naturalist inventories, creation of protected areas, barcoding projects, etc.);

- the use of this notion by scientists, and more specifically by systematists/taxonomists, ecologists or, more recently, molecular biologists, in order to justify their research projects, as if the notion provided them with the ethical and moral arguments they need to pursue academic research;

- the (relative) indifference of citizens, and local, national or international economies that continue to prey on and destroy natural resources, even if they apply an environmental gloss to what they say.

The biodiversity message also lies in the imaginary that it channels, and the composite universe to which it provides access in the imagination of those studying or handling the notion. This track focuses on the building of such narratives and this imaginary dimension, both of which open up new ways to be linked to the world, and new solidarities between humans and non-humans.

The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 3-3 between sessions