Umweltprojektionen. Klimas, Infrastrukturen, Risiken

15. Dezember | 10:00

Workshop: Umweltprojektionen. Klimas, Infrastrukturen, Risiken

Organisation: Frédéric Graber (CMB), Judith Rainhorn (Maison Française d’Oxford)

Simultanübersetzung Deutsch/Französisch



The environment is nowadays, par excellence, the object of projections into the future. Whether it is climate change, the evolution of biodiversity or the future of resources, the environment is the subject of scholarly anticipations and lay predictions, which aim both to assess future developments and to imagine, and sometimes undertake, actions. These actions may envisage the future in the form of a destiny for which it is necessary to prepare or adapt, or in the form of a project, whereby technical and societal interventions can reshape environments and their futures. While contemporary challenges in this area are clearly exceptional, these issues are not new: environments have been recurrent objects of projection and anticipation throughout history. From the early modern period onwards, the main form of environmental projection has certainly been that of the improvement project, which aims to develop resources, enhance and exploit environments considered to be poorly or under-exploited, justifying significant changes in their modes of ownership and uses. However, environmental projections cannot be reduced to the Western gesture of putting nature to work, and past societies have had to deal with less Promethean perspectives. Thus, risks and pollutions caused by human activities have gradually become fields of projection in their own right, as have epidemics, the recurrence of which has led to the implementation of often illusory health measures. In all these fields, awareness of vulnerability has invited actors to envisage further corrective, preventive, adaptive or restorative actions on their environments. This conference intends to question the way in which modern societies perceive, construct and attempt to transform their environments by projecting their perceptions and contemporary knowledge onto imaginable or foreseeable futures.


15 décembre 2021

9h30 (Paris/Berlin time)  Accueil des participants

9h45 Introduction
Frédéric Graber, Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin)
et Judith Rainhorn, Maison française d’Oxford

10h00     La santé au cours de notre environnement

                Carine Milcent (CNRS, Paris School of Economics)

11h00     Visions de l’aléa au Kazakhstan soviétique : la maîtrise des laves torrentielles

et la construction contestée de futurs désirables

                Marc Elie (CNRS, CERCEC, Paris)

12h00     Pause déjeuner

13h30     Faire des déchets toxiques les ressources durables de demain :

La quadrature du cercle de l’économie circulaire

                Soraya Boudia (Université de Paris)

14h30     From historical projections of the environment to twenty-first-century

climate change and sea level rise in New Orleans

                Eleonora Rohland (Universität Bielefeld, Center for InterAmerican Studies)

15h30     Pause

15h50     Projecting Environments in Early Modern Science

                Robert Iliffe (University of Oxford)

16 décembre 2021

13h20     Accueil des participants

13h30     Imperiale Utopien bauen: Technologien und

Ideologien von Akklimatisierung im „langen“ 19. Jahrhundert

                Richard Hölzl (Universität Göttingen)

14h30     Dans les ruines du futur.

Anticiper et prévenir l’effondrement climatique (XIXe - mi-XXe siècle)

                Fabien Locher (CNRS, Paris)

15h30     Pause

15h50     Performative projections ?

Energy models and forecasts in German and French energy policy

                Stefan Aykut (Universität Hamburg)

16h50     Défendre l’avenir ?

Preparedness, survivalisme et conservatisme aux États-Unis

                Sébastien Roux (CNRS, IGlobes, Tucson, Arizona)

17h50     Conclusion

                Frédéric Graber, Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin