Experimentalism is old and is subject to perpetual reinvention. It is emblematic of a range of key contemporary phenomena – scientific curiosity and the pursuit of objectivity, the cultural fascination for unconventional ways of life and the political rhetoric of crisis. Philosopher John Dewey coined the term ‘democratic experimentalism’ as early as 1927. For him, knowledge was rooted in experiences arising from moments of crisis. In my book on “Experimentalism and Sociology” (english translation in preparation) I am asking: what conclusions might we draw about the present era in light of Dewey’s social philosophy? Dewey’s thesis is surely of crucial importance to the current global sanitary and ecological crisis. Taking these crisis as a point of departure for a socio-ecological transformation challenges our modern way of life in a most fundamental way. But we can grasp the consequences of this idea only if we define the experiment not just as a social trope to be observed but concurrently as a tool for generating transformative knowledge. The book explores a theoretical approach of sociological experimentalism through a plea for an ecological ontology, discussed through the three dimensions “experience”, “trial” and “cooperation”. Finally, it concludes on the practical consequences in the era of global ecological and sanitary vulnerability, aiming for inter- and transdisciplinary research including the natural sciences, and, finally, for democratic experimentalism through heterogeneous cooperation in times of increasing social and political disparities within the world society.
Find my post on Sociological Experimentalism within the Corona-Crisis on Campus.de
Find our post on Somatosophere: Bogusz, Tanja and Frédéric Keck (2020): “Silent Spring in Europe calls for a New Social Ecology”, in: Somatosphere, 29 April 2020.
Experimentalism and Climate Change: Find my 3-minute DIY-Video (in German) produced for “Klimagespräche – Unser Kassel 2030”, screened on 10 December 2020 at Kassel State Theatre. As a member of Scientists for Future I was asked to give a speedy input on how to solve the discrepancy between climate consciousness and every-day harm practices:
Experimentalism and “Doing Biodiversity”: Find the night session of the digital Workshop Doing Biodiversity. Experimental Knowledge Transformations for Sustainable Futures with inputs from Helmut Hillebrand (HIMBF Oldenburg, Germany) and Claire Waterton (Lancaster University, UK) I organised as a senior fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Futures of Sustainability” at Hamburg University on 23 and 24 June 2021.