Bruno Latour, Science philosopher and anthropologist visits scientists at the Calhoun CZO

Latour and Richter on the Stone Family farm adjacent to the Calhoun CZO's 70-m deep well, which has been a locus for investigations of pedology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology, and ecosystem ecology.

09 Oct 2015

Image: Latour and Richter on the Stone Family farm adjacent to the Calhoun CZO's 70-m deep well, which has been a locus for investigations of pedology, geochemistry, geophysics, hydrology, and ecosystem ecology. [Click image to enlarge]

A dozen diverse scientists and scholars from five universities, united by their interest in Prof. Latour and in human-nature relations, traveled by van from Durham to the Calhoun CZO in mid-October 2015.  The two-day field trip was recorded by Eric Barstow of Duke's Franklin Humanities Institute.  Latour is engaged in a project to study what he affectionately calls "critical zoneists".  The Calhoun is the third American CZO that Latour has visited, the others being Eel River and the Southern Sierras. 

After the two day field trip, Latour returned to Durham and engaged other critical zone scientists and students, and participated in an event at FHI for a 90-minute discussion with Richter and members of Duke's initiative on Environmental Arts and Humanities, Priscilla Wald, Jed Purdy, Deborah Jenson, and Peter Haff.


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