Oficina de Ecologia e Sociedade

Grupo de leitura | Oficina de Ecologia e Sociedade (2020-2021)

«Of fungi and humans»

Begoña Dorronsoro (CES)

7 de maio de 2021, 14h00 (GMT +01:00)

Evento em formato digital

Comentários: Rita Serra (CES)


The text we are going to work on in this discussion is an ongoing essay that in some way it is also pointing out some elements of my doctoral thesis, but which will be submitted for the consideration of a scientific journal. My reflections and this presentation focus on two parts that have to do with my research, but also with my path as a researcher formatted in the wrongly so-called pure sciences (biology and ecology) to transit at the present through the fields of social sciences (anthropology and sociology).

The first part is focused on my positionality and situationality. In any of these areas of the north-centered sciences, I have always placed myself among those theorists, not by chance, most of them women and feminist epistemologists who also come from the natural sciences, such as Donna Haraway, Sandra Harding, Evelyn Fox Keller or Lynda Birke... as well as other researchers with critical approaches to science such as the works by Stephen Jay Gould, and other scientists who have reformulated and expanded concepts such as the Gaia Theory initially raised by James Lovelock, but which is widely and profoundly improved with the reflections of Lynn Margulis, just to cite the most known ones, but there are more people doing critical science inside and outside the academies allowing the co-construction of some interesting bridges and dialogues to be established with the critical social sciences too.

However, it happens that on too many occasions even today, many westernized researchers and academics are still locked in ivory towers without reading each other, without establishing dialogues and instead using those parts that are more convenient for their working hypotheses, leaving the rest out of the discussion, and the rest is huge. It is in this context that the second part focuses on fungi, those beings that most of us normal people still think today closer to plants because of the old outdated curricula still taught in the majority of primary and secondary schools, and yet they are evolutionarily closer to animals. There are some decades now that fungi are being object of reflections, metaphors, theorizations and practices from the most academic science until the most transgressive and popular ones, reflecting to me a kind of metaphor to address issues of interest for my thesis but also to play with the idea of a metaphor, that must not be seen and read as the only metaphor, but an alternative of alternatives as proposed by Professor Boaventura de Sousa Santos. 

Esta oficina integra o Grupo de Leitura de Ecologia Política 2020-2021 da Oficina de Ecologia e Sociedade (ECOSOC). Se pretender receber uma cópia do artigo, por favor, envie email para ecosoc@ces.uc.pt


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