Together with Julia Lajus, professor at LMU Leipzig, our network member Julia Herzberg organized the workshop
“Noosphere – Ecosphere – Semiosphere: Explorations into Environmental Thoughts”
It took place in cooperation with the Rachel Carson Center in Munich,
on October 6th 2022.
The workshop addresses the current interest in conceptualizing the ongoing geological period of the history of Earth, making the discussions relevant to the current debate on environmental governance and governance in general.
The Anthropocene demands a deeper look into the predecessors of such thinking, and the Russian-Ukrainian and Soviet geochemist Vladimir Vernadskii, who named humankind “a geological force,” is undoubtedly among them.
Vernadskii’s legacy was adapted to a broader context of ecological thought in Russia and beyond, focusing on his ideas on Noosphere as a new state of biosphere, “a sphere of reason.” Its concept was compared to related research and the causes of the weak state of planetary thinking in contemporary Russia were discussed.
As part of this, Russian Ecospheres’ member and coordinator Philipp Kohl gave a talk on Lotman’s semiosphere.