Philippe Forêt

Philippe Forêt
University of Basel | UNIBAS · Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften

PhD

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Introduction
Philippe Forêt (University of Chicago PhD) is an expert on the transfer of data and expertise across Eurasia. He has held leadership roles in teaching, research, outreach, and administration at major universities. With Christoph Kueffer and Marc Hall, he leads a multi-campus program in the environmental humanities at SAGUF (Swiss Academy of Sciences).
Additional affiliations
August 2015 - July 2018
Nazarbayev University
Position
  • Head of Department
Description
  • Research, teaching, and service in environmental history and on modern Asia. Management duties and capacity-building at department and university levels. Research cooperations with Germany, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.
January 2014 - present
University of Zurich
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Research, teaching, and service in environmental history. Program advancement and development in collaboration with SAGUF, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Research cooperations with Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden
January 2014 - present
University of Zurich
Position
  • EH-CH / SAGUF Co-director
Description
  • Teaching, mentoring, research, outreach, international partnerships, and capacity-building in the environmental humanities
Education
October 2001 - February 2003
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Field of study
  • Higher Education and Research Policy
October 1986 - December 1992
University of Chicago
Field of study
  • Geography

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Publications (63)
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Understanding in a participatory manner how concepts on planetary change have evolved would be relevant to the concerns of the STREAMS conference. We will invite the participants in our session to document climate reconstruction and address the ways in which colonial science has addressed historical transformation. We will examine the visual record...
Research Proposal
Research on the international significance of politically neutral Switzerland could better acknowledge the leading role played by professional expertise and methodology in science and technology. In this biography, we will explain how by 1975, on the eve of the digital revolution, Switzerland had forged a common professional identity, improved mode...
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Environmental issues require answers from science, society, and culture. How can we apply the humanities and arts to these issues while cultivating methodologies that value context-dependence, multiperspectivity, relativism, and subjectivity?
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Climate change has been statistically proven to substantially influence the economy of early modern Europe, particularly in the long term. However, a detailed analysis of climate change and the economy of historical China remains lacking, particularly from a large-scale and quantitative perspective. This study quantitatively analyzes the relationsh...
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https://sagw.ch/fr/assh/offre/publications/details/news/qualitaets-und-leistungsbeurteilung-in-den-geistes-und-sozialwissenschaften-prinzipien-ansaetze-und/ (PDF)
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The Environmental Humanities draw from insights of the human and natural sciences for proposing new concepts and solutions to society’s pressing environmental problems.
Technical Report
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Solving or mitigating today’s environmental problems requires knowledge from the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences. In Switzerland and abroad, there is a growing acceptance of the central role that the social sciences and humanities (SSH) will play in our understanding of past, present and future human relationships with the env...
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An analysis of China’s global influence on both supply and demand would lead to a better under-standing of the present and future trends of the luxury industries. On the supply side, and within the framework of the 12th five-year plan (2011-2015) that has emphasized innovation, creativity and design, new Chinese luxury brands are emerging and inten...
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The environmental humanities as a metadiscipline provide a new forum for enabling continuous and reciprocal conversations within the humanities and with other sciences in environmental research.
Book
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New Qing Imperial History uses the Manchu summer capital of Chengde and associated architecture, art and ritual activity as the focus for an exploration of the importance of Inner Asia and Tibet to the Qing Empire (1636-1911). Well-known contributors argue that the Qing was not simply another Chinese dynasty, but was deeply engaged in Inner Asia no...
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Cet ouvrage est consacré à l'exploration de la Haute-Asie - qui englobe le vaste espace compris entre l'Himalaya, les Pamirs et les déserts de Taklamakan et de Gobi -, par les voyageurs, aventuriers et scientifiques européens de 1820 à 1940. Il présente en particulier les découvertes dans les domaines des sciences naturelles et humaines faites par...
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Cet ouvrage est consacré à l'exploration de la Haute-Asie - qui englobe le vaste espace compris entre l'Himalaya, les Pamirs et les déserts de Taklamakan et de Gobi -, par les voyageurs, aventuriers et scientifiques européens de 1820 à 1940. Il présente en particulier les découvertes dans les domaines des sciences naturelles et humaines faites par...
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publié à l'occasion de l'exposition temporaire à l'espace Arlaud du 28 mars au 27 juillet 2003
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Colloque organisé par le Centre de recherche sur l'Extrême-Orient de Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV, CREOPS ; le Laboratoire Espace et culture ; et l'unité mixte de recherche Espaces géographiques et sociétés]
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Yuanming Yuan has become the most famous garden of imperial China thanks to its well-documented and tragic history. The nationalism of Chinese historians and the enthusiastic endorsement of Westerners – Victor Hugo used to compare Yuamming Yuan to the Parthenon – have combined to turn the ruins of the Yuanming Yuan into a major tourist attraction t...
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The imperial residence of Chengde was built by two powerful and ambitious Manchu emperors between 1703 and 1780 in the mountains of Jehol. This volume, the first scholarly publication in English on the Manchu summer capital, reveals how this unlikely architectural and landscape enterprise came to help forge a dynasty's multicultural identity and co...
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The imperial residence of Chengde was built by two powerful and ambitious Manchu emperors between 1703 and 1780 in the mountains of Jehol. This volume, the first scholarly publication in English on the Manchu summer capital, reveals how this unlikely architectural and landscape enterprise came to help forge a dynasty's multicultural identity and co...
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From Gold Mountain (Jin Shan) a vein in the earth broke through, and from the hot water was fOlmed a spring [Rehe river spring]. The clouds [of steam] forever filling the valley, the stones and pools tum green. Grass grows luxuriantly everywhere, and there is no fear that harm will come to one's fields or home. The wind is pure, and the summers are...
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Le colloque s'est déroulé à Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, República Argentina, du 11 au 15 Mai 1999
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Textes issus du colloque organisé par le Laboratoire espace et culture et la Commission de géographie politique du Comité national français de géographie à Paris et qui s'est déroulé du 10 au 13 septembre 1994

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Projects (2)
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The _Climate Orientalism_ project seeks to improve the quality of our response to the climate crisis as well as enhance scientists' awareness of cultural bias in climate research. We could combine the quantitative methods of climatology to the qualitative methods conceived by the environmental humanities to account for risk, caution, chance, error, and prejudice. The Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL) at the Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm (KTH) and the Working Group that I lead at the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF) have endorsed a new project that would serve two overlapping objectives in research and capacity-building. 1. Research -- We could deepen our understanding of the Earth systems and human dynamics by looking at history as an agent in climate science, and by reviewing evaluation policies and disciplinary strategies. The _Climate Orientalism_ project will focus on how the Royal Geographical Society of London assessed intriguing observations on the past climate of Asia. More specifically, I will investigate the processing of topographical and hydrographical data from field geographers in the 1900s. I will explain how eminent European scientists vetoed the notion that climate could had changed in ancient Asia, rejected connections between climate and civilization, and closed the debate on climate change. 2. Capacity-building -- European environmental humanists have proposed that a new structure in South and Central Asia conducts teaching and research activities on the governance of climate and environmental studies. Inspired by EHL, the Environmental Humanities Laboratory of Dhaka will promote exchanges between KTH Stockholm, SAGUF, and Brac University. I will be the director of this new lab and apply in Bangladesh the leadership, management, and advocacy skills gained in Sweden. The opening of a channel across Eurasia that transfers data and expertise in both directions is therefore our second goal.
Archived project
Today, we are more willing than before to consider climate's salient role when a society is delicately poised (Diamond 2005). This explains the recent interest and high quality of the study of climate history (Goudie 2006). The discovery of global warming, which would have begun 55 years ago with a short article on variation in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, has unfortunately obscured an older debate on the “Dessiccation of the Earth” (Kropotkin 1904). My project on the different steps of the debate — fieldwork in Kazakhstan, Iran and Xinjiang, mapping of historical evidence, elaboration of climate theories, and finally a collective failure to appreciate landscape, culture and cli-mate as dynamic entities — could be a valuable contribution to the review we must conduct of the history of the discovery of global warming.