Co-producing Environment and Agriculture in Greece, 1945-2010: Experts and the Water-Toxicity Nexus - May 2019

The ISSP and the Department of History of the University of Ottawa were delighted to host Professor Stathis Arapostathis from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The talk focused on the politics of expertise and the co-production of sociotechnical imaginaries, expertise identities, and public policies in agriculture, as they relate to the use of fertilizers and water management in Greece between 1945 - 2010. By applying the concept of the "co-productionist idiom," the talk will highlight the processes of appropriation of technoscientific knowledge and the dynamic processes of agricultural politics in postwar Greece. Experts functioned not only as mediators but as promoters and shapers of sociotechnical imaginaries in Greece, and they directed specific policies to promote or control the use of fertilizers: particularly nitrogen (N) fertilizers.


Speaker's bios (PDF file)

Opening Remarks


Professor Monica Gattinger, Director, ISSP, University of Ottawa




Professor Eda Kranakis, Full Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences (Faculty Affiliate, ISSP, University of Ottawa)


Keynote Speaker


Professor Stathis Arapostathis, Assistant Professor, History of Science and Technology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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