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Long Reads

Long Reads

Every student of the RESET and STS programs generates around three to four essays per semester. Some of them are short vignettes and usually do not exceed 1500 words in length. Others are more in depth, reach 6000 words, and usually require closer empirical work in terms of data collection. Here, you can read these longer essays as submitted by our students.

The Lichenists' Fury: Science and Ideology in the Conflict over Lichen Classification, 1867-1890.

by Betsy Middleton

This paper examines the radical political undertones in the mid-19th century scientific debate over lichen taxonomy. As social and political upheaval swept through Europe and the colonies, another revolution was quietly taking place, one that would irreversibly change the way we understand inter-organism relationships and the politics of the natural world.