Nature and Culture

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Editors: Sing C. Chew, Humboldt State University, USA, and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and
Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and University of Jena, Germany

Nature and Culture is now indexed in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS) and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)!

Journal Impact Factor: 1.562

Nature and Culture (NC) is a forum for the international community of scholars and practitioners to present, discuss, and evaluate critical issues and themes related to the historical and contemporary relationships that societies, civilizations, empires, regions, nation-states have with Nature. The journal contains a serious interpolation of theory, methodology, criticism, and concrete observation forming the basis of this discussion.

The mission of the journal is to move beyond specialized disciplinary enclaves and mind-sets toward broader syntheses that encompass time, space and structures in understanding the Nature-Culture relationship. The Journal furthermore provides an outlet for the identification of knowledge gaps in our understanding of this relationship.

Nature and Culture receives financial support for its editorial operations from the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig.

The Editors and Editorial Board will consider new topics and authors should not be restricted by those listed below. Current themes are as follows:

  • Cultural Reactions and Conceptions of Nature
  • Degradation and Restoration of Environment
  • Ecological Time and Futures
  • Political and Socioeconomic Arrangements of Landscapes 

For a more detailed explanation of these topics, please see Nature and Culture's Themes.

Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Environmental Studies

Current Issue

Volume 10, Issue 3, Winter 2015


SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM ON "Material Agency as a Challenge to Empirical Research"

Guest Editors: Stefan Böschen, Jochen Gläser, Martin Meister, Cornelius Schubert


Introduction: Material Agency as a Challenge to Empirical Research
Stefan Böschen, Jochen Gläser, Martin Meister, and Cornelius Schubert

Lost in Things: An Archaeologist’s Perspective on the Epistemological Potential of Objects
Philipp W. Stockhammer

The Internet as Material Object in Social Practices: Recording and Analysis of Human-Internet Interactions
Tanja Carstensen

Cold Atom Gases, Hedgehogs, and Snakes: The Methodological Challenges of Comparing Scientific Things
Jochen Gläser and Grit Laudel

Design Rhetoric: Studying the Effects of Designed Objects
Annina Schneller

The Drug as Thing
Anna Henkel

Social Situations and the Impact of Things: The Example of Catholic Liturgy
Torsten Cress



Forthcoming Issue

Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2016



Changing Approaches to the Future in Swedish Forestry, 1850-2010
Erland Mårald and Erik Westholm

Nature, History and Culture as Tourism Attractors: The Double Translation of Insider and Outsider Media
Mark C.J. Stoddart

Hidden Climato-Economic Roots of Differentially Privileged Cultures
Evert Van de Vliert

Dam Close: Water Resources and Productions of Harmony in Central Japan
Eric J. Cunningham

Public Participation and Trade-Offs in Flood Risk Mitigation: Evidence from Two Case Studies in the Alps
Anna Scolobig, Chiara Bianchizza and Luigi Pellizzoni