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Traces and Symptoms: The Semiotics of Anthropogenic Markers

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Renn,  Jürgen
Department Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society;

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Renn, J., & LaCelle-Peterson, N. (2022). Traces and Symptoms: The Semiotics of Anthropogenic Markers. In C. Rosol, & G. Rispoli (Eds.), Anthropogenic Markers: Stratigraphy and Context. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000A-5CF5-B
Abstract
What kind of sign is a marker? This question is at the heart of the multi-disciplinary discussions that animate the conversations of these dossiers, and is fundamentally a question of semiotics: the study of signs. In this reflection, science historian Jürgen Renn and literary scholar Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson sketch out how the dual role of markers as traces in the strata and symptoms of the dangerous destabilization of the Earth System turns them into a crucial interface between natural archives and human societies.