Welcome…

…to the BMBF junior research group “Mentalities in flux: imaginaries and social structure in modern circular bio-based societies”.

From a sociological and historical perspective, we study how people’s basic mindsets, attitudes, and common imaginations change through the rise of the bioeconomy. Our research explores the social consequences of energy and resource transformations that are moving societies away from the use of fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources and turning them towards a production based on biological materials and renewable forms of energy.

On the following pages we would like to introduce ourselves, provide some insights into our research, and inform you about our current work as well as upcoming events.

If you are interested in the topic or have questions about our research, you are welcome to contact us under flumen@uni-jena.de. You will find some more Information about the Project in our Flyer.


Latest Publications
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Article Fritz, M., Koch, M., Johansson, H., Emilsson, K., Hildingsson, R., & Khan, J. (2021). Habitus and climate change: Exploring support and resistance to sustainable welfare and social–ecological transformations in Sweden. The British Journal of Sociology


Working Paper No 5
Eversberg, D.; Fritz, M.; Holz, J.; Koch, P.; Pungas, L.; Schmelzer, M.: Mentalities Matter. Social-Ecological Mentalities and their significance in post-fossil transformations



Working Paper No 3
Büttner, Melissa und Matthias Schmelzer (2021): Fossile Mentalitäten. Zur Geschichte der fossilen Durchdringung moderner Vorstellungswelten (pdf)


article Eversberg, Dennis. 2021. “Beliefs and knowledges – Socio-Ecological Mentalities and the Trilemmas of Covid and Climate”, In: The European Sociologist (Issue 46: Pandemic (Im)Possibilities vol. 2)




working paper No 1 Eversberg, Dennis (2020): Bioeconomy as a stake in polarising social conflicts? The distribution of socio-ecological mentalities within the German population in 2018 and the resulting potentials for support and resistance to bio-based transformations.


article Eversberg, Dennis (2020): „The social specificity of societal nature relations in a flexible capitalist society.“ In: Environmental Values (fast-track pdf e-print).

presentation
Martin Fritz and Max Koch present their paper “Habitus and Climate Change: Exploring support and resistance to sustainable welfare and social–ecological transformations in Sweden” online at the Lund University on 30 September 2021. More


Discussion
Matthias Schmelzer takes part in a panel discussion on climate policy on 22 April 2021 as part of the Climate & Economics Workshop of the Institut für Sozioökonomie der Universität Duisburg


Presentation
Matthias Schmelzer presents his paper „From Luddites to Malthus: Towards a history of growth critiques“ on 21 April 2021 at the Environmental History Week of the American Society for Environmental History.


Workshop
Contested Society-Nature-Relations. Forest related Emotions, Practices & Conflicts in Times of Societal Change, 27/28 May 2021 More


presentation
Jana Holz takes part in the workshop “potentials of the concept of circular economy” on March 24, 2021. More


presentation and 3MT-challenge participation Jana Holz takes part in the 3rd International Forest Policy Meeting, 17-18 March 2021. More


presentation Matthias Schmelzer participates at the workshop „The Ecology of Economic Thought“ at the Weatherhead Center/Harvard University, 03 Feb 2021. More


presentation Lilian Pungas speaks about oil shale extraction and dacha-gardening in Estonia, 26 November 2020


presentation Dennis Eversberg at the research colloquium of Prof. Dr.
Stephan Lessenich
on 24 November 2020


presentation Jana Holz’ presentation on forest bioeconomy as an extractivist practice at the Doc­toral Stu­dents’ Annual Conference in Helsinki


article Dennis Eversberg: „The renegotiation of our relation to nature


Interdisciplinary Workshop
It’s the (bio)economy, stupid! – The future of growth and the promise of the bioeconomy
7 / 8 Oktober 2020, Jena (Germany)


Webinar: “The policy legend of the circular bioeconomy: A biophysical view of the sustainability predicament


Martin Fritz’ presentation “Social and ecological economy. Concepts and varieties of degrowth”


Out and about: Lilian Pungas and Jana Holz doing field research


Flumen contributions at the Degrowth Conference 2020