Gebauer, Jana / Jorck, Gerrit von / Pungas, Lilian (2021): Degrowth enthusiasm and the transformation blues of the East: reflections on the integration of post-socialist Transformational Experiences into the Transformational Postgrowth Discourse [Degrowth-Enthusiasmus und der Transformations-Blues des Ostens: Überlegungen zur Integration postsozialistischer Transformationserfahrungen in den transformatorischen Postwachstumsdiskurs.] In: Thomas, Michael & Ulrich Busch (Ed.), Streitfall Ostdeutschland. Grenzen einer Transformationserzählung, [Abhandlungen der Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften, 72], Berlin: trafo Wissenschaftsverlag, 229-256.
In this chapter, the authors have elaborated the central findings of their examination of the transformation experiences of Central and Eastern Europe and present them on the basis of six theses. In their view, it is indispensable for the degrowth debate to take up these experiences. The article traces the connections between post-socialist transformation and the debates on degrowth. The reason for this is a rather marginal engagement of the degrowth debate with the experiences of post-socialist transformations of Central and Eastern Europe. The basis is above all a series of events with the title “Degrowth Enthusiasm and the Eastern Blues”, which the authors organized in the past years. The focus is on the following questions:
What can we learn from the transformation processes that state-socialist societies underwent towards capitalist societies?
What experiences and practices before and after the upheavals can potential degrowth societies build on?
To what extent can we take up the alternative system- as well as transformation experiences of the people in the “East” in order to use their potential in and for a social-ecological transformation?
Lilian Pungas takes part in the online transdisciplinary EdiCitNet Summer School Programm that lasts for two weeks from 20 September to 1 October 2021. Topics are diverse, i.a. food production and nutrition in urban spaces. The Summer School is organised by the Edible Cities Network.
Within the seminar series Seminarreihe LUCSUS at the Lund University (Sweden), Martin Fritz (flumen, University of Jena) and Max Koch (School of Social Work, University Lund) present their paper “Habitus and climate change: Exploring support and resistance to sustainable welfare and social–ecological transformations in Sweden.”
When? 30 September 2021 | 11:00 – 12:00 a.m.
How? Seminar language is Englisch and will take place online. Please, register here. You will then receive a confirmation email with a zoomlink to the seminar. More information here.
Abstract of the paper: We explore peoples’ dispositions and practices with regard to social–ecological transformations based on a sustainable welfare policy strategy in Sweden. We draw on Bourdieu’s concept of habitus to highlight the relations between social positions, dispositions, and position-takings. Using data from an own survey, we identify habitus types and place these in the space of social positions. We apply principal component analysis to a large set of questions about social, ecological, and climate change related topics and identify eight underlying eco–social dispositions. These are used for cluster analyses that find typical constellations of eco–social dispositions within the Swedish population: variants of eco–social habitus. We find seven habitus types and describe their social characteristics, political preferences, and practices. Finally, the seven habitus are plotted onto the map of social positions, the Bourdieusian social space, highlighting their relations—proximities, tensions, and contestations—to each other. We find evidence that political struggles around social–ecological transformations reproduce existing social structures but are also connected to new “eco–social” divisions that appear between groups in similar positions. In the conclusion we discuss the implications for social–ecological transformations based on sustainable welfare. You can read the paper here
“Habitus and climate change: Exploring support and resistance to sustainable welfare and social–ecological transformations in Sweden”. A paper by Martin Fritz, Max Koch, Håkan Johansson, Kajsa Emilsson, Roger Hildingsson, Jamil Khan.
Abstract: We explore peoples’ dispositions and practices with regard to social–ecological transformations based on a sustainable welfare policy strategy in Sweden. We draw on Bourdieu’s concept of habitus to highlight the relations between social positions, dispositions, and position-takings. Using data from an own survey, we identify habitus types and place these in the space of social positions. We apply principal component analysis to a large set of questions about social, ecological, and climate change related topics and identify eight underlying eco–social dispositions. These are used for cluster analyses that find typical constellations of eco–social dispositions within the Swedish population: variants of eco–social habitus. We find seven habitus types and describe their social characteristics, political preferences, and practices. Finally, the seven habitus are plotted onto the map of social positions, the Bourdieusian social space, highlighting their relations—proximities, tensions, and contestations—to each other. We find evidence that political struggles around social–ecological transformations reproduce existing social structures but are also connected to new “eco–social” divisions that appear between groups in similar positions. In the conclusion we discuss the implications for social–ecological transformations based on sustainable welfare.
The Scientific Coffee HFR starts with our colleague Anne Matilainen from the University of Helsinki who is researching the concept of psychological ownership in the context of forests. More information about her academic work you find here.
Anne will give a short introduction to the concept of psychological ownership and her research. With coffee and cookies at hand, we will have plenty of room for an open discussion and exchange. The scientific coffee will take place online on zoom.
We warmly invite you to join the 1st “Scientific Coffee HFR” session if you are interested in the research about Human Forest Relationships or are even active in the field yourself.
If you want to join, please contact: email@example.com and a Zoom link will be sent to you shortly before the session.
The “Scientific Coffee HFR” sessions give room for open and relaxed discussions on current research subjects related to human and society relations to forests. They take place as often as we find the time to organise another session – but at least one session per semester is planned.
If you are interested in contributing to the next “Scientific Coffee HFR”, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with info on your subject (title and short abstract) and a preferred Wednesday (13-15 CET / 14-16 EEST).
“flumen” is organising three live stream sessions on bioeconomy and growth at the online conference “Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis” on 6 July 2021. See below for more on the conference, programme and registration.
Growth, Technology and the Bioeconomy (6 July 2021, 13:45-15:15 GMT+1 (UK-time) | in Germany: 14:45-16:15 !)
Dennis Eversberg, Jana Holz: Empty Promises of Growth: The Bioeconomy and Its Multiple Reality Checks
Miriam Boyer & Sarah Hackfort: The Growth Paradigm and the High-Tech Bioeconomy
Matthias Schmelzer: Fossil capital and carbon mentalities: Contours of the social in historical studies on energy transitions
The global frontlines of the bioeconomy: Conflicts and rural social inequalities related to the expansion of the bioeconomy (6 July 2021, 13:45-15:15 GMT+1 (UK-time) | in Germany: 14:45-16:15 !)
Eduardo Erazo Acosta: The power of the ancestral philosophy of Alli kawsay (Buen Vivir) in the indigenous movements of Colombia – Ecuador
Axel Anlauf: Contesting the bioeconomy‘s bottleneck–conflicts around phosphate mining and trade in Piura, Peru
Anne Tittor: Towards an extractivist bioeconomy without decarbonization?
Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen: Envisioning just bioeconomy transformations for Europe: Drawing from degrowth and intersectional decolonial environmental justice movements and ideas
European perspectives in the contested transformation towards a bio-based economy (6. July, 15:30-17:00 GMT+1 (UK-time) | in Germany: 16:30-18:00 !)
Maja Hoffmann, Clive Spash: Sectoral analysis of the impacts of greenhouse gas mitigation on work for the Austrian economy, and implications for the debates on just transition and degrowth
Joachim Spangenberg: The German Bioeconomy Strategy – Debunking the Narrative
Philip Koch: Transitions in the Andalusian Olive Oil sector – History, Perceptions and Conflicts
Lilian Pungas: Social-ecological mentalities within the semi-subsistence urban agriculture in Estonia
“Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis”
is an international online conference of the International Degrowth Research Network, the International Society for Ecological Economics and the European Society for Ecological Economics. It will take place online from 5 to 8 July 2021 and is hosted by the University of Manchester (UK).
More information on the conference in general: https://www.isee-esee-degrowth2021.net/
Link to the spreadsheet containing the current programme: https://www.isee-esee-degrowth2021.net/call-for-papers (All data in GMT+1)
Furthermore, here is the link to the registration (free of charge!): https://www.eventsforce.net/hg3/frontend/reg/tRegisterEmailNew.csp?pageID=71573&eventID=197&tempPersonID=233054
The aim of the multidisciplinary workshop on contested society-nature-relations is to discuss the changing relationships between individuals, society as a whole, and nature – especially forests – in times of societal change.
Please register until 26th May 2021 via Email email@example.com with the following subject“registration HFR Workshop” including the following information: -> first name -> surname -> your institution
Forests are crucial ecosystems that humans have always been dependent on. Global land use changes, degradation of (forest) land or the valorization of forests and their possible implications constitute impacts on values and attitudes towards forests and various forms of its usage and exploitation.
Individual relationships with forest can be defined as human-forest-relationships: They are the result of one’s individual and family history, cultural background, the society in which an individual lives, and the forest surrounding a person. This relationship, which combines both, historical and modern values and practices, reflects the constantly evolving global, national, communal, and individual attitudes towards forests. The varying types of human-forest-relationships indicate what forests mean to humans, and they can also provide insight into broader underlying ideas and practices of how individuals, communities, and societies relate to nature as a whole. As a bio-based natural resource linked with nature and society in multiple ways, forests are an interesting case for studying societal and political debates as well as economic and political power relations.
As part of the field of society-nature-relations (GER: Gesellschaftliche Naturverhältnisse), the workshop focuses on the questions:
How do societies view, construct, investigate, use, exploit, and dominate the ‘nature’ they ultimately depend on?
What are the implications of human-nature-relationships for work in forestry, for the economic usage of nature and forests and for actions and decisions regarding forests?
Exchange and debates between Finnish and German-speaking researchers working on the cultural and social implications of different types of human-forest-relationships motivate the workshop and its organizers.
Public Event | 27 May 2021 | 18:00-20:00 CET | German/Finnish
Die Zukunft der Wälder – Welche Rolle spielen Gefühle und unsere Beziehung zum Wald? Perspektiven aus Deutschland und Finnland Metsien tulevaisuus – miten metsäsuhteemme vaikuttavat metsiin. Näkymiä Saksasta ja Suomesta
As part of the workshop we are organising a public event. It will be held in German/Finnish with translation (German <-> Finnish). More information on the public event.
The workshop is organized by
The Junior Research Group‘Mentalities in Flux’ (flumen) at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany | funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education & the ‘Human-forest relationship in Societal Change’ – Research Project: University of Helsinki & University of Eastern Finland | funded by Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation
In current debates about the future of modern societies, one concept is increasingly marshalled as providing an answer to multiple challenges: the bioeconomy. The dominant narrative makes the claim that shifting to a bioeconomy based on the flow of renewable energies and biological resources societies can achieve both: ‘green’ economic growth and a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels and resources, thus building a sustainable future.
The aim of this Special Issue is to shed light on the nexus of sustainability, technology and growth within the bioeconomy from multidisciplinary, critical and constructive perspectives. We invite empirical and/or conceptual contributions addressing but not limited to the following questions:
Can growth-based economies really be made sustainable by just basing them on biogenic instead of fossil materials and resources?
Do the bioeconomy and the innovations of modern biotechnology enable a decoupling of environmental throughput from GDP?
Would the transformation of modern societies towards post-fossil, bio-based economic activities need to involve an overcoming of unlimited economic growth?
What would political processes and bioeconomy implementation strategies have to look like in order to transform the economy in a democratic and participatory way?
The above mentioned Special Issue is a cooperation between Forschungszentrum Juelich as a topical editor (Sandra Venghaus) and the Junior Research Group flumen as guest editors (Dr. Dennis Eversberg, Dr. Martin Fritz, Lilian Pungas).
We would like to invite you to submit papers (various formats possible such as research and review articles, short communications).
The deadline is June 30, 2021.
Papers will be peer-reviewed and the aim is to have final papers accepted and sent to production by 30th November 2021, which should mean the special issue can be finalised by the end of the year/early 2022. All information you need as an author with this journal you can find here.
Do not hesitate to write to us if you have any further questions. Also, we would be very grateful if you shared the call with any colleagues that might be interested.
„Empty Promises and self-fulfilling prophecies. Bioeconomy (and circular economy) from a critique of growth perspective” – that was the title of Jana Holz’ keynote, that she held in the online workshop “potentials of the concept of a circular economy“ on 24 March 2021.
The workshop was part of the discussion series “degrowth – vision of the future or an illusion?” organized by the AK Wien and Degrowth Vienna.