…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

flumen active

article Eversberg, D., 2021. “From democracy at others’ expense to externalization at democracy’s expense: Property-based personhood and citizenship struggles in organized and flexible capitalism” More

working paper 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.

book Schmelzer, Matthias et al. (2020): Degrowth in Movement(s). Exploring pathways for transformation. A dictionary of social movements and alternatives for a future beyond economic growth, capitalism, and domination. More

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

article Schmelzer, Matthias (2020): “Degrowth and the Emerging Mosaic of Alternatives”. In: Burkhart, Corinna; Schmelzer, Matthias; Treu, Nina (Ed.), Degrowth in Movement(s): Exploring pathways for transformation. Winchester / Washington: Zer0, p. 9–28.

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

Dennis Eversberg’s presentation at the summer school