Jana Holz, Lilian Pungas and Matthias Schmelzer at the 9th international Degrowth Conference in Zagreb, 29 August – 02 September

Jana Holz, Lilian Pungas and Matthias Schmelzer speak at the 9th international Degrowth Conference in Zagreb am 29 August – 02 September.

Session Overview:

Jana Holz

“Beyond fossil extractivism?” (with Anna Saave)

Lilian Pungas

“Degrowth Enthusiasm and the Eastern Blues” (with Gerrit von Jorck, Jana Gebauer)

“Degrowth from the East” (with Thomas Smith, Eva Fraňková, Ottavia Cima)

Matthias Schmelzer

“Degrowing concrete – On the history and future of the world’s most used and most destructive material”

“Planning Beyond Growth: the case for economic democracy within limits”
(with Elena Hofferberth, Cédric Durand)

“Ecological reparations and degrowth: Towards a convergence of alternatives around world-making after growth”
(with Tonny Nowshin)


We invite you to the 9th International Degrowth Conference, which will be held in Zagreb, Croatia from August 29 to September 2, 2023!

Zagreb is a city whose local government is headed by former degrowth conference speakers. By connecting degrowth’s international audience with the realities of a semi-peripheral capital developing new justice and sustainability pathways, the degrowth movement will broaden its scope and affirm its position in the everyday lives of European citizens.  

To maximize networking and impact, the Conference will include a city-wide Degrowth Week alongside its research and activist part. The events and activities will take place at the Zagreb Fair, a valuable space and project from the socialist period which will host all the Conference sessions, the Museum of Contemporary Art, where we will have our opening ceremony, and the Youth Culture Centre „Ribnjak“, situated in one of the city’s most beautiful parks, which will house the festival part. 

The Zagreb conference will feature prominent keynote speakers – Kohei Saito, Roland Ngam, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Paul Stubbs, and Karin Doolan – and a couple of hundred scholars from around the world eager to discuss different aspects of a believable degrowth future. 

The day before the Conference opening – on Monday, August 28 – the 4thInternational Assembly of the Degrowth Movement will take place in the Youth Culture Centre “Ribnjak”, with plans to deliberate on the aims and organisation of the degrowth movement (more information here).

The Degrowth Week will include events such as an environmental film festival, a one-day activist-artistic festival, the presentation of the work of a thematic network for low carbon transition cooperation (METAR), and a number of activist/practitioner panels, presentations and workshops.

Since the call for proposals is closed, we invite anyone whose paper/presentation/workshop was accepted to register if they still haven’t (the regular conference fee is available until May 31 – https://odrast.hr/faq/#payment-accepted). If you don’t have a presentation and would still like to attend the conference, we invite you to register as well (https://odrast.hr/faq/#payment-participants) – the number of tickets is limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

The LOC is currently working at full capacity to coordinate the Conference and the Degrowth Week program. After the program has been publish, in June, we will open a call for volunteers. We will be looking for volunteers to work on tasks in preparing the conference (knowledge of Croatian will probably be required), and for volunteers to manage the conference (English will be a must). All volunteers can expect free access to all Conference events. 

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We can’t wait to welcome you in Zagreb!


Zagreb LOC