Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

Seminar: Just transition to sustainability – insights from the Global South and North

 Seminar: Just transition to sustainability – insights from the Global South and North

Place: University of Helsinki, Viikki Campus, Info Center, Room 235 (Auditorium 2)

Time: Monday 18 November 2019 at 4-7 pm

Speaker: Pella Thiel works with relational, systemic activism, change processes and leadership för a society in harmony with nature. She is a co-founder and board member of the Swedish Transition Network, End Ecocide Sweden, Save the Rainforest Sweden and the swedish Network for Rights of Nature. She coordinated the first two Rights of Nature Conferences in Sweden. She has edited two books on nature interpretation and is currently working on a book on rights of nature. Pella has an MSc in Ecology from Stockholm University with the thesis on rainforest restoration in Ecuador. She enjoys pigs, her greenhouse (which has been under construction for four years) and having her hands in the soil at the smallholding in the archipelago of Stockholm where she lives. She is part of the eco-psychology/activist NGO Lodyn, UN Harmony with Nature initiative and the Common cause international network. The WWF has named her environmental hero of the year 2019.

Background: Calls for significant societal transformations are growing because of the alarming trends of climate chaos, species extinction and pollution. Active networks of scholars, activists and practitioners are building alternatives on both on the ground and on intellectual speheres. The event will update on some of the interesting processes, such as the omställningrörelse in Sweden and systemic alternatives from the global South. Pella Thiel from Sweden will deliver the keynote.

Contact: Marko Ulvila, Siemenpuu Foundation marko.ulvila at kapsi.fi

Co-organisers: Department of Economics at the University of Helsinki in collaboration with Siemenpuu Foundation’s working group on ecological democracy, Finnish Degrowth Newtork and Sustainable Change Research Network.

Welcome, free entrance!

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Nov
27
2:00 PM14:00

Lecture: Introducing Sustainable Consumption

Lecture: Introducing Sustainable Consumptio by Dr Sylvia Lorek

Date: 27.11.2019

Time: 14.00-15.00

Place: University of Helsinki, Room 541 (sh.14), Forest Sciences House, Latokartanonkaari 7, Viikki Campus

This presentation is a trial lecture for the title of docent at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Economics and Management. No need to register.

Author bio: Sylvia Lorek is Chair of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute Germany e.V and Member of SUCH. She is working on studies and as consultant for national and international organisations and institutes and active in various national, regional and global networks on sustainable consumption. She holds a Ph.D. in consumer economics based on degrees in household economics and nutrition (Oecotrophologie) as well as economics. The combination of these two disciplines provides her with the tools - the individual micro-economic and the societal macroeconomic perspective - for a well-founded analysis of the contexts, in which the scientific and societal discourses about sustainable consumption take place.

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Jan
31
9:30 AM09:30

Call for Papers: Special Issue "After the An­thro­po­cene: Time and Mo­bil­ity"

A special issue of Sustainability  

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sooner or later, the Earth will reach the end of ‘the Anthropocene’. As the effects of changing climatic regimes impose greater effects on earthbound habitation and the known ways of being in the present geological epoch, we would like to consider how humans and/or socionature might and should respond. Could we, for example, imagine a time after the Anthropocene, when humans would no longer be the dominant species on the planet? And if so, what would this imply for social organization? Could we consider the notion of the ‘late Anthropocene’ relevant for discussing the present when humanity—albeit in different place-specific ways—is forced to adapt in radical ways to the challenges that it faces?

The scholarly debate to date has paid relatively little attention to this space–time. Instead, the discussion continues to revolve around questions such as when the human-dominated epoch began; what to call it; who or what is to blame for it; and how we might respond to it in the immediate future. While these questions certainly deserve consideration, effort should also be aimed at questions of how the Anthropocene might come to an end (as a discourse and as an epoch); what post-Anthropocene might look like; and what this might signify for organizing social change, and/or caring for the nonhuman nature.

This Special Issue focuses on questions of time and mobility, insofar as these concepts enrich our understandings of what comes after the Anthropocene and how to exit the Anthropocene. We seek manuscripts that explore time and mobility after the Anthropocene. In relation to time and/or mobility, possible topics/lenses are:

  • Peace, conflict resolution, and nonviolence;

  • Basic human and nonhuman needs (food in particular);

  • Human–nature relationships, naturecultures, and socionatures;

  • Utopias and dystopias, as well as mixtures of these two;

  • Social movements and resistance;

  • Nomadism, immigration, refugees;

  • Collapse, survivalism, and anarcho-primitivism;

  • Neo-indigenous imaginaries and ecovillages;

  • Technology and tools;

  • State, governance, policy, and law;

  • Cosmology, spirituality, and religion.

Just as the Anthropocene marked a global matter-energetic shift, the end of the human epoch also marks significant changes in the deep geological time of the Earth’s history. Different temporal perspectives and rhythms might well play a role in how the time after the Anthropocene will unfold. There is a need to begin to conceive time not only in anthropocentric terms, but more holistically, e.g., in terms of rocks. Thus, instead of merely seeking to save the world for future human generations, consideration and care for other animals, plants, and rocks—constituents of the Earth—opens up a different time horizon.

A possibility is that the on-going mass movement of people and other earthbound beings will both be an outcome and reason for the new epoch. Furthermore, the travel of earthbound beings beyond the boundaries of Earth—the exploitation of space—is an issue calling for critical reflection. Finally, the mobility of deep geological formations of the Earth merits consideration as well; the movement of lithospheric plates has historically changed the course of life on the planet in a remarkable way. The trouble of moving, living, and dying together in the late Anthropocene necessarily brings about new practical and theoretical questions of power, as the recent formulations of ‘geopower’, for instance, cogently demonstrate.

Dr. Pasi Heikkurinen
Dr. Toni Ruuska
Prof. Anu Valtonen
Dr. Outi Rantala
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Anthropocene

  • time

  • mobility

  • nature

  • culture

  • sustainability

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Jun
1
2:30 AM02:30

Call for Papers: Special Issue ”Change Agency in Sustainability Transitions”

A special issue of Sustainability

Deadline for manuscript submissions: June 1st 2020

Special issue information

The topic of agency in making the world a 'better place' is increasingly relevant, if not urgent. The aim of this Special Issue is to invigorate and, where possible, to integrate the debate on agency in sustainability transitions. In this respect, the Special Issue covers institutional actors, organizational actors, individual-level actors, as well as collective forms of sustainability agency.

In this light, we encourage submissions:

  • From across the disciplinary bases studying sustainability agency, be it environmental management, sustainability science, corporate social responsibility, management and organization, environmental psychology, sociology, law, political science, economics, or anthropology;

  • Conceptualizing sustainability (change) agency via theoretical development and synthesis;

  •  Providing fresh empirical insights, and/or thorough reviews of existing bodies of knowledge, and/or theoretical developments on sustainability (change) agency;

  • From emerging and leading researchers in the study of sustainability agency, representing facets of sustainability agency from across the globe;

  •  Studying sustainability agency at individual, group, organizational, and/or institutional levels of analysis

Please, find more information behind the following link: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Change_Agency_Sustainability_Transitions

For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/instructions).

With enthusiasm,

Satu, Katariina, Tiina & Marileena

Guest Editors

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Jun
13
to Jun 14

The 3rd Peaceful Coexistence Colloquium on 'After the Anthropocene: Time and Mobility'

Sooner or later, the Earth will reach the end of ‘the Anthropocene’. As the effects of changing climatic regimes impose greater effects on earthbound habitation and ways of being in the present geological epoch known, we would like to consider how humans and/or socio-nature might and should respond. Could we, for example, imagine a time after the Anthropocene, when humans would no longer be the dominant species on the planet? And if so, what would this imply to social organisation? Could we consider the notion of the ‘late Anthropocene’ relevant for discussing the present when humanity – albeit in different place-specific ways – is forced to adapt in radical ways to the challenges that it faces?

Scholarly debate to date has paid relatively little attention to this space-time. Instead, the discussion continues to revolve around questions such as when the human-dominated epoch began; what to call it; who or what is to blame for it; and how might we respond to it in the immediate future. While these questions certainly deserve consideration, effort should also be aimed at questions of how the Anthropocene might come to an end (as a discourse and as an epoch); what post-Anthropocene might look like; and what this might signify for organizing social change, and/or caring for the non-human nature?

In this colloquium, we focus on questions of time and mobility, insofar as these concepts enrich our understandings of what comes after the Anthropocene and how to exit the Anthropocene. Organizers seek workshops, artistic interventions, and academic presentations, and innovative sessions that explore time and mobility after the Anthropocene. In relation to time and/or mobility, possible topics are:

  • Peace, conflict resolution, and non-violence

  • Basic human and non-human needs (food in particular)

  • Human-nature relationships, naturecultures, and socio-natures

  • Utopias and dystopias, as well as mixtures of these two

  • Social movements and resistance

  • Nomadism, immigration, refugees

  • Collapse, survivalism, and anarcho-primitivism

  • Neo-indigenous imaginaries and ecovillages

  • Technology and tools

  • State, governance, policy, and law

  • Cosmology, spirituality, and religion

Just as the Anthropocene marked a global matter-energetic shift, the end of the human epoch also marks significant changes in the deep geological time of the Earth’s history. Different temporal perspective and rhythms might well play a role in how the time after the Anthropocene will unfold. There is a need to begin to conceive time not only in anthropocentric terms, but more holistically, e.g. in terms of rocks. Thus, instead of merely seeking to save the world for future human generations, consideration and care for other animals, plants, and rocks – constituents of the Earth – open up a different time horizon.

A possibility is that the on-going mass movement of people and other earthbound beings will both be an outcome and reason for the new epoch. Furthermore, the travel of earthbound beings beyond the boundaries of Earth –the exploitation of space, is an issue calling for critical reflection. And the mobility of deep geological formations of the Earth merits consideration as well; the movement of lithospheric plates has historically changed the course of life on the planet in a remarkable way. The trouble of moving, living and dying together in the late Anthropocene necessarily brings about new practical and theoretical questions of power, as the recent formulations of ‘geopower’, for instance, cogently demonstrate.

If you would like to present your work at the colloquium, please send an extended abstract of 800-1000 words by 30 January 2019 to the coordinator Toni Ruuska (toni.ruuska@helsinki.fi). Also in case you have any questions about the meeting, please do not hesitate to contact. More information available at the colloquium webpage.

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At the Roots of the Ecological Crisis
Jun
12
2:00 PM14:00

At the Roots of the Ecological Crisis

It is an increasingly accepted fact that economic growth drives climate change and biological annihilation. To solve the ecological crisis, human societies and communities must free themselves from the growth dogma. But why is this is so difficult, and what drives economic growth? 

Welcome to explore the root causes with us.

Programme

14:00–       Welcoming words at the Juuri & Juuri artwork                              

(outdoors, see the map below)

14:15–       Opening ceremony of the artwork

Hannes Hyvönen, Hongos-hirsityöt

The ceremony includes a performance by Climate Choir CO2

15:00– Singing and violin performance by Hanni Autere

(indoors, Viikinkaari 11 - Infokeskus Korona, hall 236, Aud 1)

15:00–      Digging for the roots of the Anthropocene

Pasi Heikkurinen, University of Helsinki

15:20–       How to re-politicise in post-political times?

Kristoffer Wilén, Hanken School of Economics

15:40–       Degrowth and wellbeing

 Tuula Helne, Kela

16:00–       Quit your job and move to the countryside?

Toni Ruuska, University of Helsinki

 

This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration is needed.

This public event is a pre-seminar for the 3rd Peaceful Coexistence Colloquium organized by Sustainable Change Research Network (SUCH) and Meidän metsämme working group together with the University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management.

More information at suchresearch.net // meidänmetsämme.org.

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Jan
18
9:00 AM09:00

SUCH Inaugural Meeting

We are now taking the next steps in giving content to the network by holding the first physical meeting at the University of Helsinki (centre campus). The network is still open to new members. Please feel free to distribute this invitation to your colleagues whom might be interested to join and who you think share our commitment to sustainable change.

Some additional more informal activities are planned for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon for those who are able and willing to stay. It is also important – not least for climate reasons – to enable participation of those who cannot be present physically. Therefore, key parts of the meeting will involve the option to join via ICT (exact time and format will be given later) and comments on outcomes from the meeting will be possible.

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Jan
17
1:00 PM13:00

SUCH Idea Development Workshop (IDW) on ‘Meeting the Anthropocene: How is the New Geological Epoch Relevant to Sustainable Change Research?

This workshop has the dual objective to (1) explore and discuss different research ideas related to the Anthropocene theme and (2) provide input to the network’s activities. As regards the first, you will be given the opportunity to present your ideas of the contemporary society and its development, with a focus on how to go from here. The guiding questions of the workshop are the following: how to adapt to new realities; how to challenge and resist unsustainable structures, processes and lifestyles; and how to communicate your analysis and implications in order to enable sustainable change? This is also intended to give a basis for the discussion and decisions regarding the network’s activities, on which we will be focus on the second day but will most likely begin already in the evening following the workshop.

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