• 02.-04.02.

    Food for Justice

    International Conference: „Climate Change and Social Sciences – What’s going on? What’s to be done?“

    Climate change has become a key theme of our time. While there is enough scientific knowledge and great public awareness, governments and citizens fail to tackle the crisis. Meanwhile, we know that the climate crisis requires not only an ecological transformation but also a profound project of social change, known as socio-ecological transformation. At this conference, our concern relates directly to the societal and political dimension of climate change. What is and should the state and particularly the political system be doing? What to expect from economic actors, societal organizations, social movements, and Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as citizens in this regard? What has been and can be the contribution of the social sciences to the proper consideration and to face up to this looming threat? We bring together scholars working on these issues in order to explore climate change from this broad, theoretical perspective.

    The conference will take place at the Latin American Institute from February 2 to February 4, 2023.

    If you would like to attend the conference, please register:

    You can find the full conference program here.

    Time & Location

    Feb 02, 2023 – Feb 04, 2023

    Lateinamerika Institut
    Rüdesheimerstraße 54-56
    14197 Berlin

    Room 201

    Further Information

  • 15.10.


    Talk: “Welche Natur wird hier (nicht) sichtbar? Überlegungen im Anschluss an die Marxsche Kritik der politischen Ökonomie”

    Miriam Boyer will give a talk on: “Welche Natur wird hier (nicht) sichtbar? Überlegungen im Anschluss an die marxsche Kritik der politischen Ökonomie”.

    Contribution to the workshop: Propertisierung-Kommodifizierung-Kommerzialisierung– Kritische Perspektiven auf Reproduktionsökonomien und Bioökonomie.

    At the Free University of Berlin, on the 15. October 2022.

  • 19.05.
    18:00 - 20:00

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Desiring Energy: Toxic Fantasies of Fuel, Freedom, and Work

    Keynote and Discussion with Cara Daggett (Virginia Tech)

    Zoom webinar

    Energy, work, and power are intertwined, both in the scientific definition of energy (the ability to do work), and in the political manifestation of human-fuel practices. Fossil fuel advocates rely upon the threat of job loss and energy dependency to mobilize affection for oil, coal or gas, but many renewable energy advocates also adopt this framework in calls for a just energy transition. Doing so helps keep modern energy cultures yoked to extractivism. In this talk, I will trace the historical emergence of the relationship between energy and work, focusing upon how work came to be understood and valued as a site of energy transformation. The energy-work ethos informed the emergent fossil fuel culture, wherein technical categories of work and waste intersect with racialized, and gendered, judgments of productivity and sloth. Thinking about energy historically suggests that shifting our fuel cultures will require a corresponding shift in (post)-industrial cultures of work and Western understandings of freedom.

    We warmly invite you to this promising keynote that our Junior Research Group „Mentalities in Flux“ (flumen) is organizing as part of the workshop “Mental infrastructures of modern fossil and bio-based societies”.

    After registration under this link you will receive the login data for the zoom-webinar.

  • 19.-20.05.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Mental Infrastructures of Modern Fossil and Bio-based Societies

    The Junior Research Group ‚Mentalities in flux (flumen)‘ is announcing its upcoming workshop „Mental Infrastructures of Modern Fossil and Bio-based Societies“ that will take place on 19 & 20 May 2022 on-site in Jena. Attached you find a short description and the workshop program.

    Due to the unpredictable covid-19 situation, the number of participants is limited. If you are interested in taking part in the workshop, please write to to Judith Kiss We will compile a waitlist and let you know by the beginning of May 2022. We will also broadcast the workshop via webinar, so you will have the possibility to attend the workshop online.

  • 08.09.
    13:00 - 15:00

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    1st „Scientific Coffee Human-Forest-Relationships“

    Input: Anne Matilainen (University of Helsinki): Feelings of psychological ownership towards forests

    With the “Scientific Coffee” sessions we – the junior research group ,flumen´ and the research project ,Human-forest relationship in Societal Change’ – pursue our cooperation and exchange on the relations between society, humans and forests that we started with the workshop “Contested Society-Nature-Relations. Forest related Emotions, Practices & Conflicts in Times of Societal Change” in May 2021.

    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.

    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 on zoom (link comes with the registration).

    Please give us a quick reply if you plan to attend on September, 8th by registrating at

    We are looking forward to see you at the Scientific Coffee!

    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 with info on your subject (title and short abstract) and a preferred Wednesday (13-15 CET / 14-16 EEST).

  • 06.07.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Online-Konferenz „Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis“

    Die Forschungsgruppe „flumen“ organisiert am 6. Juli 2021 drei Live-Stream-Sessions zu Bioökonomie und Wachstum auf der online-Konferenz „Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis“.

    Growth, Technology and the Bioeconomy (6. Juli, 13:45-15:15 Uhr GMT+1 (UK-Zeit) | in Deutschland: 14:45-16:15 Uhr!)
    – 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. Juli, 13:45-15:15 Uhr GMT+1 (UK-Zeit)| in Deutschland 14:45-16:15 Uhr!)
    – 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. Juli, 15:30-17:00 Uhr GMT+1 (UK-Zeit) | in Deutschland: 16:30-18:00 Uhr!)
    – 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“ ist eine internationale online-Konferenz des International Degrowth Research Networks, der International Society for Ecological Economics und der European Society for Ecological Economics. Sie findet vom 5. bis 8. Juli 2021 online statt und wird organisiert von der Universität Manchester (UK).

    Mehr Infos zur Konferenz allgemein:

    Spreadsheet, das ein aktuelles Programm beinhaltet: (Alle Angaben in GMT+1, dh in deutscher Zeit nochmals +1h)

    Registrierung (kostenlos!):