• 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!):

  • 11.06.
    15:00 - 20:00

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Bioökonomie – und was hat das mit mir zu tun?

    Sebastian Jung Ausstellungseröffnung & Diskussionsveranstaltung

    Einladung zum Start des Wissenschafts-Kunstprojektes „Bio Bio SUV“ der Nachwuchsgruppe flumen

    im Botanischen Garten Jena, 11. Juni 2021

    Soft-Opening: 15 – 20 Uhr

    Diskussionsveranstaltung: 17 – 18:30 Uhr, mit Olaf Schubert (Stadtforst Jena), Reinhard Guthke (Bürgerenergie Jena /Thüringen), Samira Lambertz (Klimaentscheid Jena) & Thomas Hering (Experte für nachwachsende Rohstoffe, Thüringer Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft), mehr Informationen

    Einleitung: Sophia Pietryga (Kuratorin der Ausstellung)
    Moderation: Judith Kiss (flumen)

    Im Zuge des Wissenschaftsjahres realisiert Sebastian Jung mit der Nachwuchsgruppe „Mentalitäten im Fluss“ (flumen) der Universität Jena im Botanischen Garten der Uni Jena und im Museum Starnberger See zwei Ausstellungsinterventionen. In Skulpturen und Zeichnungen wird das Thema Bioökonomie auf künstlerische Art untersucht. Sebastian Jung nimmt sich des menschlichen Blicks auf Natur und Heimat an und lenkt ihn mit künstlerischen Mitteln. Durch das Mittel der Intervention wird mit Pinguinen, Paradiesvögeln und Holzautos ein Irritationsmoment an einen Ort gebracht, an dem sich gesellschaftliches Leben abspielt. Teil der künstlerischen Geste im Projekt ist außerdem ein zehnköpfiger wissenschaftlicher Think Tank, der sich mit Fragen rund um die Rolle von Mentalitäten beim Übergang zur Bioökonomie, in der Rohstoffe und Energie statt aus fossilen aus biobasierten Grundstoffen gewonnen werden, auseinandersetzt. In Diskussionsgesprächen in Jena und Starnberg greift flumen diese Fragen zusammen mit Pratiker:innen und Forscher:innen sowie dem öffentlichen Publikum nochmals auf.

  • 27.-28.05.
    18:00 - 20:00

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Online-Workshop „Contested Society-Nature-Relations. Forest related Emotions, Practices and Conflicts in Times of Societal Change“

    The Junior Research Group „Mentalities in Flux“ (flumen) in cooperation with the ‘Human-forest relationship in Societal Change’ – Research Project (University of Helsinki & University of Eastern Finland) organise the multidisciplinary workshop on contested society-nature-relations in order to discuss the changing relationships between individuals, society as a whole, and nature – especially forests – in times of societal change.

    Programme, registration procedure and more information can be found on the flumen website.

    Different human-forest-relationships mirror different values and attitudes of individuals and societies towards forests and various forms of forest usage and exploitation. They are subject to transformations over time, provoked for instance by global land use changes, degradation of (forest) land or the valorization of forests and their possible implications. Human-forest-relationships are an interesting matter for studying societal and political debates as well as economic and political power relations. The workshop is embedded in a research cooperation between Finnish and German-speaking researchers.

    As part of the workshop, we invite all participants and the interested public to join us for a public event in the evening of the 27th of May 2021 (in Finnish and German). Together with experts from both countries we will discuss the role of emotions and relations to forests for a sustainable future.