• 29.01.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Dennis Eversberg contributed to the conference on how to succeed in transformation at the Federal Chancellery

    Dennis Eversberg contributed to the conference “Societal prerequisites for a succesful transformation” that took place on 12. Dezember 2023 at the Federal Chancellery of Germany. By presenting findings of the flumen research, he spoke about “attitudes and mentalities – how people glance at societal change”.

    Read more about the conference here.

  • 04.01.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Interview: “Social Innovations” – Perspectives for a Post-Fossil Era

    Matthias Schmelzer was interviewed by Deutschlandfunk Kultur on December 13, 2023. Listen to the full interview in German here.

  • 04.01.

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    Lilian Pungas Speaks about Sufficiency, Degrowth, and Social-Ecological Transformation in the Bioeconomy at the Bioökonomieforum

    Lilian Pungas was invited to present her flumen research at the Bioeconomy Forum 2023 on December 5, 2023 in the thematic block “Beyond renunciation and promise? Futures of the bioeconomy”. In her presentation “Sufficiency-oriented examples of the bioeconomy – lessons learned from the periphery?”, she addressed sufficiency, degrowth and socio-ecological transformation in relation to the bioeconomy, referring to sub-topics and actors of current bioeconomy strategies that have so far remained invisible. With her case study, she also illustrated that a sufficiency-oriented bioeconomy is usually linked to the question of the good life. Finally, she also emphasized that (eco-)feminist debates and criticism have not been sufficiently (if at all) taken into account in the current German bioeconomy.

    Her presentation can be downloaded from the Bioeconomy Forum website.

  • 22.12.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Flumen – Mentalities in Flux – Media Contributions

    Flumen in the MDR Climate Update issue #91 of 02 June: “And where do you like to bubble around?”

    Read the entire article here.

    „Von Yuppies, Ökos, Egos und dem kleinen Mann” – Interview with Jana Holz and Martin Fritz in the taz

    Read the entire interview here.

    Matthias Schmelzer and Melissa Büttner in “Zeitfragen.Feature” of Deutschlandfunk Kultur: How energy use shapes societies
    Listen to the entire interview here.

    Dennis Eversberg in “Studio 9” in Deutschlandfunk Kultur
    Listen to the entire contribution here.
  • 11.12.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    New reports by the Flumen – Mentalities in Flux research group in 2023

    Transfer Report: Discussions of Possible, Probable, and Preferable Futures of Forests and Forestry in (Central) Finland

    Jana Holz is a researcher and PhD candidate in the BMBF junior research group “Mentalities in flux” (flumen) at the Institute of Sociology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. The Central Finnish municipality of Äänekoski has been the focus area of her qualitative case study on forestry and forest management in Central Finland in the past three years. In May 2023, Jana Holz traveled to Finland with the aim to present preliminary results of her research and to discuss these with local actors, various stakeholders, and scientists from different disciplines.

    Read the full transfer report here.


    Transer Report: Dachas for Future – The Importance of Allotment Gardeners in Sillamaë for a Fossil-Free Future 

    Lilian Pungas is a researcher and PhD candidate in the BMBF junior research group “Mentalities in flux” (flumen) at the Institute of Sociology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. She approaches  dachas as a practice of an agro-ecological circular economy and as a space in which the harsh effects of socio-economic crises can be cushioned.

    Read the full Transfer Report here.

  • 03.12.

    Mentalities in flux (flumen)

    Celebrating international research dialogue – 2nd anniversary of Scientific Coffee Sessions “Human-Forest-Relationship”

    This autumn, our Scientific Coffee Session series “Human-Forest-Relationships” (HFR) celebrated its second anniversary with its 10th edition. The Scientific Coffee Sessions HFR contribute to increase the visibility of humanities and (qualitative) social science research relating to forests, their use and the forest industries. The umbrella under which all the diverse topics and research perspectives come together, is the interest in human-forest-relationships. The presentations and discussions dig into various aspects of that complex and contested relationship concerning forest use, protection, politics, and policies. Especially the public and political debates about forestry have been the subject of the Scientific Coffee Sessions HFR as well as questions relating to ownership, foresters, and marginalized positions. The HFR concept enables an overlapping theme and perspective that brings together interested researchers from diverse disciplines, institutions, and countries.

    The second anniversary this autumn marked a milestone in the international cooperation. The Scientific Coffee Sessions HFR are hosted in a joint effort by the project Mentalities in Flux (flumen) and the Human-Forest Relationship Research Club of the Finnish Society of Forest Science. They were initiated and are still run and moderated by Jana Holz (project researcher and PhD candidate in the project flumen, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany), Tuulikki Halla (project researcher and PhD candidate, University of Eastern Finland), PhD Jaana Laine (Faculty Lecturer, Lappeenranta University of Technology) and Reetta Karhunkorva (Senior Forest Culture Specialist, Lusto Forest Museum).

    For the coming months, the researchers have planned more Scientific Coffee Sessions HFR as well as various conference presentations. Will you be the speaker of the first Scientific Coffee Session HFR in 2024? Please contact jana.holz (ät) or tuulikki.halla (ät) for further information on how to present in the Scientific Coffee Sessions HFR or further questions relating to the collaboration.