C.4 Activist Research in and for Degrowth

Methods, Theories, Experiences.

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The course introduces into the methods and the theoretical underpinnings of activist/engaged/militant research in and for Degrowth. It covers the various approaches of activist degrowth-research such as on Environmental Justice Organisations (Martinez-Allier et al. 2011), ecological economics and eco-communities (Cattaneo and Mauro 2015, Cattaneo 2006), economies of trust and solidarity (Grasseni 2014) and others. Beyond that we are also concerned with activist degrowth-research in more general terms as a 'post-normal' (D'Alisa/Kallis 2015) and 'post-representational' science (Demmer/Hummel 2017) and as 'Research in Direct Action' (Graeber 2009). In addition activist researchers on degrowth (Claudio Cattaneo) and EJOs (Marta Conde, Beatrice Rodriguez-Labajos) are invited as guests to share with us their experiences and insights.
We ask what are the methods and tools? What other tools do we need and imagine as useful? And how does activist research differ from 'normal' science epistemologically/theoretically? Who is practising activist research and where (in universities, socio-ecological movements, in direct action, processes of transitions...), and for and with whom (stake-holders, peers, the 'public', experts)? Eventually we will also see what kind of knowledges are involved and whether disciplinary boundaries are meaningful any longer once we are on the way towards a politically and ethically positioned sustainability science for degrowth being fed and informed by various 'streams' of knowledges.


The course has a flexible framework allowing our joint work and discussions to evolve according to our needs and knowledges. We can use a variety of methods such as impulse- or group presentations, plenary discussions, work in small groups or the joint pooling of results with flip-charts or improvised paper-boards. Definitely we will allow room for creative time-spaces, where we can perform knowledge such as the theatre-forum, or we experiment with presenting abstract or emotional ideas through our bodies and enacted mini-plays. In addition we want to give room to imagine new ideas and/or our own projects (individually or in groups). The clima-camp itself could be used as a research field/project site for our own activist research on the spot: what kind of inquiries can we imagine here? For what political and socio-ecological transformations? With and for whom could we actually work with on that site? The streets, workers, neighbourhoods, in bars?
A Reader is provided with (passages) of the main texts to be worked with during the course.


Day: 2017-08-21
Start time: 10:00
Duration: 02:30
Room: Zelt 12 / tent 12
Track: Kurse / Courses
Languages: en

Concurrent Events

Zelt 21 / tent 21
Die Revolution ist weiblich. Die kurdische Frauenfreiheitsbewegung in Rojava und Nordkurdistan
Zelt 1 / tent 1
A.1 Klimawandel und Strukturpolitik
Zelt 2 / tent 2
A.2 Neue Ideen für das Rheinland
Zelt 3 / tent 3
A.3 Just Transition
Zelt 4 / tent 4
A.4 Corporate power, Fossil fuels and the Energy Transition:
Zelt 5 / tent 5
B.1 Psychologie im Umweltschutz
Zelt 6 / tent 6
B.2 Creating a Climate for Change
Zelt 7 / tent 7
B.3 The Psychology of Degrowth
Zelt 8 / tent 8
B.4 How to face the perfect problem?
Zelt 9 / tent 9
C.1 Gemeinsam aktiv
Zelt 10 / tent 10
C.2 Utopische Wissenswerkstatt
Zelt 11 / tent 11
C.3 Limits and potentials of social movements for socio-ecological transformation
Zelt 13 / tent 13
C.5 Von den Sustainable Development Goals zu einer sozial-ökologischen Transformation
Zelt 14 / tent 14
C.6 Experiences of skills for micro system change and projection’s path to a macro system change
Zelt 15 / tent 15
C.7 Naturverhältnisse und Degrowth im Staatssozialismus
Zelt 16 / tent 16
C.8 Kurswechsel 1.5 Grad
Zelt 17 / tent 17
C.9 Design Thinking for Sustainability
Zelt 18 / tent 18
C.10 Transformatives Organizing
Zelt 19 / tent 19
C.11 SoftwareFreedomyourway
Radio-Zelt / radio tent
C.12 Rheinland Resistance Radio
Zelt 23 / tent 23
Mit der Care-Revolution zur klimafreundlichen Postwachstumsgesellschaft
Zelt 24 / tent 24
ver.di-Studie zum sozialverträglichen Ausstieg aus der Kohleverstromung
Zelt 22 / tent 22
Back to the future: Rätedemokratie als Alternative für (Re-)Produktion und Politik
Zeit, Beschleunigung, Klimawandel, Entschleunigung