Entrance: via Liguria 20
Entrance: via Liguria 20
The conference will be held in English at Istituto Svizzero in Rome and online. Simultaneous translation into Italian will be provided both on site and online.
Via Liguria 20, Rome
LESS IS MORE: Imagining a good life beyond growth
The global environmental crisis is a fact. The urgent need for sustainable solutions to stop environmental damage is more pressing and ubiquitous than ever, and it’s clear that these solutions need to consider both social and environmental justice. While in theory there is a large societal consensus that action is needed within this decade, opinions vary as to what kind of changes are needed, and how to achieve them. In this context, research on ‘degrowth’ or ‘postgrowth’ plays an important role in various research fields and social movements, and forms the basis of a dynamic discussion about the potential and limits to growth.
While advocates of economic growth argue that the solution lies in technological innovation and market mechanisms and that without further growth there is no development and wealth, critics warn that ‘green growth’ is a narrative that is used to displace socio-ecological costs elsewhere, while technology is neither able to repair existent damages and lost resources nor to make people live happier and healthier lives. Degrowth ideas and practices demand to be sustainable both socially and environmentally.
Engaging with contemporary interdisciplinary research on ‘post-growth-societies’, Istituto Svizzero seeks to feature a debate on ‘the limits to growth’. This was the title of a report published by the Think Tank Club of Rome in 1972. In the context of the first environmental movement in the 1970ies it provoked a debate that is seeing a revival in recent academic fields and social movements. What does it take to transform our societies to achieve a more just distribution of resources and more resilient systems, today and for future generations? How can we imagine a good life beyond growth?
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H14:30 ― Welcome Coffee
H15:00 ― Opening and institutional greetings
Maria Böhmer, Istituto Svizzero
Viviana Asara, Università di Ferrara
Viktoria Cologna, Harvard University (online)
H15:15-16:45 ― PANEL 1: ‘Limits to Growth’ today
Moderation: Christina Plank, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
Matthias Schmelzer, University of Flensburg (online), From Limits to Growth to Degrowth and Beyond: Critical historical observations on social-ecological transformation
Julia Steinberger, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, Université de Lausanne, Towards Sufficiency: measuring and modelling the energy for good lives within planetary boundaries
Ugo Bardi, Università di Firenze, member of Club of Rome, The Limits to Growth, 50 years later. Relevance and perspectives
Mamphela Ramphele, co-president Club of Rome, Cape town (online), What have we Learnt and Where to Now?
H16:15 ― Discussion
H16:45 ― Coffee Break
H17:15-18:45 ― PANEL 2: Welfare policies beyond growth
Moderation: Viviana Asara, Università di Ferrara
Matteo Villa, Università di Pisa, How to deal with the ecological paradoxes of welfare systems?
Margaret Haderer, Technische Universität Wien, From Expansive to Sufficient Habitation: A Socio-ecological Necessity, but also a Political Bogeyman
Roberto de Vogli, Università di Padova, Healthy de-growth beyond neoliberalism and economism
Manuela Zechner, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (online), Care beyond growth: between the public and the commons
H18:15 ― Discussion
H18:45 ― Aperitif
H10:30 ― Welcome Coffee
H11:00-12:30 ― PANEL 3: Degrowth in practice
Moderation: Oxana Lopatina, University of Ferrara
Timothée Parrique, School of Economics and Management, Lund universitet (online), Nowtopian initiatives for degrowth
Irmi Seidl, Eidg. Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft WSL, Potentials of work to contribute to degrowth
Francesca Gabbriellini, University of Bologna, Rethinking growth and production from a working-class perspective: recovered enterprises for a just transition
Giulio Mattioli, TU Dortmund University, Sustainable Transport and Degrowth: Unwitting Allies?
H12:00 ― Discussion
H12:30-14:30 ― Break
14:30-16:00 ― PANEL 4: Social movements and fields of action
Moderation: Leonard Creutzburg, Universität Zürich
Michel Cardito, Movimento per la Decrescita Felice, Degrowth trough Social Movements: Experiences from Italy and Europe
Anastasia Linn, Degrowth Switzerland, Degrowth Switzerland: Our Story So Far
Paola Imperatore, Università di Pisa, Territory and conflict: the role of local environmental justice movements within global challenges
Miriam Tola, John Cabot University, Rome, Feeling-thinking with social movements
Marzio Chirico, Fridays For Future, Rome, How climate movements can contribute to degrowth through climate justice?
H15:30 ― Discussion
H16:00 ― Coffee break
H16:30-18:00 ― PANEL 5: Where do we go from here? Future perspectives on Degrowth/Postgrowth in Europe
Moderation: Miriam Tola, John Cabot University, Rome
Onofrio Romano, Università Roma Tre, From ‘Go West’ to ‘Go Waste’. Towards a festive degrowth
Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Vice President Club of Rome, Regenerate the future for a second chance on Earth
Christina Plank, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Degrowth & Strategy
H17:30 ― Discussion & Wrap-up