The workshop aims at examining changes of social structures that shape rural life and livelihoods and the subjectivities of rural people. By social structures, we mean those structuring principles of society which are, in general, difficult to transform, in the short term, by individual and collective action. In capitalist societies, these are primarily social relations of capital and labour, i.e. class relations manifested in differentiated positions in the production process and differentiated access to and ownership of resources, e.g. land, technology, seeds, and labour. Class relations, as a matter of course, intersect with manifold other social relations, such gender, generation, race, ethnicity, etc.
Location: Hotel Aquino Tagungszentrum, Hannoversche Straße 5b, 10115 Berlin
Michael Watts (UC Berkeley) will examine two forms of “catastrophic environmental events”: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and the serial oil spills (many thousands since 1970) in the Niger Delta, Nigeria which lead the World Wildlife Fund to describe the regions as “the most polluted on the face of the earth”.
Location: Freie Universität Berlin, Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Ihnestr. 21, lecture hall A, 14195 Berlin
"Stopping La Colosa, reclaiming our territory", a video documentation from Hanna Thiesing and Kristina Dietz was selected to be presented at the International Activist Documentary Film Festival "Mov(i)e Activism", which is taking place from 03 - 05 may 2018 in Berlin. "Stopping La Colosa, reclaiming our territory" talks in seven chapter about the popular consultations on the protest against the gold mining mega project "La Colosa" in Tolima department, Colombia.
Location: Bootshaus, Wilhelmine-Gemberg-Weg, 10179 Berlin
This international symposium deals with conflicts over resources - for instance, regarding mining and land - that are related to contemporary political-economic and socio-ecological crises. The symposium focuses on four themes: theory and concepts; the role of the state; social relations; and transformation from below. The aim of the symposium is to bring together scholars from different fields of research and world regions to enhance our knowledge of the linkages between conflicts and global crises, the role of the state, the interrelations between conflicts over resources and social relations, and transformations from below. Central questions of the symposium are: How can we conceptualise the link between global crises and conflicts over resources? What is the role of state agents in conflicts over resources? How do social relations unfold and become transformed in conflicts over resources? What and where are the potentials for social change from below in conflicts over resources? Speakers Shalini Randeria (keynote), Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Manuela Boatcă, Ulrich Brand, Jan Brunner, Kristina Dietz, Marc Edelman, Bettina Engels, Kristina Großmann, Andrew Herod, Oliver Pye, Ian Scoones, Mario Schenk, Verónica Schild, Eric Vanhaute, Giorgos Velegrakis Documentation of the II International Symposium More detailed information on the II International Symposium Programme for Download Book of Abstracts Flyer for Download Poster for Download
Location: Freie Universität Berlin, Harnack-Haus Tagungsstätte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Ihnestr. 16-20, 14195 Berlin
During the one-day workshop on 12 May 2017 the GLOCON team will discuss the use but also the limits of Critical Agrarian Studies for the analysis of current conflicts over the expansion of the agricultural industry and mining. With participants from Argentina, Columbia, Mexico, Canada, The Philippines, Great Britain, Belgium and Germany,
The international symposium addresses these conflicts with a focus on four thematic dimensions: spatiality; state, authority and citizenship; labor; social movements. The aim of the symposium is to bring together scholars from different fields of research, to further the exchange on conceptual approaches to conflicts over land and to compare empirical findings across world regions.
Location: Freie Universität Berlin, Harnack-Haus, The Conference Venue of the Max Planck Society Ihnestr. 16-20 14195 Berlin
According to prognosis the worldwide need for copper will increase by 260 per cent until 2030. Germany is the leading copper consumer among the EU members and holds rank three in worldwide comparison. Against this backdrop the junior research group "Global Change - Local Conflicts?" (GLOCON, FU Berlin) in cooperation with Misereor, PowerShift e.V. and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung published a policy study about transparancy and responsibility along the supply chain.