MONDAY 3. 9.

INTRODUCTION PART

8:00 – 9:30 REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS

9:30 - 10:30 WELCOME SPEECHES

10:30 - 11:00 Break 

ISS PE is an event conceived not only as a transfer of knowledge from a treasury of global knowledge to the local level, or from those “who know” to those who don’t. In this sense it is not a classical summer school, but is understood as a communicational form where diverse minds will intertwine, where deliberation will happen, and where deepened consideration of questions which come with experiencing the world - the only one we know, and which denies us - will occur. The highlight of this introductory keynote will be a reflection on the practices of the Eco-collective, which resists this denial and demands changes on multiple levels, foremostly where it is most interlaced with spider’s webs. In this spirit the Eco-collective has organically grown with the idea of the ISS PE as a decadal project, beginning its realization this year

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICTS AND POLITICAL ECOLOGY IN PRACTICE

Social Movements, Fossil Fuel Extraction, and Renewable Energy Transitions: Localized Contention or Systematic Resistance? This presentation provides an overview of a range of episodes of contention around the fossil fuel industry and renewable energy transitions in Canada and Europe. We will examine who are the key actors that engage in mobilization against the energy sector, and the forms of critique they adopt. From this overview of various moments of contention, we see three main things. First, that there is a range of bases for mobilizing against the energy sector, ranging from localized controversies that seek to protect existing social-ecological relationships to broader anti-systemic critiques of fossil fuel-based energy systems and economies. Second, that Indigenous movements and environmental movements provide different bases of mobilization and forms of critique to the energy sector. Finally, that by paying attention to points of contention related to both oil and gas extraction as well as renewable energy development, we see that there is no “innocent energy.” Rather, there is a need for more holistic and systemic energy justice perspectives on fossil fuel extraction and renewable energy transitions.

15:30 – 16:00 Break 

Through dialogue we will familiarize ourselves with the work of mr. Tomaševič – an activist, researcher and politician, active through the Institute of Political Ecology and as a city councilor of the green-left political platform “Zagreb je naš”(Eng. Zagreb is ours) in Croatia. We will be discussing key environmental and societal problematiques in the region, learn about Tomislav's previous experiences with environmental struggles, and the position of environmental civil society, its power and modes of operation. We will be talking about operational limitations of working inside various structures, and will be opening the question: What is the view from the inside – from the position of a city councilor of Zagreb. Where does activism stops and politics begin?

EVENING PROGRAMME

Documentary film Resistance talks about activities of the Eko krog Society and their struggle with the Lafarge Cement factory. We recommend wathicng the mobie as it focudes on the work of Eko krog Society, which we will be discussing with Eko krog’s president Uroš Macerl on Tuesday (16:00).

Where: Large lecture room, Faculty of Social Sciences

Language: Slovene with English subtitles

Fee: Free

Desirable prior registration (at info point)

Where: Large lecture room, Faculty of Social Sciences

Fee: Free

TUESDAY 4. 9.

CRITICAL REFLECTION ON THE EXISTING SYSTEM

The presentation gives us the opportunity to talk about the current interlinked economic, political and environmental crises and the need for a Great Transformation.

10:30 - 11:00 Break 

This talk will explore the theory and practice of Social Ecology, an interdisciplinary approach to critically understanding the intertwined sources of the current ecological and social crisis, and, additionally the oppositional and reconstructive approaches being pursued by Social Ecologists in diverse communities around the world, including the Rojava Revolution in Kurdistan and the growing Municipalist movement in the U.S.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

MEANING OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

The presentation will focus on the contemporary role environmental NGOs have in relation to some of the most pressing environmental issues, also in the view of the current crisis in democratic structures and institutions. The talk will address the changing nature of mobilisation strategies ENGO apply and will look closer into a going trend for ENGO to engage in mobilisation that is knowledge dependent and driven by expertise in specific domain areas. Two empirical cases - highly industrialised districts in Trieste and Taranto (Italy) - will be presented. The talk will analyse when, how and in which way knowledge about human health and information about epidemiological trends was/is used for the bottom-up approach to exert pressure, challenge established power structures and pursue transformative change that includes environmental and social justice. The talk will provide a perspective on the emancipatory potential of civil society, and more specifically of ENGO.

15:30 – 16:00 Break 

Eko krog is a society for nature conservation and environmental protection. When mr. Macerl was awarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2017, Eko krog Society, in particular, received special Goldman Environmental Prize recognition for its role in the work for which mr. Macerl was awarded. The main purpose of the conversation with Uroš is to get an analytical insight into the functioning of the Eko krog Society, in which Uroš’s individual role is not the only one that is important; the role and action of all the other members of the Eko krog and it's sympathizers are very important as well. Uroš will therefore explain on how the Eko krog society thinks and acts as a collective body. Participants are advised to watch the projection of the documentary film Upor (on the public action of the Eko krog Society) before the conversation with Uroš. Projection of the documentary will be broadcasted on 3rd September 2018 at 7.00 pm at the Faculty of Social Sciences as a part of the evening programme of the summer school

EVENING PROGRAMME

The game is a result of an ongoing transdisciplinary research project that combines alternative economic and governance narratives, theories of change and foresight methods as game mechanics. During this "gamestorming" session we will playtest, but also critique and iterate on a board game prototype, and discuss implications of more unconventional forms of emancipatory praxis

Where: Okoljski center, Trubarjeva 50, Ljubljana

language: English & Slovene

Fee: Free

Desirable prior registration (limited to 20-25 participants) (registration at info point)

If you’d like to check out the quirky, avant-pop and wtf?! side of Ljubljana, this is the tour for you. It’s filled with alternative art, indie lifestyles, and engaged politics. Combining street culture and historic monuments, it reveals avant-garde places hidden behind the enchanting facades of the Old Town. Our guides will inform you daily of all the cool concerts and pop-up exhibitions in the city, while taking you into the heart of both Metelkova and Rog Factory.

More information and a map of the tour on: https://www.ljubljanaurbantours.com/ljubljana-alternative-tour-private/ 

Meeting point: Stari trg 34 (by the fountain), Ljubljana (length: 2,5 km). Ending point: Metelkova

Language: English

Fee: 10 EUR

Desirable prior registration (at info point)

Throw capitalism into the basket: basketball tournament 3 vs. 3. Teams will be constituted at the event, so you can subscribe individually. Women’s basketball will be organized in case of at least six female subscriptions.

Where: Outdoor basketball court, Center Stožice, Vojkova 10, Ljubljana

Fee: Free

Desirable prior registration (at info point)

Where: Metelkova ulica 2, Ljubljana

Language: English & Slovene

WEDNESDAY 5. 9.

ALTERNATIVE NOTIONS OF DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIETAL ORGANIZATION

This session will start with a common-pool resource experiment developed by Elinor Ostrom and administered in classes in the Ostrom Workshop, Indiana University. The purpose of the experiment is to provide participants with first-hand experience with key challenges in managing and governing common pool resources. After completing the experiment, the presenter will draw on various cases of commons governance, varying from local commons (maintenance of shared open spaces) to regional commons (estuaries), to global commons (global climate change mitigation). The presentation will focus on core governance challenges including availability of information, values, social capital, and perception of effectiveness and fairness.

10:30 - 11:00 Break 

"Degrowth" has emerged over the last 15 years. This "bomb word" has been used to open in-depth debates on whether infinite growth in a finite world is desirable or even possible. Degrowth questions sustainable development, warns about a potential crisis of civilization and answers this by exploring alternative and coherent solutions on different levels. With a multidimensional understanding of the interconnected challenges we face, degrowth questions how could we implement democratic and serene transitions toward new relocalized but connected models of society based on social and environmental justice.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

The emergence and flourishing of eco-aesthetics in China in the 21st century is a historical necessity responding to the new age of Eco-civilization. The transformation from industrial civilization to eco-civilization is not only a significant economic and social transformation, but also a transformation from traditional anthropocentrism to eco-humanism or eco-holism, and a transformation from traditional aesthetics of subjectivity to aesthetics of ecological existence. Chinese eco-aesthetics borrows a lot of theoretical resources from traditional Chinese ecological wisdom, which is summarized as Ecosophy C. The life in traditional Chinese aesthetics based on the ontology of qi is not only human life, as discussed in the Western aesthetics of life, but life of all creatures embodied in the idea of “the unity of everything”. Ultimately speaking, eco-aesthetics is an eco-friendly ethical-aesthetic paradigm in the age of eco-civilization, with the focus on the health of biosphere as a community of all creatures.

15:30 – 16:00 Break 

Technological innovations appear as important, by many as the only possible way of solving environmental problems. Not only technological innovation, but also any other changes in sciense, society and economy or culture are not value neutral. Some of them are more harmful than other, one have more interest than other, some animal and botanical species are more harmed than other. In this sense innovative processes can not be perceived as natural processes, that have no alternative. The need of innovative solutions on different fields of human activity and life is present, and possible changes need to be reconsidered also in the light of ethics. Reconsideration is needed most where it seems that things are less problematic, for instance the second law of thermodynamics.

EVENING PROGRAMME

The tour will take us through both some highlights and underbelly of social and socio-ecological initiatives in Ljubljana. We will check out a local cooperative community garden Onkraj Gradbišča, make our way by foot through neighbourhood Savska (an attempted participatory urban renewal project) and arrive at a "library of things" (Knjižnica Reči), where we will also hear about an upcycling and charity initiative Izmenjevalnica and housing cooperative Zadrugator.

Meeting point: Resljeva 32-34 (Onkraj Gradbišča), Ljubljana

language: English & Slovene

Fee: Free

Desirable prior registration (limited to 30 participants) (registration at info point)

Contact: Rok (+386 40 433 634)

Where: Metelkova ulica 2, Ljubljana

language: English & Slovene

THURSDAY 6. 9.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENTS

Most Environmental Justice (EJ) theories refer to the disproportionate exposure of minority-communities of people of color, women and the dispossessed poor of the world - to hazardous toxic damage and inequalities. As a result, it is often the case that EJ research and institutional work is caught in endless efforts to measure and evidence the social, health, and environmental risks of “browning” communities in order to seek compensations and remediation plans. While acknowledging the need to tackle the underlying political and economic root-causes of socio-environmental injustices, EJ reproduces deontological (right-based) and consequentialist (goal-based) forms of social justice in an attempt to document multiple forms of racism and discrimination. In this paper, we engage critically with this approach to show the risks of rights-based distributive politics of environmental justice. Our starting observation is that, taken together, these “minorities” form a majority of the world population which have been historically struggling to survive capitalist enclosure, dispossession and destitution. A “minor majority” of minority communities around the world are becoming the new class of “3-nothings” – no land, no job and no security’ beneath the eyes of compassionate charities. This disposable class forces all of us, from various ‘classes’ to ask ourselves: ‘what on Earth are we Working for?’ It illustrates the consequences of neo-liberal policies of pauperism as a condition of capitalist reproduction. We illustrate it using various examples from social-ecological movements in Eastern Europe.

10:30 - 11:00 Break 

Critical civil society has always been the subject of pressures from many sides, however in recent years there is a noticeable downward trend. The space for functioning of and cooperation among environmental organizations and civil initiatives is shrinking, while they should represent important stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of environmental and other policies. This round table will open up questions: Why is civil society important? How do we protect civil society space? Can we speak of a shrinking space for civil society in Slovenia? What is happening with critical civil society in our region and other regions around the world? What are the barriers to voicing critique in different regions and contexts? Panelists: Gaja Brecelj (Umanotera, the Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development), Mateja Kraševec (Humanitas), Senka Šifkovič Vrbica (Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs - PIC), dr. Lana Zdravković (The Peace Instiutte) and dr. Lidija Živčič (Focus Association for Sustainable Development).

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

ECOFEMINISM

The talk will map recent social movement responses to globalisation and its impacts on justice and ecology. It will distinguish ecofeminism from other radical paradigms such as deep ecology, social ecology, eco-socialism, green economics, and it will contrast ecofeminism with other approaches to women's emancipation. The presentation will outline the political and intellectual history of ecofeminism, drawing on key activists, thinkers, and texts, to illustrate its foundational premises. Ecofeminism originates in grassroots women's resistance to contemporary capitalist patriarchal institutions that threaten the reproduction of everyday life. It knows no borders, for care labour and sustainability is cross-cultural. In addition to activism, ecofeminism can be applied as a sociology of knowledge, entailing critiques of science, modernist development models, even ecological economics and Marx.

15:30 – 16:00 Break 

REFLECTIONS OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL

At this final round table, together with Summer School speakers we will reflect on the themes discussed throughout the week. We will relate this discussion to the current political context, where the classical eco-political question of “how do we transform the societal order and practices into sustainable direction?” was replaced by the unspoken post-ecological question of »how can we govern ecological issues and consequences, so as to maintain societal structures and lifestyles, for which it is known that they are unsustainable?«. Is the right question here “What is the place of ecology in politics?” or “What is the place of politics in ecology?”

EVENING PROGRAMME

Guided tour in English of "Heavenly Beings: Neither Human nor Animal" at the Musem of Contemporary Art Metelkova Slovenia. About the exhibition: People as much as flora and fauna are affected by climate change. That comes from the fact that we are solely raw material for further production and not human beings striving for freedom and harmony. All of these produce a desire for an escape from unbearable conditions and a struggle for a revolt. If we follow the indirect message of our artists, we might conceive a collective revolt of all beings in the world. Can human beings revolt with fauna and flora together?

Where: Muzej sodobne umetnosti Metelkova, Maistrova 3, Ljubljana

Language: English

Fee: 5-10 EUR

Desirable prior registration (at info point)

Description: This poetic and deeply personal documentary is a gentle love story between the residents of Šoštanj and their fading town. A reputable writer is struggling with the ghosts of his family while a group of dreamers at the top of the hill suffering from ill health hope for happiness. One of them, a successful entrepeneur, reconsiders her career upon seeing the rise of her daughter's budding career as a singer. Doubts also torture an underwater construction worker who wants to show his son the dark and mysterious lake. All these people live in Sostanj, where the largest thermal power plant in Slovenia has been operating for decades. The construction of a new power plant, marked by corruption, financial dirty dealing and environmental damage has extended its existence in the coming decades. In the lake nearby, artificially created through coal excavation and resulting in the sinking of the old part of town, lie the memories of its inhabitants – and perhaps even signs of its future.

Where: Okoljski center, Trubarjeva 50, Ljubljana

Language: Slovene with English subtitles

Fee: Free

Desirable prior registration (at info point)

Get ready to put on a pair of feminist glasses because you’re about to read Ljubljana through a gender perspective. With a pinch of queer and non-binary interpretations, this is a journey through pre-socialist and socialist struggles for women’s rights, as well as present-day gender issues in Slovenian society. Showcasing iconic female artists, urban architects, political leaders and the Women’s Anti-Fascist Front, this is probably the only regular feminist tour in the world! More information and a map of the tour on: http://www.ljubljanaalternativetours.com/ljubljana-feminist-tour/

Meeting point: Stari trg 34Stari trg 34 (by the fountain), Ljubljana (lenght: 2,5 km). Ending point: Town Hall.

Language: English

Fee: 10 EUR

Desirable prior registration (at info point)

Where: Metelkova ulica 10, Ljubljana

language: English & Slovene

FRIDAY 7. 9.

On the PhD Students' Seminar the accredited students are going to present their paper drafts. The intention of the seminar is to upgrade drafts through commentaries and questions from speakers and audience. The final papers are going to be published in Collection of papers from the International Summer School of Political Ecology

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

At numerous faculties and academies of the University of Ljubljana, students write their theses on environmental issues. These works are at the moment not thought through comprehensively, in-depth and in relation to the theses done by students from other faculties. Therefore, with the students' environmental symposium, we want to open a space for presentations of theses in the field of environmental social sciences from various faculties of the University of Ljubljana. At the same time, we would like to stimulate a discussion about further environment-oriented student production and the need for greater cooperation between disciplines in more systemic addressing of environmental issues.

SPEAKERS

DAN CHODORKOFF

is former college professor, writer and co-founder of The Institute for Social Ecology. His writings and academic research is focused mainly on on the integration of alternative technologies like solar energy, wind energy, and community gardens into grassroots community development efforts, enviromental justice issues and social ecology.

NIVES DOLŠAK

is associate director and professor at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington. Her main research areas are policy process & analysis, enviromental law & policy and climate change.

CHRISTOPH GÖRG

is a profesor of social ecology at the Institut for Social Ecology, Alpen-Adria University in Klagenfurt. His fields of research include social-ecological transformations, conceptual work on societal relations with nature, multi-scalar environmental politics and ecosystem services.

VINCENT LIEGEY

is co-author of A Degrowth Project (Sanje, 2014), spokesperson of the French Degrowth movement, engineer and interdisciplinary researcher and coordinator of the Degrowth inspired Cargonomia social cooperative, center for sustainable logistical solutions and local food distribution by cargobikes in Budapest. He is also the coordinator of the international Degrowth conference (the next ones will take place in Mexico City, Malmö and in the European Parliament in 2018).

ROMINA RODELA

is a researcher working at the School of natural sciences, technology and enviromental studies, Södertörn University. She is mainly focused on intedisciplinary field of enviromental governance with a research interest in participatory approaches, collective action and social learning.

ARIEL SALLEH

is Visiting Professor in Culture, Philosophy & Environment, Nelson Mandela University; Senior Fellow in Post-Growth Societies, Friedrich Schiller University and Research Associate in Political Economy, University of Sydney. Her academic writing is mainly focused on humanity-nature relations, social change movements, and ecofeminism.

MARK CJ STODDART

is associate proffesor at department for sociology of Newfoundland and Labrador’s University. His main academic interests are environmental sociology, social movements, communication and culture, tourism, sport and recreation.

IRINA VELICU

is a political scientist working at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. Her research interests revolve around the issues of socio-environmental justice, equality and social transformation.

CHENG XIANGZHAN

is a professor of aesthetics at the School of Literature and Communication at Shandong University, China, and a deputy director of Shandong University Research Center for Literary Theory and Aesthetics. His fields of research include the history of Chinese aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, ecological aesthetics.

ANDREJ DETELA

is researcher in the field of theoretical physics, inventor, philosopher and writer. His basic activity is young scientific field called syntrophy (self-organizational ability of nature, which exceeds law of entrophy and in this way gives to our being-in-world a new significance and sense). In the field of ecology he invented new types of electromotors for a new generation of electric vehicles. He works by the principles of orfic unity of science, art and spirituality. He is convinced that with sensible and attentive dialogue between nature and human we can beneficially affect our lives in material and spiritual sense.

ANDREJ A. LUKŠIČ

is a lecturer in theoretical and methodological studies in the Department of Political Science at Faculty of Social Sciences and Director of the Institute of Ecology. His primary research interests are democratization in the context of technological development (including e-democracy) and of high-risk technologies with emphasis on political and environmental dimensions. He published the book "Risk technology: a challenge to democracy" (1999) and he is the (co-)author of a series of articles in the above mentioned fields. He managed several interdisciplinary research projects and numerous projects designed to raise environmental and democratic awareness of the general public.

UROŠ MACERL

is the president of Eko krog society (En. “Eco circle”), which was found in 2005 in Zasavje region. The society Eko krog is publicly widely known for addressing environmental issues in Zasavje and for the struggle in legal procedures regarding disputable environmental permissions for burning “alternative fuels” issued for the factory Lafarge Cement in the town Trbovlje. Uroš was as a farmer, whose parcel is bordering the area of the factory, a party involved in legal proceedings and with help of Eko krog society and NGOs (Focus and Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs) for several times succeeded in lawsuits against Lafarge Cement. In 2017, Uroš was awarded with the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for outstanding environmental achievement in Europe.

TOMISLAV TOMAŠEVIĆ

completed a BA and MA in Political Science at the University of Zagreb and MPhil in Environment, Society and Development at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are related to commons, transformation of public services, critical urban theory, environmental justice and social movements. Tomislav was the president of Croatian Youth Network, president of Zelena akcija / Friends of the Earth Croatia and co-founder of Right to the City, with which he is currently a city councilor in the City of Zagreb. He works at the Institute for Political Ecology.

This project is co-funded by Eco Fund, p.f. and Ministry of the Environment and Spatial planning

CONTACT

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