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November 2020

Covid-19 and development: the politics of uncertainty

12th November 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This event was part of the Sussex Development Lectures. Why is uncertainty so important to politics today? From finance and technology to climate change, pandemics, migration and security, what the future holds feels increasingly uncertain and demands alternative approaches. If hopes of much-needed progressive transformations are to be realised, then current blinkered understandings of uncertainty need to be met with renewed democratic struggle. Exploring how uncertainties are experienced in the context of marginalisation and precarity, Andy Stirling in conversation with…

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Communities, technologies and democratic innovation

12th November 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UGbxHNiMR0 Fusebox director Phil Jones interviewed Prof Andy Stirling and Prof Adrian Smith in a roundtable discussion. They talked about the importance and challenges around democratising innovation, and how people around the world are already practicing new forms of innovation and demanding better from existing innovation institutions. They explored why technology and the kinds of digital futures explored at Fusebox and elsewhere, are deeply social matters, and how the politics of such innovation demands democratic approaches in technology. Andy and…

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Politics of Nature reading group: Indigenous Climate Change Studies

3rd November 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join us for an online discussion on readings related to the politics of nature. This month, the readings are: Indigenous Climate Change Studies: Indigenizing Futures, Decolonizing the Anthropocene by Kyle Whyte Read this article (PDF) Decolonization is not a metaphor by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang Read this article (PDF) How to join To join the PoN email list and / or get access to the Zoom links and readings for this group, please send an email to Andrea…

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September 2020

Contested Natures: POLLEN 2020 conference

22nd September 2020 @ 8:00 am

Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) 22-25 September 2020 Brighton, UK #POLLEN20 The Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network, Contested Natures: Power, Politics, Prefiguration, was held online from 22 – 25 September 2020. Visit the conference platform Video: Keynote sessions Use the playlist below to browse video of the keynote sessions at the conference. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLI8qkz1i11OT0kiSiHnjJCyuStGO4RKM_ Programme You can now view the programme for POLLEN20 at a glance. Most sessions are…

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July 2020

Webinar: Transformations in and beyond Covid-19 in India and Bangladesh

16th July 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

11.00 UTC · 12.00 UK · 16.30 India · 17.00 Bangladesh Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u87JAXv5HZo About this event Flyer (PDF) This event is convened by the TAPESTRY project. The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted almost all aspects of life in India and Bangladesh. Apart from the immediate impacts on victims of the virus, the lockdowns imposed by governments have affected the mobility, income, food security, and livelihoods of millions. For people in so-called ‘marginal’ environments, in coastal and dryland areas, Covid-19 adds to…

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ONLINE SEMINAR: Sango Mahanty – ‘Rupture: Conceptualising Nature-Society Transformation’

1st July 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

This event is the first in a series of online talks on the STEPS Centre’s ‘Natures’ theme. Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHjQyVEXB-c About this event Rupture: Conceptualising Nature-Society Transformation* Sango Mahanty Resources, Environment and Development Program, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University *Based on a forthcoming paper with Sarah Milne, Keith Barney, Phuc Xuan To, Philip Hirsch and Wolfram Dressler This webinar will present a forthcoming paper from our collaborative project on Rupture. Christian Lund (2016) used the concept of…

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May 2020

*Postponed* STEPS Annual Lecture: Andrea J Nightingale

12th May 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Fulton A Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RH United Kingdom
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* UPDATE, 18 MARCH 2020 * We are sorry that this event has been indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bounding unruly landscapes: future imaginaries and socioenvironmental change 2020 STEPS Annual Lecture Andrea J Nightingale Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo Fulton A Lecture Theatre University of Sussex Falmer, Brighton This event will be open to the public and includes a drinks reception after the lecture. It is the only public event of…

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[Postponed] STEPS Summer School 2020

11th May 2020 @ 8:00 am - 22nd May 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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The ninth and final STEPS Summer School on Pathways to Sustainability was due to take place on 11-22 May 2020, but has been postponed until the following year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Participants will explore the theme of pathways to sustainability through a mixture of workshops, lectures, outdoor events and focused interaction with STEPS Centre members. The Summer School takes place on the University of Sussex campus, near Brighton, UK, where STEPS is co-hosted by the Institute of Development Studies and…

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November 2019

Why embracing uncertainty means rethinking development and reimagining the future

14th November 2019 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wkL_5h1-o4 CRC Future Rural Africa Lecture Series Universität Bonn, GIUB Lecture by Ian Scoones, Institute of Development Studies/ESRC STEPS Centre/ERC PASTRES project This talk makes the argument for putting uncertainty at the centre of thinking and practice in development. This means rejecting a linear, technocratic framing and embracing the implications of uncertainty for today’s complex, dynamic world. Through a number of examples – from the fields of banking, critical infrastructures and disease control – the elements of new thinking on…

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October 2019

Applying Technologies of the Self in Transformation Labs to Mobilize Agency

17th October 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This is a presentation from members of the Pathways network  as part of the Parallel T-Practice Sessions at the Transformations 2019 conference in Sanitago, Chile.

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