TIK-Seminar: Emancipating Transformations: from Anthropocene control to democratic care for the Earth
Seminar with Andrew Stirling.
Photo: University of Sussex
Global environment policy reverberates with increasingly ambitious aims to ‘take control’ of planetary systems. Democracy is portrayed as a 'failure', a 'luxury', or 'an enemy of nature', which must be 'put on hold'. Familiar rhetorics of incumbency insist there is ‘no alternative’ to compliance, other than irrational denial and existential doom.
Yet it can be recognised from the history of ‘Sustainability’ and wider issues, that emancipatory struggle is typically main means by which to achieve ambitiously progressive transformation. In this view, concentrated power and fallacies of control are actually more problems than solutions. This talk will explore some of the key – rather important – implications.
About the speaker
Andrew Stirling is Professor of Science & Technology Policy at SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex and former Research Director for SPRU (2006-13). His current work at SPRU involves research and postgraduate teaching on democracy and sustainability in science and technology. He co-directs the ESRC-funded joint IDS-SPRU STEPS Centre, and is Deputy Director for the DEFRA-funded joint Surrey-Sussex Research Group on Sustainable Lifestyles, and the Director of a spin-off University Enterprise on Multicriteria Mapping. He is also SPRU PI for collaborative initiatives on governance of climate geoengineering and the discontinuing of technological systems.