! Cancellation: Sustainability & Economics !

Dear Sustainability Interested,
Unfortunately, the event Sustainability & Economics has to be canceled on Thursday.
We will make every effort to ensure that this exciting combination can still take place at another time in the coming winter semester and to inform you in good time about the new date.
  We hope for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you again on July 11th for our Sustainability & Resilience talk.
Your sustainability office

Where can hidden potentials be found, where are blind spots of an economy that should be primarily one thing: fit for the future! We want to present two perspectives in our lecture, how and at which point could economy be transformed in order to make a socio-ecological change possible.

Review: Sustainability & Power

Before the Pentecost Holidays, on June 6th we continued our lecture series with the exciting topic of power. We hosted Christof Timpe from the Ökoinstitut as well as Florian Diez from Fridays for Future Freiburg, who discussed together with Prof. Dr. Lena Partzsch from the University of Freiburg about power within the discourse on sustainability exemplified by the Kohlekommission (commission for coal).

Prof. Dr. Partzsch started with a theoretical input about power asymmetries and introduced different power concepts (Power over, Power to, Power with). According to her, we must ask the power question and analyze who holds which kind of power in order to understand change and stagnation in environmental politics. Mr. Timpe focused primarily on the Kohlekommission and its work in his talk. He examined its aims and weaknesses. Florian Diez complained about the weaknesses of the compromise reached by the coal commission. The results of the commission were critically examined in the subsequent Q&A with the audience. Substantial questions about the commission’s work and constitution and how the theoretical framework of power, that were introduced, applied to the situation.

We thank all for the active participation and look forward to the next lecture on Economics with Kristina Jeromin from the German Stock Exchange as well as Prof. Dr. Tilman Santarius from the TU Berlin moderated from Dr. Philippe Merz from the Thales Akademie on the 27.06..

Review: Sustainability & Politics

After having had a successful launch event, the second lecture of our series took place last week. Walter Kahlenborn (Adelphi) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Felix Ekardt (Forschungsstelle Nachhaltigkeit und Klimapolitik) presented their perspectives and research findings around the topic “Sustainability & Politics”. The talks were moderated by Dr. Steffi Ober (Forschungswende) and highlighted, especially in the following discussion amongst the speakers and the audience, that their research displayed many points of intersection despite differing standpoints.

We are happy that so many interested people found their way to the library and enriched the discussion with their questions.

On the 6th of June, Christoph Timpe (Ökoinstitut Freiburg), Dr. Lena Partzsch (Uni Freiburg) and Florian Diez (Fridays for Future Freiburg) will examine the question of power structures, especially in the context of last year’s anti-coal-protests.

Review: Sustainability & Ignorance

The lecture series “Identifying the Blind Spots” of the Nachhaltigkeitsbüro Uni Freiburg finally started last Thursday – our first step towards a #studiumoecologicum

“Sustainability and Ignorance” was the title of the launch event, where Dr. Marion Mangelsdorf and Dr. Dirk Schindler approached the topic sustainability from the different perspectives of their disciplines.

Moderated by Dr. Roderich von Detten presented Schindler scientific-oriented #climate scenarios, while Mangelsdorf highlighted from a cultural-science-perspective the relevance of narratives and metaphors. Facts, insecurities and complexity of models were facing the figure of #Gaia, the superorganism earth and the critism of the image of a world carried on human hands.

„Dramatisieren und Entdramatisieren“ (Bruno Latour) was the key message of the evening: Which narratives are appropriate in which setting, how can the problematic nature of sustainability be communicated and overcome, what is missing in the public debate? – Interdisciplinary dialogs, listening and a compromise between drama and down-to-earthness, these were possible answers, that could serve as a first step towards approaching the climate debate with new eyes.

After this successful launch event we are looking forward with excitement for the next weeks. On Monday, 13th of May, this lecture series is already to be continued with propably a heated debate on “Sustainability and Politics” – so whoever could not be there the last time or is still hungry for more, you are most welcome to come round!