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Archived Seminars

Programme Summer Semester 2014


Date Presenter Title of presentation
April 24 Prof. Hagedorn Visioning for WINS! Crafting Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological-Technical Systems
May 08 Prof. Thiel Exploring poly-centricity in cases of scalar re-organisation of natural resource governance in the EU
May 15 Dr. Farrell An Analytical Economics of Living Well
May 22 Prof. Hiedanpää Micro-politics, transactions and institutional change: Some reflections about Finnish wolf policy
June 05 Dr. Otto WaterLab – River Basin Management Games Supporting Adaptation to Climate Change and Public Participation in Water Policy
June 12 Dr. Grundmann Value chains of bio-energy production: learning from the nexus
June 26 Dr. Zikos Beyond water security: a securitization and identity in Cyprus
July 03 Prof. Cole Towards a new institutional analysis or Socio-Ecological Systems
July 10 Prof. Coleman

Institutional Collective Action and local Forest Commons

July 17 Dr. Moss Connecting the socio-technical to the social-ecological. Reflections on research into the governance of urban infrastructures




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Platz zum Querdenken (off the beaten track)

Thursday 05. Jan. 2017 - Discussion Thema


Technologies of Rule. How is governing through infrastructure changing in the Anthropocene?

Investigating the relationship between technologies and political rule calls for insightful ways of conceptualising socio-materiality. Analytical approaches need to be able to describe how power relations get encoded in material structures, for example how the design of physical infrastructure reflects the influence of powerful social actors. Conversely, such approaches need to consider how materiality can influence power relations and political regimes. This 'work' by physical artefacts, such as leaking water pipes, can restrict or enable human action, whether directly and materially or indirectly and discursively.

This week’s Off the beaten track Seminar will explore the role of technology and infrastructure in the governability of the Anthropocene. It marks one way of putting the “T” (for Technology) in the “SETS” agenda of WINS, complementing its socio-ecological knowledge base. Following a short input by Tim Moss on ways of conceptualizing the socio-material dynamics of infrastructures and applying them to study the relationship between infrastructure and political rule, we will have an open-ended discussion around the question: How is governing through infrastructure changing in the Anthropocene? To kick-off, we’ll be asking: In what ways and with what effect is technology materializing and institutionalizing responses to global change? Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the role of technology/infrastructure in their own field of research and what research issues in this respect are calling for attention.


Thursday 01. Dec. 2016 - Discussion Thema

Truth, Transformation and Aethetics 

Long the basis for marketing research, and now further reinforced by recent advances in brain science, it is today clear that the aesthetic, both visual and visceral, plays a central role in guiding human decision making processes.  Decisions taken by humans, individually and collectively, are central to the human-environment transformation that have brought about The Anhtropocene and they will play a central role in the processes of human-environment transformations that can effectively address the challenges of The Anthropocene.

This week's PLatz zum Querdenken WINS Semniar, inspired by the engaged discussion held after WINS' screening of the film Embrace of the Serpent on Friday last, will provide a space to explore the place of aesthetics in the governability of The Anthropocene.  The discussion will begin with a 10 minute intervention by Katharine Farrell on the contribution of the aesthetic in film to the social construction of self-understanding of environmental place.  The opening discussion question will begin with the question:

what do today's popular culture stories tell their listener about the place of human beings and human society in the ecological life of the planet earth?


Thursday 03. Nov. 2016 - Discussion Question

Are there systematic differences between how governability in the Anthropocene works in the tropics and in temperate regions of the world?

The world’s natural resources, from mineral deposits to biological diversity are unevenly distributed across the planet. The unequal distribution of biological diversity is linked to climatic differences between tropical and temperate regions. These differences also imply unequal exposure to the consequences of climate change. In addition, globalisation has made it possible for year-round tropical agriculture to supply temperate climate food demands, leading to massive transformations in tropical biomes. What do these differences and relationships imply for governability?



Bios, abstracts and presentations

Winter Semester 2016/17

16 Feb. 2017
Dr. Amanda Machin (Bio and Abstract)
The Agony of the Anthropos? Tha Challenges for Democratic Citizenship in the Anthropocene.
09 Feb. 2017
Dr. Matteo Roggero (Bio and Abstract)
Institutions, Adaptation and the IAD framework: A systematic review of IAD elements in the climate adaptation scholarship
26 Jan. 2017
Prof. Dr. Geoffrey Hodgson (Bio and Abstract)
Human motivation and the problem of climate change 
12 Jan. 2017
Prof. Dr. Helmut Aust (Bio and Abstract)
Shining Cities on the Hill, The Global City, Climate Change, and International Law
15 Dec. 2016
Dr. Maria Proestou (Bio and Abstract)
Rethinking the Anthropocene: Pre-formal institutions in times of crisis
08 Dec. 2016
Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann (Bio and Abstract)
The feasibility of shifting diets towards just food systems and global sustainability
24 Nov. 2016
Prof. Dr. David Barkin (Bio and Abstract)
Food Sovereignty: A Strategy for Environmental Justice in the Capitalocene
10 Nov. 2016
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bokelmann (Bio and Abstract)
Climate change adaptation and sustainable food security – New subjects to integrate into higher education. Examples from curricula development at African universities
27 Oct. 2016
Prof. Dr. Ellen Immergut (Bio and Abstract)
The New Party Politics of Welfare State Sustainability: The Case
of Public Pensions 
20 Oct. 2016
Prof. Dr. Timothy Moss (Bio and Abstract)
Conceptualising Germany's Energy Transition: Institutions, Materiality, Power, Space 
Prof. Dr. Klaus Eisenack