The Summer School is aimed at postdocs. Matching contributions to the topic "Doing Justice! Doing Just This! - Understanding justice in transdisciplinary and transformative research" can be submitted until 15 March.
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Summer School 2023
Doing Justice! Doing Just This!
Understanding justice in transdisciplinary and transformative research
28-29 June 2023
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) Dresden, Germany
Transdisciplinary and transformative research (TTR) seeks to address pressing and complex sustainability problems by bringing together academic and societal partners. In doing so, TTR aims to co-produce new types of knowledge and transform the ways in which such knowledge is used in society. However, TTR might as well reproduce or create new social, economic and environmental injustices if it lacks concepts and methods to reflect upon and address justice. These concern all stages and aspects of the research process - from preliminary ideation to ex-post evaluation, from project management to practical experimentation, from interaction formats to process designs. If unattended, their diverse justice implications may run the risk of ultimately exacerbating divides e.g. within or between species (non-/human), social groups (gender, class, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, etc.), urban and rural communities, or between the Global South and the Global North.
Such challenges urge for reflexivity to acknowledge the bright and dark sides of transformations and to engage with the concept of justice and its implications for TTR. We need to ask:
- What are “just” transformations and how to enable them?
- How can TTR methods contribute to reflexivity and depth in terms of just transformations?
- How to ensure reciprocity and diversity in research processes in support of justice?
- How to define and apply ethical reflection criteria in the research process?
To reflect upon and deepen our collective understandings of justice as applied to TTR for sustainability transformation, we invite you to a two day postdoctoral summer school organised by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden, Germany, in collaboration with the Leibniz Research Network “Knowledge for Sustainable Development”. This interdisciplinary training and networking event provides an excellent opportunity for engaged post-doc researchers to learn about, and co-develop new robust TTR approaches that address aspects of justice comprehensively.. We will explore this through a mix of lectures, creative formats and group work, involving senior international experts:
Martin Savransky is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he convenes the MA Ecology, Culture & Society. His work combines philosophy and the social sciences, postcolonial thought and the environmental humanities, to activate speculative concepts and methodologies of life on unstable ecological terrain. He is the author of Around the Day in Eighty Worlds: Politics of the Pluriverse (Duke University Press, 2021) and The Adventure of Relevance: An Ethics of Social Inquiry (with a foreword by Isabelle Stengers; Palgrave, 2016), and the co-editor of After Progress (Sage, 2022) and of Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge, 2017). He has published essays in forums such as Theory, Culture & Society, Dialogues in Human Geography, Social Text, and The Sociological Review. He has co-curated the After Progress digital exhibition (www.afterprogress.com), and is currently working on a new book length project (tentatively) titled The Murmurs of the Outside: Planetary Improvisation and Uncivilised Life.
Guido Caniglia is a philosopher of science working in inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability science. His work aims to develop frameworks that intersect epistemological, ethical, and political considerations in support of knowledge co-production processes in the field. Guido is currently the Scientific Director of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosternueburg close to Vienna. He earned a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Florence (Italy) and a PhD in Biology, from Arizona State University (USA).
Saurabh Arora works on politics of sustainability at Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (UK), where he co-convenes two MSc programmes on Sustainable Development. In the last 15 years, Saurabh has written on political issues including agroecological alternatives to modern industrial agriculture; relational alternatives to categorical approaches that dominate policy discourses on poverty; participation (and diversity) in policies and plans for ‘smart’ urbanism and for biofuel development; and conceptualisations of care and conviviality for highlighting sustainability that goes beyond modernist ‘technofixes’. Much of this work has focused on developments in India, Indonesia, and East Africa. In ongoing work, Saurabh is trying to develop a new topological approach to colonial modernity and its re-enactments in sociotechnical interventions that are promoted as sustainability transformations.
To participate, please send us your applications briefly describing:
- your motivation for participating in the summer school and your interest in studying justice in sutainability transformations (200 words),
- your experience in TTR, the methods and case studies you are interested in exploring in your present or future research (200 words)
- and a short academic CV.
Please submit these by 15 March 2023 using the following submission form.
The Summer School is organised in collaboration with the NEST (Network of early career researchers in sustainability transitions) Conference “Re-imagining Transititions: Beyond established methods and concepts“ 2023 of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN), taking place in Dresden, Germany, from 30th June to 1st July 2023. Participation in the workshop is free of cost. However, participants will have to cover their travel and accommodation.
15 March 2023 - Application submission deadline
Early-April 2023- Anticipated notification of application acceptance
Early-April 2023 - Registration opens
30 April 2023 - Registration deadline
28-29 June - Summer School