Degrowth Summer School (Barcelona, Spain, July 4-21, 2014)
Adapting to the times of crisis: an advanced course on socially sustainable degrowth
Amidst calls for restoring growth as a path out of the crisis, the intellectual and political degrowth movement exposes the impossibility to greening economic growth, or making it equitable. In theoretical terms degrowth implies a radical critique to the western notion of growth- and technology-led development as a single overarching path of organizing social and economic life. It implies revisiting the role of monetary and market-based transactions in society and searching for a way to bring back its human, emotional, non-utilitarian or gift-based traits. Continue reading →
From 2 to 6 September 2014, the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity will take place in Leipzig, Germany. Proposals for special sessions have to be submitted until December 31st 2013, papers and abstracts until January 31st 2014. Continue reading →
The degrowth movement has emerged in the last decade in some European countries. It is a movement built around a critique of the growth economy, which draws strongly on the “limits to growth” and strong sustainability debates of the 1970s. The underlying premises are that continuous economic growth is ecologically unsound and economically unsustainable and that it is no longer improving social welfare and happiness (Jackson, 2011). Degrowth was first launched in the beginning of the 21st century as a project of voluntary societal shrinking of production and consumption aimed at social and ecological sustainability (Demaria et. al, 2013) and quickly developed into a social movement. It later entered academic journals. This special issue aims at articulating the degrowth critique, proposal, and movement through a framework composed of four different axes: critique to growth societies, degrowth policies, actors and strategies for degrowth, and alternative world-visions.