Conference “Rights to Nature: Tracing alternative political ecologies against the neoliberal environmental agenda”

(Geoforum 2016 workshop, 23rd-24th June 2016, University of Cambridge)

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Plenary: “Nature-society relations after the 2008 financial crash. An academic-activist dialogue” Speakers: Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester), Nuria Hernández-Mora (Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua and Universidad de Sevilla), and Bill Adams (University of Cambridge)

Panel 1: “The entrenchment of the neoliberal agenda. Conflicts and contestations in Europe” Speakers: Stefania Barca (Universidade de Coimbra), Aris Chatzistefanou (Infowar, author of the documentaries ‘Debtocracy’ and ‘Catastroika’), Maria Christianou and Anni Vasileiou (Ierissos – SOShalkidiki), Mike Geddes and Madeleine Wahlberg (European Network against Useless Imposed Megaprojects). Chair: Jessica Hope (University of Cambridge)

Panel 2: “Feeding the global grab. The privatization of natural resources after the crisis” Speakers: Meera Karunananthan (The Blue Planet Project), Costis Hadjimichalis (Harokopio University), Damien Short (Extreme Energy Initiative), Ioana Florea (Quantic Association in Bucharest), and Gabriela Vazquez (Ecologistas en Acción). Chair: Dan Brockington (University of Sheffield)

Panel 3: “Cashing in on protected natures. Neoliberal conservation in the Global North” Speakers: George Holmes (University of Leeds), Mumta Ito (Rights of Nature Europe), Friedrich Wulf/Sandra Bell (Friends of the Earth), Elia Apostolopoulou (University of Cambridge), and Jose Cortes-Vazquez (University of Sheffield). Chair: Dimitrios Bormpoudakis (University of Kent)

Panel 4: “From the Rights to the City to the Rights to Nature. New urban struggles and resistances” Speakers: Luz Marina García Herrera (Universidad de La Laguna), Alex Loftus (King’s College London), Mary Van de Water (Lambeth Housing Activists), Beatrice del Monte (Independent researcher) and Victoria Sachsé (Fondazione Frammartino) Chair: Eszter Kovacs (University of Cambridge)

Panel 5: “The nature valuation debate revisited: a critique of environmental markets, carbon trading and wetland banking” Speakers: Morgan Robertson (UW-Madison), Larry Lohmann (The Corner House), Romain Felli (Université de Genève), Elena Gerebizza (Re:Common), and Erik Gomez-Baggethun (Norwegian University of Life Sciences). Chair: Elisa Greco (University of Manchester)

Final roundtable with panel chairs. Coordinates: Bill Adams (University of Cambridge)


For titles, abstracts, more details, and some practical information please consult the full conference program.





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