Economic anthropology and the sense of environmental crisis

Workshop and network meeting of the “Economic Anthropology” working group of the German Anthropological Association

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A sense of environmental crisis – pollution, loss of biodiversity, climate change – has been developing over the past year(s) on a nearly global scale. Protests such as Fridays for Future seem to increasingly have the capacity to impact political agendas and economic strategies. Some of the protestors point at capitalist economic logics as the culprits that need to be overcome if environmental degradation is to be reversed. Others emphasize that attempts to regulate will potentially affect social classes differentially, with those with least income carrying a disproportionate burden. Still others believe that economic growth can be made compatible with environmental protection.

For this two-day workshop, we invite contributions that show how economic anthropology can contribute to a better understanding of lived environmental crisis, by addressing themes such as (but not only):

  • The politics and value logics of environmental degradation
  • The livelihood-based consequences of the environmental crisis
  • The techniques of (e)valuation that meet/clash in contestations around environmental degradation
  • New ways of production, distribution, and consumption that constitute lived alternative engagements with nature

The workshop is organized by the working group Economic Anthropology of the German Anthropological Association and includes a “thematic session” on the first day, as well as an “open session” on the second day.

For the “open session”, we specifically invite the members of the working group to present their current research projects (not limited to the call for papers’ topic).

Please indicate in your abstract submission to which of the sessions you intend to contribute. Please note that contributions to the "thematic session" should be in English; contributions to the "open session" can be in German or English.

Please send an abstract of 250 to 300 words to the workshop organizers Stefan Leins, Katharina Bodirsky and Tobias Köllner at The deadline for abstract submissions is March 1, 2020.


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