Workshop Transitions in Water-/Energy-/Food-Infrastructures

Date: 1 November 2019

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

Changed Location: The Vrije Universiteit is difficult to reach by car and public transport on this date, hence we have moved to the Max Nettlau room of Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis, Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam.

From Amsterdam Central Station you can take bus 22 in the direction of Muiderpoortstation and exit at Veelaan or you can take tram 26 in the direction of IJburg and exit at Rietlandpark.

A collaboration of the Environmental Humanities Center and Amsterdam Sustainability Institute

Global climate change requires far-reaching transitions of water-, energy-, and food-infrastructures. While such transitions are often perceived as technologically challenging, they also concern overcoming behavioral, societal, and cultural burdens. This workshop aims to bring together a diverse audience of graduate students and other scholars in order to investigate and discuss how the humanities, social and environmental sciences can be bridged to reflect on the transitions needed to cope with global warming and to devise manners to enhance and operationalize them.

Workshop programme:

09:30 – 09:50 Climate Change and Climate Extremes as a Driver of Transition Challenges – dr. Ted Veldkamp (Institute For Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

09:50 – 10:30 Doing Sustainability Transitions Research: Activism in Disguise? – keynote by prof. dr. Derk Loorbach (director of DRIFT and professor of socio-economic transitions at Erasmus University Rotterdam)

10:45 – 12:15 Paper presentations: Perceptions
Hydrological Transition in Greenland and the New Concerns of Ice – dr. Jeff Diamanti
Tidal Transitions, or Cultivating Attention to Ebbs and Flows – Aster Hoving
Failed Infrastructures, My Little Ponies, and Wadden Plastics: Exploring the Eco-Intimacies in the Case of the MSC Zoe Container Disaster – Renée Hoogland

13:15 – 14:45 Paper presentations: Policy
Comparison of national climate and sustainable development strategies in Germany, South Africa and the Philippines: Who participates in knowledge creation and manages the just transition? – Ramona Hägele
Polycentrism and Local Energy Transition – Ernani Contipelli

15:00 – 16:30 Paper presentations: Practice
Pathways towards a circular economy: does place matter? – Abe Hendriks
The rationality of farmers and food production: a historical perspective from marginal upland environments – dr. Eugene Costello
What societal challenges lie in chrystalline silicon photovoltaic waste management? – Younjung Choi

16:30 – 17:00 The story of 510 and the Red Cross Movement – keynote by dr. Marc van den Homberg & Sterre Bierens

The workshop (including lunch and refreshments) is of free of charge, but registration is required due to limited space.

Please register for the workshop using this form

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Contact: J. Koorneef,

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