Overline: Lecture Series 2023
Headline: RIFS Focal Topic Year: “Justice in Sustainability”


Lecture series on the RIFS Focal Topic Year on “justice in sustainability"

“The Scale of Things to Come: Scalability, Politics and Organisation” with Rodrigo Nunes

The event will be held online on 17.11.2023 at 14:00-15:30 (CET).

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Abstract: This talk starts from the diagnosis of a certain aversion to scale in contemporary political thought. This condition is especially remarkable in debates on climate change, in which the recognition of the global scale of the problem often leads almost seamlessly into a discussion of exclusively local solutions. My first objective during this talk will be to analyse the sources of this aversion. A second objective is to bring ecological hierarchy theory to bear on our understanding of capitalism, so as to unmake some of the negative associations that surround the idea of scale. Thirdly, I want to make the case for why we cannot leave matters of scale out of our considerations on how to respond to the environmental crisis.

Rodrigo Nunes is a Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Organization at the University of Essex. He is the author of Organisation of the Organisationless: Collective Action After Networks (Mute, 2014), Neither Vertical Nor Horizontal: A Theory of Political Organisation (Verso, 2021) and Do Transe à Vertigem: Ensaios sobre Bolsonarismo e um Mundo em Transição (Ubu, 2022).


Past events

Rights of Nature and their Transformative Potential for more Sustainable Futures? with Riccarda Flemmer

“What Kind of Social-Ecological Transformations?” with Ulrich Brand

Lützerath Debrief: Legacy & lessons with Ruairí Casey, Judith Pape and Elias König

Les politiques de transition écologique: une affaire de privilégiés? Fatima Ouassak et Gülcan Nitsch

Klima- und Umweltpolitik: eine Frage von Privilegien? mit Fatima Ouassak und Gülcan Nitsch

Infrastructuring environmental (in)justice with Benno Fladvad

You can find the recordings of the lectures of the previous year here.