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P346


STS and post-growth futures: a place for critical perspectives on societal change 
Convenors:
Mads Dahl Gjefsen (NTNU Social Research)
Marius Korsnes (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Marianne Ryghaug (Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology)
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Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

We explore the relationships between STS and perspectives on degrowth and post-growth futures. What lessons are offered by, and for, STS, in terms of approaches that can help advance perspectives that take seriously the destructive impact of capitalist and growth-oriented practices on planet Earth?

Long Abstract:

Central STS-scholars such as Latour, Stengers, Jasanoff and Haraway, to mention a few, share a common critique of the modernist separation between nature and culture, and of the idea that science can provide a neutral and objective representation of reality. Their projects can be said to revolve around proposing a more humble and democratic approach to knowledge production and dissemination, that respects the diversity and interdependence of different forms of life and knowledge. Without operating under explicit degrowth or post-growth headings, STS-scholars have long been critical of the dominant model of economic growth that is unsustainable and destructive for the planet and its inhabitants. We want to explore relationships between STS traditions and emerging perspectives on post-growth futures. For example, do the emerging discourses around representation and participation in degrowth and post-growth align with STS and its emphases on humility, or its calls for symmetrical explanations? What lessons are offered by, and for, STS, in terms of approaches that can help advance perspectives that take seriously the destructive impact of capitalist and growth-oriented practices on planet Earth?

Drawing on the Conference theme of asking “how can we become part of making and doing contributions to transformations through mobilizing STS sensibilities?”, this panel, sponsored by the newly established Gemini Center for Post-Growth Futures, invites contributions from a broad range of STS approaches that engage with reductions, phase-out, degrowth, sufficiency, community economies or similar approaches that set out to confront the breaching of planetary boundaries.

We welcome contributions that are traditional academic paper presentations, but also more experimental forms, such as workshop-sessions, dialogue sessions, or formats that make use of the whole body of the participant, i.e. involves some movement.

Accepted contributions: