Situated agency in environmental sustainability 
Ingmar Lippert (IT University of Copenhagen)
Brit Winthereik (IT University of Copenhagen)
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Sustainability in transition
C. Humanisticum AB 3.10
Wednesday 17 September, 10:30-12:15, 14:00-15:45, 16:00-17:45, Thursday 18 September, 9:30-11:15 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

Environments as practice: solidarity with practitioners?

Long Abstract

In STS, environmental themes have often been attended to through environmental science and policy. Any practice and process of environmental science, technology and policy also involves humans. This track invites paying attention to those agents who are enrolled in discourses and apparatuses that claim working towards "sustainability", "ecological modernisation", the "low carbon economy" and the like.

We call for submissions that address how such agents do, redo and undo environments, how they enact and reconfigure environments as infrastructures. Particularly we are interested in a reflexive engagement with how we as STS researchers relate to these agents: In what ways does our research take part in reconfiguring agents' environmental infrastructure work? Which solidarities are we bringing into the field? And how can we relate to green agents' hopes and despairs, their (dis)investments into dominant discourses of greening?

Empirically, we are interested in the relations between STS researchers and green agents and their&your relations to the tools and devices employed by agents to work towards the imagined greening. Which solidarities are prefigured and excluded in the particular configurations performed by and with agents to 'manage' or 'govern' environments?

This track invites scholars to attend to green agents' practices and possibilities - beyond dominant discourses of greening - for engaging with environmental practitioners. In short, if we study environments as practice, as done, redone and undone, how do we relate to the doers?

The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 4-4-3-2 between sessions

Accepted papers: