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Political Research Exchange - PRX

Reframing Environmentalism? Environmental Political Theory in the Anthropocene.

Green Politics
Social Movements
Political theory
Workshop Number
Workshop Director
Manuel Arias-Maldonado
Universidad de Granada
Workshop Co-Director
John Barry
Queen's University Belfast

Although climate change has brought about a new awareness of environmental problems, it has also complicated our view of the socio-natural relationship and hence the conversation about the transition away from unsustainability. It has done so by exposing the degree of what may be termed the ‘metabolic exchange’ between society and nature, which is the outcome of a long history of reciprocal influence and human intervention. In this context, the notion of the ‘Anthropocene’ has emerged as an attempt to encompass the human ability to act as a powerful agent of environmental change. Yet we are also re-discovering the extent to which we are ourselves influenced and constrained by the nonhuman environment. If it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between society and nature, arguing that the achievement of sustainability can be achieved by humans retreating from the natural world also becomes untenable. Thus, a number of questions arise:

• How is environmental political theory responding to the challenge of the Anthropocene?
• And how should it actually respond?
• Are the premises of classical environmentalism still valid?
• What is involved in the project of naturalistic ethics after the end of nature?
• What about the new salience of justice?
• Is there room for understanding between a reformist environmentalism and a more radical strand that seeks post-capitalistic solutions to climate change?

The advent of climate change has already transformed and challenged environmentalism in its far-reaching consequences for the analysis, values, motivations etc. upon which it is based. This workshop will try to elucidate whether a new, ‘fourth-wave’ environmentalism is emerging, entailing the end of environmentalism as we knew it – or whether the news of the death of environmentalism is exaggerated.

Paper List

Title Details
‘Climate Conservationism’: An Identity Crisis for the Environmental Movement in the Anthropocene? View Paper Details
All That Remains? Environmental Realism in the Anthropocene View Paper Details
Anthropocene: The Emergence of the Figure of 'Governator' View Paper Details
Beyond Post-Environmentalism View Paper Details
Bio-Fuelling the Hummer?: The Anthropocene, Techno-Optimism and Innovation in the Transition from Unsustainability View Paper Details
Ecological Democracy in the Anthropocene View Paper Details
Environmental Political Theory and the Material Turn. A Critical Assessment View Paper Details
Future or Stretched Present? Sustainability and the Legitimacy of a Socially Produced Future View Paper Details
Geo-Engineering: A Curse or a Blessing for Liberal Democracy? View Paper Details
Nature in the Anthropocene: Political Science Meets Ecology Debates View Paper Details
Political Theory in the Anthropocene View Paper Details
Real Anthropocene Politics View Paper Details
Reassessing Environmentalism: Towards an Environmental Political Theory of the City View Paper Details
Sustainability Governance in a Democratic Anthropocene: The Realm of Arts and Culture as a Foundation for Citizen Engagement and Reflexivity View Paper Details
Technocratic EcoModernism or Critical Modernism and Public Ecology? Why the Ecomodernist Manifesto and 'the Good Anthropocene' is not Good Enough View Paper Details
The Anthropocene, Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach, and the Abandonment of Liberal Neutrality View Paper Details
The Anthroponomist: The Moral Confusion of Environmentalism around the Notion of Anthropocentrism View Paper Details
The Future is Now! Reframing Environmentalism after the Anthropocene View Paper Details
The Return of Nature in the Anthropocene View Paper Details
Towards a Habitability Approach within Environmental Political Theory View Paper Details
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