“Only when we accept that our wants are limited and can be satisfied will we finally enjoy an abundant world” (Kallis 2019). To what extent do you agree with this statement, and why?

by Adam Smith Introduction As technoscience and rationality have emerged as the dominant languages of environmental policy and management, there has been a consistent effort to define the limits of contemporary societies in these terms (Lovbrand et al. 2015; Dryzek 2013). One such example is Rockstrom et al.’s (2009) demarcation of planetary boundaries – aContinue reading ““Only when we accept that our wants are limited and can be satisfied will we finally enjoy an abundant world” (Kallis 2019). To what extent do you agree with this statement, and why?”

Thinking with Rancière: the dissensual politics of Extinction Rebellion

By Alex Scott This short piece centres on themes explored in a current research project which explores to what extent the Extinction Rebellion social movement can be conceived as what Jacques Rancière calls an ‘properly political moment’. The blog post will briefly summarise some of Rancière’s key ideas before considering how useful a Rancièrian framingContinue reading “Thinking with Rancière: the dissensual politics of Extinction Rebellion”

Bees: An Opportunity for Recognising Abstractions and Hearing the Non-Human

By Robert Marns Image: “Experimental visualisation of floral electric field using electrostatic dusting” (Clarke and Roberts, 2017) What silliness to judge insects – so ancient, so diverse, so accomplishes, so successful, so beautiful, so astonishing, so mysterious, so unknown – by criteria they can never meet and about which they could not care! What sillinessContinue reading “Bees: An Opportunity for Recognising Abstractions and Hearing the Non-Human”