Call for Participation

We sent out the notification concerning the workshop submissions on Wednesday and Thursday, April 23 and 24, 2014.

Bridging movements, practice and research for the great transformation.

Degrowth. Décroissance. Decrescita. Postwachstum. – All these words stand for a movement which is not new but of increasing importance: the search for a societal vision beyond a growth paradigm that leads from crisis to crisis. From September 2 to 6, 2014, the 4th International Conference on Degrowth will take place in Leipzig, creating a place to intensify this search and to try out existing alternatives. It aims to build bridges between scientific theory, political movement, practical implementation and artistic reflection by bringing together these different perspectives. We hope for fruitful synergies and an impulse for developing joint visions.

We invite all interested organizations, initiatives and individuals to contribute to the conference with their own event. Possible formats could be seminars, workshops (both practical and theoretical), open space, world café, excursions, cultural actions and so on.

Structure of the conference

The conference unfolds in three steps which offer a common perspective and a general framework respectively to each full day:

> Wednesday 03.09.2014: Facing the current crisis: critique & resistance.
> Thursday 04.09.2014: Building alliances.
> Friday 05.09.2014: Visions and strategies for transformation.

> Read more about the programme

Thematic threads of discussion

The contributions should all address the question of what a society and economy beyond the logic of growth and its enforcement could look like. Conference languages are German and English. Let us know if your event should be in another language. The conference will address the following three thematic threads:

> More detailled information about the thematic threads

Submission procedure and deadlines

We look forward to receiving your propositions and ideas. You are welcome to submit a contribution via an online form on our website by February 28, 2014, whereby it is important for us to know the content, purpose and format of your event. The review process will be concluded by April 15, 2014. We will then give you all the latest information.

Further ways of participation

During the three days of the conference there will also be a Group Assembly Process (GAP). The GAP aims for an intense exchange between science, practice, arts and activism. If you want to participate in this process, please submit a stirring paper (1000 – 1500 words) by February 28, 2014 or sign up for one of the working groups. There is also a Call for Papers which invites to participate in scientific discussions about degrowth.
If you have any questions, requests or suggestions please contact us via

> Download the Call for Participation
> More information on the Call for Stirring Papers