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.
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:
In order to create equal access for all to education, health and mobility and to protect our natural environment, we need new forms of societal organization and participation. Many different ideas already exist: regional energy autonomy, democratic schools, free public transport, unconditional basic income and liquid democracy. We want to discuss how public services can face up to the transformation towards an economy without growth and how they can create new ideas. What alternatives already exist? How can these institutions, social movements and autonomous initiatives be driving forces towards this transformation and how can they change politics?
A social and ecological economy consolidates cooperation instead ofcompetition. Such an economy respects the physical limits of our planet and fosters social conditions in which nature is not simply an instrument for human production. In the case of energy, housing, mobility or food, there are already many (communal-)projects and initiatives which promote alternative forms of production, distribution and consumption on a local level. How can we support the development and expansion of these pioneering projects? Which influence do national and international politics have on this process?
Here we want to take a look at alternative models of society. Well-being, solidarity and living together peacefully play an important role in the concept of buen vivir (Ecuador, Bolivia) and the ubuntu-philosophy (South Africa), for example. In them, the bond to nature and a respectful use of natural resources are essential. In this context, we ask: Which new ways of living do we want and need? How can a cultural transformation be encouraged and which conflicts will we have to face?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.