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When: 2016-08-23 09:00,2016-08-23 17:00

Where: Rum MA 796 (CBEES), på plan 7 i Moas båge, Södertörns högskola

Organiser: The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörns högskola

Event language: English

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe: Ja

Resilient rooms - Cultural and social sustainability in rurbal places

2016-08-23 09:00,2016-08-23 17:00
The aim of this workshop is to initiate a new research field around the Baltic sea about cultural and social sustainable development as place-related practices.

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Resilient rooms - Cultural and social sustainability in rurbal places


The aim of this workshop is to initiate a new research field around the Baltic sea about cultural and social sustainable development as place-related practices. Due to an overuse of words and a deficit of acting in the area of sustainable development, we wish to focus on the place-based practices of social and cultural sustainablity. Even though the examples may be few, it seems relevant to analyze them in a somewhat systematic way, to visualize what is possible.

The area of sustainable development is managed by politics and discourses produced in the center but targeted at subordinated groups. The social and cultural aspects of sustainable development need to be connected to the other two “legs” of the model, economic and environmental sustainability, but there is a demand for research and discussions about the social and cultural aspects. Similarly, there is a lack of discussion about sustainability in a rural or non-urban context, as well as a need to widen the concept urban to include peripheral urbanities. There is also a need for a historical context for all these issues, something that has been conspiciuously absent in the discussions. The setting of globalization, deindustrialization and neoliberal politics is what has created the “brokenness” or lack of sustainability, but there are reasons to go even deeper in history than that, scrutinizing values lost in the critical discussions of the welfare state. Inviting historians, cultural historians and archaeologists hopefully will open new ways of thinking about this.

Questions posed are thus:
- How is social or cultural sustainability practiced in different contexts, given that a bottom line definition is social or cultural sustainablity as collective practices for better living conditions (such as health, work, education). What resources are available for a common social responsibility for ”the local” and how are they used? What stories are told about sustainable development on different levels and how do these relate to practice? What are the historical losses and choices leading to the actual need for a sustainable development?

Theoretically issues of power (as in centre/periphery- relations) gender and class are relevant perspectives as a common starting point. The overall aim is to explore the tensions between the urban and the rural (in terms of the ”rurbal”), questioning the urban norm and the idea of sustainability as a rural problem. Another important tension is between different ”shades of green”, that is, tensions between sustainable development within ”ordinary” economic growth and a new paradigm outside/beyond neoliberal capitalism.

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