ENTITLE conference Undisciplined Environments gathered more than 400 guests

Scholars, activists and artists discussed in Stocholm the possibilities for a political ecology beyond disciplinary boundaries

Source: featured photograph by Mitra Azar

More than 400 scholars, activists and artists gathered to discuss the possibilities for a political ecology beyond disciplinary boundaries.

The European Network of Political Ecology organized its International Conference UNDISCIPLINED ENVIRONMENTS from 20th to 24th March 2016 at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.

Co-organized by the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, with support from KTH’s Sustainability Office, this was the first large international conference held in Europe in the emerging field of Political Ecology, with the participation of over 400 scholars, activists and artists.

With 90 parallel sessions (panels, roundtables and experimental sessions) and a number of artistic interventions (films, photo and visual art exhibits, poetry and drama performances), the conference built upon a transdisciplinary methodology of peer-to-peer exchanges across different forms of knowledge, including a significant participation of Indigenous speakers. The conference aimed at expanding the possibilities of Political Ecology as a way of understanding and reversing the current ecological crisis while promoting environmental justice and grassroots empowerment.


Short Video Undisciplined Environments:


Plenary Sessions:

Its three plenary sessions featured a dialogue between two keynote speakers from different geographical and disciplinary environments:

  •  ‘Decolonial Political Ecology’: Prof. Kim Tallbear, University of Alberta and Ailton Krenak, public intellectual (representing Indigenous communities of Brazil).
  •  ‘Postcapitalist Ecologies’: Prof. Catherine Larrère, Université de Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Prof. Alf Hornborg, Lund University
  • ‘Enclosures vs. Commoning’: Prof. Nancy Peluso, University of California at Berkeley, and Prof. Ugo Mattei, International University College, Turin


Undisciplined Activism workshop

The conference concluded with the Undisciplined Activism workshop, an additional space for reflection on how to practice environmental activism in institutions, organizations, research and art. This workshop was co-sponsored by the ‘Transformations to Sustainability’ (T2S) Programme of the International Social Science Council (ISSC), through the support of the Swedish Secretariat for Earth System Sciences (SSEESS).


Further Information:

Click here for an abbreviated version of the keynote lecture given by Prof. Alf Hornborg ‘Post-capitalist ecologies: energy, money and “value” in the Anthropocene’, published at the entitleblog.

Consult here the full programme.