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Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

La Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) a través del Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA-UAB), y el Consorci Besòs Tordera evaluarán el estado de calidad a largo plazo de la cuenca del Besòs gracias a la creación de la Observatorio del Besòs.

Shift in large-scale Atlantic circulation causes lower-oxygen water to invade Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence

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ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

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Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

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Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

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The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

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More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

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Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

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Are Farmers Who Belong to Local User Associations Better Adapted to Climate Change?

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Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

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Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

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The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

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New Project to Link Extreme Weather Events, Atmospheric Biodiversity and Human Health

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ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

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SPECIAL SEMINAR: “André Gorz, pioneer of a post-growth society” by Françoise Gollain

Date: 2018-11-05

Title: “André Gorz, pioneer of a post-growth society”

Speaker: Françoise Gollain, sociologist and philosopher from Open University

Discussant: David Ravensbergen, York University 

Date: Monday 5th November 2018
time: 13 h
Venue: Room Z/022, ICTA-UAB
Organized by EnvJustice 


Françoise Gollain will introduce the works of French existentialist philosopher and social critique André Gorz (1923-2007) whose concern for human emancipation lead him to develop, over 50 years, a radical critique of individuals’ domination through their work as well as through the constraints to the genuine satisfaction of their needs.

With his seminal work Ecology as Politics, he became a leading thinker of the French Green movement in the 1970s. Beyond simple environmentalism, he understood true political ecology as an alternative to eco-technocratic tendencies in the movement. For him, political ecology is necessarily anti-capitalist and aims at democratic control of both production and consumption. 
Thus, he called for a society of “equity without growth”, a truly “productive degrowth” that would imply an exit from our work-centred society thanks to a politics of time, comprising a reduction of working hours, a guaranteed social income and the pursuit of a wide range of autonomous and non-market activities in order to satisfy a growing proportion of needs outside of commodity relationships.

In his last decade, he further radicalised his ecosocialist perspective and elaborated the utopia of “an economy and civilization beyond wage-labour and commodity relationship” based on natural and digital commons. 

Short biography 
Françoise Gollain is a sociologist and philosopher and has lectured at Nottingham Trent University and the Open University. She has recently retired and lives between Wales and France. She is a specialist of the works of André Gorz, on which she has published: André Gorz pour une pensée de l'écosocialisme. Neuvy- en-Champagne: Le Passager Clandestin, collection « les précurseurs de la décroissance », 2014, and André Gorz, une philosophie de l’émancipation, Paris: L’Harmattan, collection « ouverture philosophique », 2018. Her wider research interests include Green theory and radical Green movements, in particular the degrowth movement; as well as changes affecting the world of work, critiques of the work ethic and consumerism.


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