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Brown Bag Lecture: What does a sustainable life mean? Resistance to extractive projects in Latin America and Germany

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Lecture by Dr. Johanna Leinius, Research Associate in Department 05, Department of Sociological Theory

The construction of highways, pipelines or open-cast mines creates opportunities, but also causes social and ecological costs. Local communities in the vicinity of such large-scale projects are often directly affected by negative impacts. Many therefore put up resistance. In my presentation, I use concepts from Latin American struggles against extractive projects such as 're-existence' and 'defense of life' to outline the understanding of sustainability that is also being advanced in socio-ecological protests in Germany, such as the protests against the excavation of villages in the course of coal mining in the Rhineland and Leipziger Land, the tree occupations in Dannröder Forst and the resistance against the A44 in Kaufungen.

A brown bag, filled with a tasty sandwich and a sweet from the Studierendenwerk, is available in the pavilion café (students €3, employees and guests €3.30)

The format of the Brown Bag Lecture is informal and casual: in collaboration with the university's departments and the Studierendenwerk, young researchers present their research topic in entertaining short talks - while the audience relaxes and eats their American sandwich from the brown paper bag. The entire breadth of research is represented and the speakers strengthen their skills in science communication.


Further information about this event

The event will take place as a Zoom meeting. Please register for the event at 50jahre[at]uni-kassel[dot]de. The Zoom link will then be sent to you.


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Kathrin Meckbach
Communications, Press and Public Relations Office
+49 561 804-3413

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