Call for proposals: RE-DO

RE-DO. Conference on Sustainability and Culture’s role in Sustainable Futures

October 28-31, 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark.

At MOMU (Moesgaard Museum http://www.moesgaardmuseum.dk/english/ – a splendid new museum in the middle of the woods around Aarhus).

RE-DO is the second of a series of conferences organised by Aarhus University in cooperation with Aarhus 2017 (Aarhus Capital of Culture in 2017). The conference invites academics, practitioners, artists and activists to take part in the dialogue about sustainable cultures.
RE-DO indicates that sustainability has been, is and has to become something people do as part of their everyday practices and living in order to matter. In this sense cultural sustainability is viewed not just as an add-on to environmental agendas, but as the very precondition for their long-term success.

Conference website: http://conferences.au.dk/re-do/ 

Call:

Presenters are invited to address questions related to cultural sustainability and
the role of culture in sustainable futures, including, but not limited to the
following questions:

  • What role does culture play in the three-legged eco-centric model – with
    environmental, economic and politico-social dimensions – of
    sustainability? What understandings of “culture” are relevant or perhaps
    even necessary for us to work towards cultural sustainability?
  • Is it preferable to challenge the three-legged consensual model of
    sustainability, disputed by critics to be post-political, by a four-legged
    (environment, economy, social and cultural sustainability) differential
    model? What would such a widening of categories translate to on the
    practical (i.e. “doing”) level?
  • How could culture – worldviews, every-day practices and living
    togetherness, pasts, costumes, food, identity-constructions and
    understandings, aesthetic and ethical values, artistic representations and
    performances – become an important and measurable part of a
    sustainability agenda of its own? Is that desirable?
  • In what ways does a focus on cultural sustainability change well-known
    agenda-setting power geometries between North and South, East and
    West for example due to climate change adaption and mitigation
    necessities?
  • How to conceptualize culture in the new forms of connectivity between
    humans and non-humans that we see in post-human-oriented theories
    and what new connections are to be made between deep ecology and
    ecological indigenous livelihoods and post-human paradigms?
  • What do the temporal and spatial expansions implied in the concept of
    sustainability mean for culture? What role do future generations and non-
    human actors play in forging materiality?

Proposals due by June 1.

Call for papers: CFP_RE-DO