Sociological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Department of Sociology of the Institute of Sociological Studies FSS CU invite you to the spring cycle of Thursday sociological seminars.
Online seminars are organized through Zoom. Registration is required in order to receive access information. Link to the registration is available here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYjnY_zn7jZZzxwCm6_YIUeQrVxqsk...
This talk addresses the literature interrogating existing hierarchies in global knowledge production by examining the dominant research on post-1989 Central and East European (CEE) environmentalism. Analyses of CEE environmentalism have predominantly relied on concepts and organizational models generated by research on environmental activism and politics conducted in Western contexts, resulting in negative assessments of CEE as lacking environmental engagement. This talk proposes to re-think CEE environmentalism, arguing for a more positive perspective that takes into account the various traditional practices and informal outdoor and nature-based educational activities that have a long history in CEE. These originated to promote everyday pro-environmental behaviours that are motivated by a desire for authenticity, ethical living and personal integrity. While often overlooked by both Western and CEE observers alike, these forms of CEE environmentalism are strikingly compatible with the everyday material and ‘post- postmaterial’ environmentalism recently promoted by Western-based political theorists. This presentation draws on a paper accepted for publication in Political Geography and co-authored with Kerstin Jacobsson (Göteborg University).
Petr Jehlička is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. His research is located in agro-food studies and revolves around everyday environmentalism and sustainable food consumption at the intersection of formal and informal food economies. More recently he has explored these topics in relation to the geopolitics of knowledge production.
Online seminars are organized through Zoom. Registration is required in order to receive access information. Link to the registration is available HERE.