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Of particular relevance within the Politics Ontologies Ecologies course at University of Pisa is to investigate ongoing transformations in the global order and governmental approaches, emergent technological landscapes and narratives of crisis and remedy, new social mobilizations and conflicting ontologies of the human and the nonhuman. 
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Overview

NOTICE: The program will be activated in distance learning mode.

Political ecology is a long-established interdisciplinary field, including various social sciences and humanities, aimed at investigating the interface of societies and the biophysical world as affected by, and in its turn affecting, the political order and related dynamics of conflict and cooperation, domination and emancipation. 

The overall stance is critical of capitalist economy, seen at the core of a socio-ecological (rather than just ecological) crisis that got growing evidence since the 1970s. Political ecology also questions the (purportedly) apolitical outlooks that lead the debate and which assume that the problem can be addressed in politically neutral terms leaving unaccounted for the way science and technology intermingle with power and interests.

The emergence of the notion of Anthropocene, the acknowledgment of fast-accelerating climate change and the worldwide spread of “environmental justice” mobilizations have in different ways stressed that the crisis cannot be effectively tackled, whether in terms of mitigation or adaptation, without addressing its social causes. 

Aim

The  Politics Ontologies Ecologies course at University of Pisa  will offer postgraduate and PhD students, and early career researchers the opportunity to interact with international scholars with a background in a variety of fields.

Basic purpose is to provide an advanced approach to the socio-environmental crisis, broadening the traditional political ecology outlook to encompass emergent ontological issues and conflicts.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Topics addressed include:

  • Critical perspectives on the crisis (post-Marxist, de/post-colonial, feminist, etc.)
  • Environmental justice, ontological struggles and everyday environmentalism in the global North and South
  • Innovation and the transformation of capitalism: emergent technologies and new arrangements of production and reproduction
  • Climate change, catastrophism and chronopolitics
  • Just transition, work and sustainable welfare
  • Growth, limits and de/post-growth
  • The Anthropocene as risk and opportunity for socio-ecological change
  • Value, valuation and valorisation
  • Alternative economies and conceptions of economy
  • Plural ontologies, “more-thanhuman” ecologies and ecologies of care

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • A statement of purposes from the applicant will be integral to the evaluation for admission.
  • Identity Document (*passport in case you are a foreign student*)
  • Enrolment Form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certification of B2 (or higher) level of English (not compulsory, but highly recommended)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
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  • EU/EEA

    Free
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