This research seminar explores the relationship between a) notions and experiences of alienation, b) notions and agendas of emancipation and c) the project of a Socio-Ecological Transformation of modern consumer societies that is widely demanded by scientists as well as political activists. The research seminar explores normative commitments and theoretical assumptions of different strands of literature – which in many cases remain unreflected and implicit. Understandings of alienation and emancipation as well as their relationship towards sustainability and the project of a socio-ecological transformation will be covered.
· This Research Seminar focuses on selected theories and concepts of alienation and emancipation, which very are commonly used in research on the condition of modern societies, their multiple crises and their projected transformation. This semester we will focus specifically on (a) competing ways in which different actors frame alienation, emancipation the aspired transformation of society.
· PhD theses and other research proposals will be presented, discussed and further developed.
· Publication projects will be discussed and related drafts reviewed.
· Furthermore, we will critically look at articles (from a reviewer’s perspective) which have been submitted to academic journals.