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EHJustice Annual Conference #2: "Global Justice and Its Limits: Complexities of time and space "

Hybrid event, in person at Aarhus University, with online component.

Info about event


Thursday 3 November 2022, at 10:00 - Saturday 5 November 2022, at 18:00

Registration is open

Conference registration: global environmental justice and its limits: complexities of time and space (au.dk) (open until 31-10-2022, 12:00 CET)

Dinner registration (regular attendees only - no dinner registration needed for speakers and organizers): Please sign up as soon as possible, and no later than Friday October 28th at 12:00: global environmental justice and its limits: complexities of time and space - dinner (au.dk)

Global Environmental Justice and Its Limits: Complexities of Time and Space

Please find updates about the conference on the official EHJustice website: EHJustice Annual Conference #2: "Global Justice and Its Limits: Complexities of time and space" (au.dk)


We intend to spark discussions about plural understandings of justice by exploring how scholars, activists and other civil society actors relate with the concept, and how they negotiate justice claims through space and time. We explicitly seek to address the temporal and spatial dimensions of global environmental justice by considering how colonial/postcolonial trajectories inform mobilization and communication strategies in ongoing conflicts over resources, territories and the distribution of risks. Crucial to speaking back to and denouncing global environmental injustices are questions of how to give shape to stories of global justice. How do we tell "terrible" stories that are still motivating, empowering and hopeful – if these are the stories to tell?

In particular, we intend to discuss how the different temporalities and histories inherent to different notions of global justice play out in environmental justice movements and how imperial/colonial pathways of extraction shape environmental justice claims and practices of transformative future-making. Furthermore, we intend to explore how to give form to (through narration, storytelling, performance, theories, video, writing) such histories and how stories – or other forms – can be assistive in breaking the course of environmental injustice.

Environmental justice practices often include strong engagements with histories, including via the documentation of histories of pollution, expulsions from homelands, alienating forms of urban planning, and the more-than-human lifeworlds damaged by industrial agriculture or buried beneath concrete. Justice movements work with histories not only to trace practices of harm, but also to identify inspiration for ongoing struggles in examples of past resistances. Importantly, they often experiment with other modes of narrating pasts – including histories that challenge logics of growth and denaturalize state claims. Thus, when we seek to focus on "histories" within the context of this conference, we are not interested merely in the work of historians or in mainstream histories. Instead, we are broadly interested in everyday ways of invoking the past within practices of activism and in relation to wide-ranging questions about justice, ecologies, and environments.

If you have questions please contact ehjustice@cas.au.dk

Organizing team

Aarhus University: Georg Fischer (fischer@cas.au.dk), Heather Swanson (ceh@cas.au.dk), Andreas Beyer Gregersen (abg@cas.au.dk), Mathilde Knöfel (mathilde.knoefel@cas.au.dk)

Aalborg University: Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen, Malayna Raftopoulos, Mikkel Fugl Eskjær

Roskilde University: Kristine Samson

EHJustice core network members: Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen, Georg Fischer, Heather Swanson, Kristine Samson, Malayna Raftopoulos, Mikkel Fugl Eskjær, Stefan Gaarsmand Jacobsen

The EHJustice network is a collaboration between the universities of Aalborg, Aarhus and Roskilde. More information on the network website: https://www.arts.au.dk/ehjustice