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KOSMOS CONFERENCE

1. Publics and ethics of sustainability

In different publics, various response options to sustainability challenges are debated, including, e.g., taxation, regulation, or consumer education. Such instruments imply different modes of sustainability transformation – and thus different understandings of “sustainability”. For better understanding the implications of alternative solution options, we first invite presentations of concrete solution options, explicating their implicit understanding of sustainability. Second, we aim to reflect on implications of the alternative solution options from (e.g., non-ideal) justice and ethics perspectives. This also includes papers on legitimate inter- and transdisciplinary deliberation about the desirability of policy alternatives. (Meta-)criteria of sustainability might evolve out of this discussion.

 

 

Program

Session 1

 

  Publics and ethics of sustainability (part 1): Examining publics, society and ethics

Thursday

 

11.00 - 12.30

room 1.102

 

Convenors: Martin Kowarsch, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) & Anna Henkel, Universität Passau

  Session Chair: Dominic Lenzi, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
   
  Approaches to the normative dimensions of sustainability governance
 

Martin Kowarsch, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) & Anna Henkel, Universität Passau

   
  How to Study the Co-Evolution of Nature and Society: Humboldt and beyond
  Jens Jetzkowitz, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
   
  No We Can't On the reasons why our societies are unable to transform in face of climate change and why we prefer the technological approach
  Christine Bismuth, GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences
   
  A Diagram of the Whole Earth System
  Wolfgang Lucht, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
   
 

 

Session 1   Publics and ethics of sustainability (part 2): Value-laden issues at the science-policy-society interfaces

Thursday

 

15.30 - 17.00

room 1.102

 

Convenors: Martin Kowarsch, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) & Anna Henkel, Universität Passau

  Session Chair: Martin Kowarsch, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
   
  Planetary Justice and the Earth System
  Dominic Lenzi, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
   
  When optimization for governing human-environment tipping elements is neither sustainable nor safe
  Wolfram Barfuss, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
   
  Science-based Systematic Sustainability Assessment in Practice
  Volker Stelzer, Karlsruher Institut for Technology (KIT)
   
  Evaluating changes in pro-ecological understanding and behaviour stemming from transdisciplinary interactions using a robust before-after-intervention-control design: an example from recreational fisheries

 

 

 

Robert Arlinghaus, IGB Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries


 

Session 1

  Publics and ethics of sustainability (part 3): Analyzing and framing societal discourses

Friday

 

13.30 - 15.00

room 1.102

 

Convenors: Martin Kowarsch, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) & Anna Henkel, Universität Passau

  Session Chair: Anna Henkel, Universität Passau
   
  Framing just transitions: discourses as facilitators and barriers of low-carbon energy transitions in Germany and Australia
  Linda Wollersheim, Deakin University
   
  Economic Instruments, Ecological Effectiveness, and Liberal Democracy
  Felix Ekardt, Forschungsstelle Nachhaltigkeit und Klimapolitik
   
  The 2030 Agenda in social discourse - participation and information as key factors for an improved implementation of the SDGs?
  Jonas Birke, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
   
  How to foster constructive emotions for sustainability? Positive psychology and hope-based education for sustainable development as a navigating tool for sustainability transformations
 

Antje Brock, Freie Universität Berlin

 

Session 1a   Publics and ethics of sustainability (part 4a): Having a closer look…

Friday

 

15.30 - 16.30

room 1.102

  Convenors: Martin Kowarsch, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) & Anna Henkel, Universität Passau
  Session Chair: Martin Kowarsch, Mercator Research Institute (MCC)
   
  Neglected Ethics and its effect on tilted pillars of sustainability
  Björn Koch, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
   
  Can network analyses of action situations help to scope leverage points for polycentric transformation? A review
  Christian Kimmich, Masaryk University Brno
     
     
Session 1b   Publics and ethics of sustainability (part 4b): Democratic transformations in the Anthropocene

Friday

 

15.30 - 16.30

room 1.103

  Convenors: Martin Kowarsch, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) & Anna Henkel, Universität Passau
  Session Chair: Anna Henkel, Universität Passau
   
  From Increasing Knowledge to “Real” Behavior Change: Evaluating Ways towards More Effective Ocean Literacy
  Susanne Stoll-Kleemann, University of Greifswald
   
  Towards a Formalisation of "Moral Responsibility"
  Sarah Hiller, Freie Universität Berlin & Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
   
  Humanity as a political subject in the Anthropocene: from planetary subjectivity to global sovereignty.
  Manuel Arias-Maldonado, University of Malaga

 

 

Session 1

 

 

Posters

Thursday,

17.00 - 18.30

Foyer

  Shift the focus from the super-poor to the super-rich
  Ilona M. Otto, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
   
  Human Agency in the Anthropocene
  Ilona M. Otto, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
   
  A Thought Experiment on Sustainable Management of the Earth System
  Jobst Heitzig, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
   
  Ecological Worldviews and Sustainability Leadership
  Katrina S. Rogers, Fielding Graduate University
   
  Humboldt to the power of X – education for a sustainable future
  Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Climate Analytics & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin