Collaboration Mediamatic & UvA

Radical Imagining of 'Just & Green' futures

Making Utopias Real with Laura Burgers, Ivana Isailović, Usha Natarajan, Pippi van Ommen, Anouk Beckers, Margarita Nieves & Kyra Sacks

20 Jul 2022

A limit on your energy consumption? A ban on cars? Or hamburgers for 100 euros?

We like to promise each other a "just and green transition" of the economy, addressing global warming in a "fair, equitable and inclusive" way. But we're still unsure what that actually means.

What are the ground rules, characteristics, values, infrastructures, institutions and forms of governance of a just world? How can we imagine it in a way that is inclusive and just for humans, plants, minerals, fungi and animals? To make the future better, we will have to practice imagining what it should look like.

We ask scientists, activists and artists their ideas about the future.
After these introductions we will take up the challenge together: Imagining the world after a green and just transition.

Come and think along!

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Environmental activist Pippi van Ommen explaining what steps to take towards a just and green future. -

Five inspiring speakers kick off the conversation by painting their picture of a green and just future. After these introductions, you are invited to take an active role in imagining the world after a green and just transition. The main outcomes of the event are visualized by artist-anthropologist Kyra Sacks. The discussion will be moderated by Laura Burgers.

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Portret Laura Burgers - Stil uit de Brainwashtalk van Laura Burgers. ' Wat als we niet alleen mensen, maar ook dieren, planten en zeeën rechten zouden geven? Jurist en schrijver Laura Burgers over een idee dat even opvallend als nodig is.' Bekijk de talk hier. HUMAN (Humanistische Omroep)

Laura Burgers

Laura Burgers works as assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam on climate change litigation, rights of nature and rights of future generations. She studied law and French in Amsterdam, Paris and New York. In 2016, she started her PhD research at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Law on the democratic legitimacy of judicial lawmaking in climate justice cases. Themes within this research are (European) private law, environmental ethics and legal philosophy on democracy and the rule of law.

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Portret Ivana Isailovic - Ivana Isailović

Ivana Isailović

Ivana Isailović works as assistant professor of law at the University of Amsterdam and specializes in gender and feminist studies. She has a transnational background, and has worked and taught in various places in Europe and North America. She explains how intersectional gender inequalities are embedded in the logic of our unsustainable economies and sketches an alternative future and borrowing from materialist and queer feminisms.

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Usha Natarajan Portait - Usha Natarajan

Usha Natarajan

Usha Natarajan is a scholar in the fields of international environmental law, migration and refugee law, and postcolonialism. Her research is interdisciplinary, utilizing postcolonial and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) to provide an interrelated understanding of development, environment, migration and conflict.

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Pippi van Ommen - Pippi van Ommen wordt aangehouden tijdens een demonstratie van Extinction Rebellion, begin oktober in Amsterdam. Beeld AFP Afp Photo

Pippi van Ommen

Pippi van Ommen is an Environmental Justice Advocate and activist of the international protest movement Extinction Rebellion. Her grandfather worked at Shell and her parents' houseboat looks out on an office of that same oil company she opposes. The first time she was arrested and ended up in jail, she still remembers clearly: 'It felt so terribly unjust.' 

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Anouk creating a Magnesium jacket - Costume Lab trial Anouk is creating a magnesium jacket during our trial Costume Lab. She is our workshop host, and has been preparing this upcoming workshops for Mediamatic. In the Open Costume Lab, you get to make a costume, offering a place for experimentation and design research on how to mimic various species in fabric and other materials. Andrea Valdivia

Anouk Beckers

Anouk Beckers is an artist, designer and researcher based in Amsterdam. She presents her fashion design for Mediametic’s Inhuman Carnaval project. When we dress ourselves as an earthworm, can we better imagine a future in which discrimination based on species no longer exists? In her work she interrogates the current fashion system where fast fashion plays an important role.

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Margarita Nieves Portrait KATOWICE Conference -

 

Margarita Nieves

Margarita Nieves is a Colombian lawyer, PhD candidate at the University of Groningen and European Climate Pact Ambassador. With her academic research, she contributes to the fields of environmental governance and sustainability, with emphasis on the energy transition, and climate change regulation. She answers the question: what awaits the world in a carbon neutral energy system? She reflects in particular on what energy sources will dominate, what technologies will provide carbon neutral energy, and on how governments and corporations can bridge the gap between developed and developing economies.

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Kyra Sacks portret - Portret Kyra Sacks. 

With: Kyra Sacks

Kyra Sacks

Kyra Sacks is a visual artist and social anthropologist from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She works on both individual and collaborative artistic and ethnographic research projects, in which she strives to integrate art and social science in a way that makes pressing issues relatable and tangible. She visualizes the main outcomes of the event.

Information

Radical Imagining of 'just & green' futures
Wednesday the 20th of July 2022
16:30-18:30 
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam

Ticket (normal): €15,00

Artist/Student/Stadspas: €10,50

This event is co-organised and sponsored by the Sustainable Global Economic Law, an interdisciplinary research group of the University of Amsterdam.

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Sign made by Mediamatic employees during the event. - Petra Baturova

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Sign made by participants during the event. - Petra Baturova

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Signs made by participants at the event. - Petra Baturova

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Sign made by participants during the event. - Petra Baturova

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Costume Lab intern Fred setting up signs made by participants at the event. - Petra Baturova

With: Fredrik Link
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Signs made by participants during the event. - Petra Baturova

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Signs made by participants during the event. - Petra Baturova

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Signs displayed in the restaurant. - Petra Baturova

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Sign displayed in the restaurant. - Petra Baturova

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Signs displayed in the restaurant. - Petra Baturova

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Signs displayed in the restaurant. - Petra Baturova

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Sign displayed in the restaurant. - Petra Baturova

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Signs displayed in the restaurant. - Petra Baturova

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Signs displayed in the restaurant. - Petra Baturova

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Signs displayed in the restaurant. - Petra Baturova

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Signs displayed in the restaurant. - Petra Baturova

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Environmental activist Pippi van Ommen explaining what what steps to take towards a just and green future. - Petra Baturova

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Professor of law at the University of Amsterdam Ivana Isailović prepping the audience for the speeches. - Petra Baturova

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Ivana Isailovic talking to the audience. - Ivana Isailović

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Colombian lawyer, PhD candidate at the University of Groningen and European Climate Pact Ambassador, Margarita Nieves, speaking to the audience. - Ivana Isailović

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Scholar Usha Natarajan, speaking to the audience. - Ivana Isailović

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Anne displaying a mask made in Open Costume Lab. - Ivana Isailović

With: Anne Hofstra