EVENTS

Upcoming events

 

4–6 October 2021  TORONTO, CANADA and ONLINE

I expect to chair a session or two at the Urban Economy Forum 2021. I am on the steering committee for UEF 2021. We are in the process of evaluating over 100 submissions for papers and panels. More news soon. Meanwhile check out and register for UEF 2021 here.

 

24–28 August 2021  THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS and ONLINE

The 8th International Degrowth Conference — ‘Caring Communities for Radical Change’ will be held 24–28 August 2021 in The Hague, The Netherlands, and online. I am co-convening, with co-editor of Food for Degrowth Ferne Edwards, a session with several contributors to the collection. Our panel is ‘Food for Degrowth: Integrating Care into Alternative Food Practices‘, the program is TBA. For the conference, more details here.

 

5–9 JULY 2021  MANCHESTER UK and ONLINE

Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis is an International Online Joint Conference of International Degrowth Research Networks, International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) and European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) hosted by the University of Manchester, in Manchester (UK) and online, 5–9 July 2021. I will present a ‘Non-monetary economies and degrowth‘ paper on 5 July (the first day of the conference) in Room 4 (and online) at 15:30–17:00 BST. I am also co-convenor, with co-editor Ferne Edwards, of the Food for Degrowth session on 6 July at 17:15–18:45 BST in Room 5 (and online). This panel features the following contributors to the collection: Logan Strenchock, Silvio Cristiano, Pati Homs, Sergio Pedro, Deborah Lambert and Petr Jehlička. It should be a great affair, register here.

 

21 JUNE to 5 JULY 2021

The two-week long 8th Degrowth and Environmental Justice Summer School ‘Degrowth, Alliances, and Global Solidarity’, offers a hybrid (online/in person) week in Barcelona from 21–27 and then a week of narrative building workshops in Can Decreix (”house of degrowth’) on the French-Spain border (Cebère). I will contribute to a discussion on narratives on Monday 28 June and give a talk on international exchange in a degrowth world on Friday 2 July. The summer school is organised by François Schneider (co-editor, with me, of the Housing for Degrowth collection) of Research & Degrowth.

Past events

 

27 MARCH 2021  CARLTON GARDENS, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Degrowth event within the week-long Autumn Rebellion (22–28 March) of XR (Extinction Rebellion). Samuel Alexander, Anitra Nelson and Joshua Floyd discuss degrowth in the Carlton Gardens (SW cnr) 4.30–6pm on Saturday 27 March. I will talk about how grassroots activities and mobilisation can drive a degrowth transition. For more: here

 

26–27 MARCH 2021  INTERNATIONAL (AUSTRALIASIA, online)

Short talk for the On-line Workshop on Organising Interdependencies for a Degrowth Society, an activity of the Online Community on Degrowth & Postgrowth for Management Scholars. The 2021 workshop is held as three two-hour sessions and I will talk in Session 3 (Australasia), 10–12am AEDT. Organised by André Reichel and Robert Perey. More details on this degrowth stream in the Academy of Managment here.

 

20 MARCH 2021  DAYLESFORD, AUSTRALIA

Tyson Yunkaporta (Sand Talk) on sustainability, in conversation with Anitra Nelson on degrowth (Exploring Degrowth and Food for Degrowth) at 7pm on Saturday 20 March at the Daylesford Town Hall — MC Patrick Jones — with Q&A. Hosted by Artist as Family’s School of Applied Neopeasantry and Hepburn Relocalisation Network. Video recording, here.

23 FEBRUARY 2021  MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (ZOOM)

Food for Degrowth: Perspectives and Practices book launch with co-editors Anitra Nelson and Ferne Edwards (NTNU, Norway) and chapter contributor Terry Leahy (University of Newcastle, Australia) at 4pm to 5pm on Tuesday 23 February, with Q&A. An official event of the National Sustainable Living Festival hosted by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (University of Melbourne, Australia). Watch the video here.

 

19/20 FEBRUARY 2021  LONDON (ZOOM)

Vincent Liegey and Anitra Nelson co-authors of Exploring Degrowth in conversation with Derek Wall at 7pm to 8.30pm London time 19 February (6am to 7.30am AEST on 20 February) at Housmans radical bookstore. For details — https://housmans.com/event/introduction-to-degrowth-with-anitra-nelson-and-derek-wall-online-event/

15 and 17 FEBRUARY 2021  MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

(Co)Housing Ecologies (Pts 1 and 2), 7–9pm on 15 and 17 February. Part 1 was a Forum with David Holmgren (Melliodora) , Cate Grant (Murundaka) and Daryl Taylor (KInship). Anitra Nelson was MC (Pt 1) and facilitated a breakout session in the workshop (Pt 2). On Zoom. Hosted and organised by Cohousing Australia.

 

15 FEBRUARY 2021  CENTRAL VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (PODCAST and 16 FEBRUARY MAINfm BROADCAST)

Allie Hanley interviews Terry Leahy and Anitra Nelson on degrowth and associated climate change and sustainability themes for her Saltgrass podcast (‘Salt of the earth people. Grassroots change.). Aired on MAINfm 94.9 on 16 February at 4pm and podcast posted 15 February 2021 here.

7/8 FEBRUARY 2021  MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (ZOOM)

A Marxist Education Project event in their Pluto Press FireWorks series of talks — Vincent Liegey and Anitra Nelson co-authors of Exploring Degrowth in conversation with extensive Q&A, 2pm to 4pm Eastern Time Zone on 7 February (6am to 8am AEST 8 February). Video here

17 DECEMBER 2020  POSTCAPITALISM PODCAST

The Postcapitalism Podcast offers interviews on imaginaries of the world after capitalism and strategies for getting there. Chris Wellard is the host. Mid-December ‘Anitra Nelson on capitalism, COVID-19, and degrowth economics was first aired, listen here, where you will also find links to references I mention. The Postcapitalism Podcast site is a great resource for activists and scholars.

26 NOVEMBER and 3 DECEMBER 2020  AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (ZOOM)

Originally a two-day face-to-face symposium at University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) for contributors to the PostGrowth Planning book (Routledge, forthcoming) co-edited by Federico Savini (University of Amsterdam), Kim von Schönfeld (Wageningen University) and António Ferreira (University of Porto). Necessarily organised via private Zoom meetings. My contribution is a chapter on dwelling beyond growth co-written with Paul Chatterton.

5 NOVEMBER 2020   DAREBIN CLIMATE ACTION NOW, AUSTRALIA  (ZOOM)

Can degrowth save us from the climate catastrophe? What changes must we make to live within Earth’s limits? Where are the practical models? Hosted by the Darebin Climate Action Now, Anitra Nelson explores these questions and more around the degrowth movement as she lives it and analysed in the Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide book she has coauthored with Vincent Liegey. See Facebook event page here. Register here.

28 OCTOBER 2020   SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (ZOOM)

Revolutions are wrought from testing times and sparks that light the way ahead. Anitra Nelson (Central Victoria) and Vincent Liegey (Budapest) speak in postcapitalist terms to their recent books – Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide and Pandemic Solidarity: Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 Crisis — which are imbued with transformational insights. One explains the background, activities, and political achievements and challenges for  ‘degrowth’. The other analyses the eruption of mutual aid organisations across 18 countries and regions in the current pandemic. This SEARCH Foundation event was on Wednesday 28 October at 20:00–21:00 AEDT. Here is the recording.

 

21 OCTOBER 2020   REGIONAL VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA) PODCAST

Climate Conversations— the continuous conversation about climate change: news, views and interviews — hosted by regional Victoria’s Robert Mclean posts a podcast interview ‘Anitra Nelson takes us on a journey through degrowth’ (21 October 2020) here. Robert feels somewhat apprehensive about a degrowth future but Anitra tries to convince him that a degrowth future is nigh.

8 OCTOBER 2020   CENTRAL VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (ZOOM)

Anitra Nelson and Patrick Jones in conversation about ‘degrowth’ — living with minimal ecological footprints locally and as a society — with reference to the recently published Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide. Patrick has contributed a key chapter to Food for Degrowth: Perspectives and Practices, which Anitra co-edited, due out in December. This event is hosted by the Goldfields Library Corporation and Castlemaine Library on Thursday 8 October 7.00–8.00pm AEST. Media here. Recording here.

5–6 OCTOBER 2020   TORONTO, CANADA (ZOOM)

Anitra Nelson talks on ‘COVID-19: Capitalist and postcapitalist perspectives’ on the panel at the 2nd Urban Economy Forum — on the occasion of World Habitat Day and 75th United Nations Anniversary— in the Theme 4: Urban Transformation: Shifting Paradigms in Urbanism session. Day 2, 6 October 9am–Noon (Toronto time). Booking for the free forum here.

30 SEPTEMBER 2020   MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (ZOOM)

Degrowth, Solidarity and the Welfare State — Anitra Nelson and Boris Frankel in conversation on the recently launched FireWorks series from Pluto Press (London), for which Anitra is a series editor. This Melbourne Sustainable Society institute (MSSI, University of Melbourne) event focused on significant topics in Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide by Vincent Liegey and Anitra Nelson, Pandemic Solidarity: Mutual Aid During the Covid-19 Crisis by Marina Sitrin and Colectiva Sembrar, and Reinventing the Welfare State: Digital Platforms and Public Policies by Ursula Huws. Q&A followed — Wednesday 30 September 1.00–2.00pm, recording here

16 SEPTEMBER 2020  PODCAST RECORDING

Michael Bayliss presenter and producer of Post-Growth Australia Podcast interview for Episode 7: Discovering Degrowth with Anitra Nelson  Degrowth? What does it mean? Is it about austerity and deprivation? Or is it about community, collaboration and unshackling ourselves from the matrix of the growth economy into a world that is more equitable, liveable and sustainable? According to Anitra Nelson — definitely the latter! Listen to the podcast here.

28 AUGUST 2020  GLOBAL (ZOOM) LAUNCH

A Global Tapestry of Alternatives event in the Webinar series ‘Dialogue on Alternatives in the Time of Global Crises’— co-authors Vincent Liegey and Anitra Nelson in conversation on the recently launched Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide Friday 28 August 18.00–19.30 AEST. More details and 99 min. recording here — https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/webinars:10

30 JUNE 2020  CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (ONLINE)

Vincent Liegey and I participated in a webinar panel launching the special Crisis issue, Demos Journal #10 with thoughts and reflections on writing and analysing crises for our feature essay ‘Democratic crises and degrowth‘. Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm AEST See Facebook event. Our contribution to the journal focuses on degrowth and genuine democracy; you can read it here

6 JUNE 2020 GLOBAL DEGROWTH DAY

Vincent Liegey and I talked with one another about our forthcoming book Exploring Degrowth: A Critical Guide — in a public online session — outlining why and how we got together to collaborate on the book and some of its key points. Pluto Press (London) will issue the book in August, the second in their new FireWorks series.

The 6 June, Global Degrowth Day — Good Life for All event went live 11.00–12.30 Central European Summer Time (19:00–20.30 Australian Eastern Standard Time). You can watch a 10mins preview video here  And the 90mins live event YouTube recording is here.

 

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3 and 4 JUNE 2020  BRISBANE and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (online)

At 7–8.30pm on 3 June I conversed with Ana Poças from the Dutch Degrowth Platform on ‘What role for degrowth in a Covid-19 world?‘ This webinar session had Michelle Maloney as the MC as it was organised by the New Economy Network Australia (NENA). Watch this space for the recording.

At 7–8.30pm on 4 June I talked about degrowth to a class of the Marrickville School of Economics (Sydney) in a course — Contagion the Kitchen Table — run by Rebecca Conway, mainly drawing on Exploring Degrowth, Food for Degrowth, and Housing for Degrowth. (A longer version of this talk was presented online for RMIT University environmental and planning students (ENVI 1051) on 25 May.)

 

13 MAY 2020 CASTLEMAINE, AUSTRALIA (online)

On panel discussing local Alternative Economics — including degrowth —for the Castlemaine Commons, a weekly online one-hour show available to watch now here.

 

7 MARCH 2020  MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

In conversation with Terry Leahy on Exploring Degrowth — aka postgrowth — a movement that focuses on quality rather than quantity and respecting Earth’s limits — at 2pm–3.30pm, Trades Hall, The Commons, Cnr Victoria and Lygon Sts Carlton 3053. We discussed the degrowth movement and activism, housing for degrowth, such as eco-collaborative housing with food grown collectively and frugal abundance shared. This was a ‘Re-Tune Talk’ organised by Dance House, Carlton — podcast to come.

17 FEBRUARY 2020  DORTMUND, GERMANY

I contributed remotely to the 5th Dortmund Conference on Spatial Planning and Research 2020 17–18 February at the School of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University — jointly organised with the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), Hanover, and the Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development (ILS), Dortmund. The overall theme of the conference was Rethinking Spaces — Planning in a Changing World. The roundtable to which I contributed on Monday 17 February 17:30 to 19:00 — ‘Post-growth from international planning perspectives: Digital roundtable on the future of planning in a post-growth world’ was moderated by Christian Lamker (University of Groningen) Kim Carlotta von Schönfeld (Wageningen University) and Viola Schulze Dieckhoff (TU Dortmund University). For more details see page 199 in the Book of Abstracts.

16 FEBRUARY 2020  CARLTON (MELBOURNE), AUSTRALIA

I spoke in a small panel at a Cohousing Australia and New Economy Network of Australia (NENA) event of the 2020 Sustainable Living Festival, at 10am on Sunday 16 February at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street in Carlton. There were 60+ people participating. We talk about what prompted us to seek eco-collaborative housing, our experiences and why we believed living this way is significant in the context of a climate emergency. See the full day Collaborative Futures Festival organised by Cohousing Australia and NENA here, and details on our panel, here.

6–7 FEBRUARY 2020  UNIVERSITY of SYDNEY, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Terry Leahy and I will present together on a dedicated panel at the 11th Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) workshop organised by the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney 6–7 February. We will talk about Nonmarket Socialism. What is it? How will we get there? My talk will draw on a book manuscript I am currently working on Moving Beyond Money: A Post-Capitalist Strategy to be published by Pluto Press (London). Check out AIPEN here.

24–26 NOVEMBER 2019  RMIT UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

I joined Ariel Salleh, Terry Leahy and Samuel Alexander on a panel — with Hans Baer as MC — at 15.30–17.30 on Monday 25 November in the Swanston Academic Building Main Theatre 80.07.01, 445 Swanston St Melbourne (RMIT University). Our panel discussed Radical Futures for Ecological Economics at the Australia New Zealand Society of Ecological Economics (ANZSEE) 2019 Conference ‘Ecological Economics: Solutions for Now and In the Future’. My talk  ‘”Through the Looking-Glass” of Ecological Economics’ is the second half of a duo with Terry Leahy and offers non-monetary economies (real value studies), specifically non-market socialism — as the foundation of postcapitalist transformation.

I was the Chair of the organising committee for this conference. Here is an associated article on The Conversation on ecological economics and for more on the conference see the ANZSEE site.

13 OCTOBER 2019   BENDIGO, AUSTRALIA

Elena Peyrera and Anitra Nelson on e-cohousing at the Bendigo (e)cohousing forum held at The Old Church on the Hill, 36 Russell Street, Quarry Hill, VIC 3550 5.00–8.30pm.

25 SEPTEMBER 2019   CASTLEMAINE, AUSTRALIA

Talk on recent research in Europe and relevance to Australian cohousing developments. Held by the Mount Alexander Ecohousing Group affiliated with the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group in the Ray Bradfield room in Victory Park Mostyn Street, 7–9pm.

4–5 JULY 2019  CARDIFF, WALES  and  5–9 AUGUST  BERLIN, GERMANY

Participant in Workshop 1 (4–5 July in Cardiff ) of the Eco-communities in Urban Futures research project instigated by Sheffield University Professor Jenny Pickerill. We are co-developing chapters for the Eco-Communities — Another Life is Possible book. I responded to the keynote speaker. Here is a short item I wrote relevant to our discussions:.  Afterwards, I conducted a week of self-funded fieldwork at Cloughjordan Ecovillage (Ireland) and spent another week in a housing cooperative in Zurich (Switzerland) collecting primary material for my chapter. Finally, I joined a small team of international contributors to the Eco-Communities book for a team residency in Berlin, 5–9 August, partially funded by The Netherlands Independent Social Research Foundation. Alongside our book, we are co-writing a journal article for Urban Studies and scoped funding for continuing our collaboration.

26 JUNE 2019 MELBOURNE

Short talk on ‘Dirt Justice’ in Panel 1, Dirt Governance, led by Wendy Steele at 9.30am on Day 1 of the Transformative Urban Governance Conference 26–27 June at RMIT University, Melbourne (Victoria, Australia).

20 JUNE 2019  BENDIGO, AUSTRALIA

Breakfast with Fiona Parker interview for ABC Central Victoria radio — 9am–9.40am — in a special session on ‘downsizing’ and eco-collaborative living (including Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet).

26 MAY 2019 MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Interview as one of a panel discussing sustainable housing, living and urban planning during the wee hours of Sunday morning on 3RRR’s The Party Show

 

11 MAY 2019  WEIMAR, GERMANY

Invited speaker at the Postgrowth City: Perspectives of Socio-Ecological Transformation of Urban Society Conference 10–11 May, at the Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany. Contributing talk (remotely) on Housing for degrowth: Contradictions challenging grassroots activists.

21 FEBRUARY 2019  MELBOURNE

As part of the National Sustainable Living Festival 2019, the last — and best? — of 30 events in 14 countries comes the Melbourne launch of Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities, at RMIT University in Building 80 (aka Swanston Academic Building) at 445 Swanston St Melbourne on Level 2 in Lecture Theatre Room 7 at 5.30 – 7pm on Thursday 21 January.

Explaining and debating ‘degrowth’ in housing and urbanisation was lead editor of the collection Associate Professor Anitra Nelson; Professor Jago Dodson, Director RMIT Centre for Urban Research; Routledge Environmental Humanities series editor Emeritus Professor Libby Robin (ANU); Professor Brendan Gleeson (Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne) and Terry Leahy (Conjoint, University of Newcastle). Free but please register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/housing-for-degrowth-melbourne-book-launch-tickets-53612013977 We had 200+ attendees

19 FEBRUARY 2019  MELBOURNE

What are the housing alternatives of the future? This Cohousing Australia event — at 6–8pm at the Presidents Room at the Kelvin Club 14–30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne — to find out about cohousing and why everyone is talking about it was attended by 60+. It was an opportunity to learn the value of community living and resource sharing, and to find out how cohousing and alternative ownership models can lift community engagement and build a more sustainable future, as well as the potential of Community Land Trusts to deliver perpetually affordable housing. Panel of speakers: Anitra Nelson, Heidi Lee, and Karl Fitzgerald with MC Elsie L’Huillier of Commoners Coop. Find out more here.

27 OCTOBER–4 DECEMBER 2018  EUROPEAN TOUR

As co-editors of Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities, from 27 October to 4 December, I and François Schneider will speak with other urbanists and contributors to the book at more than 25 events and workshops in cities in 11 European countries.

A working schedule of the tour can be found here. Details for just some of these events appear below.