Lecture: From the Welfare State to the Eco-State? Production and Protection in the Twenty-First Century
Virtual lecture by Pierre Charbonnier in the series “Carte Blanche IV”
17 Jan. 2022, 18:00 (CET), ZOOM
The welfare state is an heir to the pact between political emancipation and economic growth that was forged in the age of Enlightenment. In the specific historical conjuncture of the post-war period, the new frontier of science and productivity has been integral to a form of capitalism that was both partly democratised and increasingly dependent on fossil infrastructures. This configuration raises the question of the relationship between social justice, growth regimes and the Anthropocene.
Indeed, we are now forced to question the sustainability of forms of social protection that depend on productivity policies. For political philosophy, this is an important turning point insofar as the question of “the environment” spills over into the organisation of work, risk management, planetary limits, and the discipline of capital.
Pierre Charbonnier is a philosopher and research fellow at the Centre national de recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris as well as at Sciences Po’s Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée. He specialises in the history, epistemology and forms of power associated with the government of nature in modern societies. The German edition of his habilitation Überfluss und Freiheit. Eine ökologische Geschichte der politischen Ideen will be published by Fischer in May 2022.
Corinna Mieth is professor of practical philosophy and philosophy of law at the Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany) since 2010. Her philosophical research is focused on moral philosophy, political philosophy, philosophy of law, ethics and aesthetics. Her main areas of specialisation are Kant’s moral philosophy, John Rawls, positive duties, human rights and human dignity, global justice, consumer ethics and political utopianism.
Pierre Charbonnier, CRNS, Sciences Po Paris
Corinna Mieth, Ruhr University Bochum (RUB)
Danilo Scholz, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)
Participation online via ZOOM. Please register via firstname.lastname@example.org until January 15th, 2022.
The lecture is organised by the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI).
ABOUT CARTE BLANCHE IV: UA RUHR MEETS INTERNATIONAL GUESTS
Exchanges have always been an essential component of the KWI’s activities. We are part of a regional consortium of universities in the Ruhr area and cooperate closely with our local partner institutions. At the same time, our work thrives on an international outlook that taps into debates and developments in the social sciences and humanities abroad. In the new online instalment of our Carte Blanche lecture series, the KWI will provide a platform to bring these two networks into conversation. In each session, an international guest speaker will present original research, which will then be discussed by a scholar from the University Alliance Ruhr.
About the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI):
The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany, is an interdisciplinary research centre following the tradition of international Institutes for Advanced Study. In its role as an inter-university institution connecting the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Technological University Dortmund and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the institute works together with researchers and scientists from its neighbouring universities as well as other partners from the federal state NRW and places in- and outside of Germany. Within the Ruhr area, the KWI is a place to share and discuss the questions and results of ambitious research with interested parties from the city and the greater region. Currently, work at the KWI focusses on the following areas: “cultural studies of science and science policy making”, “sociology of literature and culture”, “science communication”, and a “teaching lab”. Projects in the established research field “culture of communication”, as well as individual projects, will be continued. www.kulturwissenschaften.de