Individual Paper: Degrowth in the Middle East and North Africa?
Perspectives and Climate Change, Justice and Social Nature
The Middle East and North Africa have been largely out of the range of recent debates on Degrowth. This is remarkable: The region is one of the most affected by climate change and several other ‘environmental’ problems like droughts, water scarcity or pollution. At the same time, many countries of the region have been site of important social unrests and struggles during the last decade. Migration is an important issue, both to, in and from the region. Questions of social and environmental justice are crucial to analyze the current crises and discuss further options to deal with them. At the same time, turning to the Middle East and North Africa, one of the oldest inhabited areas of the world, conceived deeply “cultural”, has much to offer to ongoing debates on Degrowth. The landscapes, politics and imaginaries of the region have been and are shaped by colonialism, imperialism and orientalism. Since the 1980s neoliberal reforms have reshaped political and social relations, leading to calls for “bread, freedom and social justice” in the uprisings since 2011. In the paper it is asked why the region is hardly involved in current debates on Degrowth and other environmental issues, and which blind folds of Degrowth debates can be identified through this question. Using the example of climate change, its impacts and political implications in the region, it is discussed which questions, challenges and opportunities arise when turning the Degrowth debate to the Middle East and North Africa.
Start time: 11:00
Room: Nöjesteatern (Theater)
Track: Expanding Geographies of Degrowth