Anthropocene


The term anthropocene designates a new geological era, in which human activity, defined by the acceleration in technical innovation, has become central. This era began with the industrial revolution before gradually imposing itself over the 20th century as the use of fossil energies – namely petrol, gas and coal - was generalized throughout societies.

Last posts from "Anthropocene" issue:
> Understanding the Bioregion as the Political Form of the ‘Milieu’ Seminar by Isabella Tomassi, May 19, 2017 May 2017
> Can a Technofix Save the Planet? By Clive Hamilton April 2014
> Human Destiny in the Anthropocene By Clive Hamilton April 2014


Collapse


The notion of “collapse” illustrates a set of simultaneous factors that would incapacitate – temporarily or definitively – the biosphere to offer adequate living conditions.

Last posts from "Collapse" issue:
> Collapse Is Not a Bug, It Is a Feature Seminar by Ugo Bardi, October 12, 2017 December 2017
> The Next Thirty-three Years on Earth November 2017
> The Economy : a Process of Self-organized Criticality Seminar by François Roddier, April 21st, 2017 April 2017


Economy


Going beyond the myths of stray economics, the objective is to find new ways to mobilize resilient socio-economic systems that are capable of facing the risks of systemic financial breakdown as well as announced energy scarcity. To think about the economy beyond growth and to create a new imaginary to stimulate new horizons is crucial to the research undertaken at the Institut Momentum.

Last posts from "Economy" issue:
> The Economy : a Process of Self-organized Criticality Seminar by François Roddier, April 21st, 2017
> The Bioregions : the New Territories of Degrowth Seminar by Julie Celnik, December 9th, 2016 December 2016
> Of the Acceleration of Algorithms Seminar by Thierry Caminel, June 3rd, 2016 June 2016


Energy and autonomous energies


Energy is a common good that belongs to human communities: the 21st century’s energetic descent will make them responsible actors and no longer simple users of invisible energy flows and switches.

Last posts from "Energy and autonomous energies" issue:
> Reduced Net Energy, the Final Frontier of the Anthropocene Seminar of the 13th of December 2013 by Benoît Thévard December 2013
> Personal Carbon Allowances, Rationing and Responsibility Seminar of the 15th of June 2012 by Mathilde Szuba June 2012
> Should we try to find a replacement for oil? March 2012


Food systems


Going against the standardization of disciplines that currently dominates agronomy, there is a need to mobilize more global and holistic visions of food systems. Momentum is interested in approaches that inscribe themselves within agro-ecological approaches where diversity is valued at every level, from the field to the landscape.

Last posts from "Food systems" issue:
> Animal Rights : from Ethics to Politics Seminar by Corine Pelluchon, June 16, 2017 June 2017
> The Île-de France : a Resilient Bioregion by 2050? Seminar by Agnès Sinaï, Benoît Thévard, Mireille Ferri and Pierre Serne, March 24th, 2017 March 2017
> The Road Towards an Oil Free Agriculture Seminar of the 12th of April 2013 by Pablo Servigne April 2013


Low techs and jobs


Energetic descent will bring industrial societies to simplify themselves. A new form of social organization will emerge that will require more labor, repopulate the countryside, re-localize the majority of production and call for a widespread re-learning, based on local crafts and low tech rather than high tech. Momentum suggests some paths of reflection on these issues.

Last posts from "Low techs and jobs" issue:
> Of the Acceleration of Algorithms Seminar by Thierry Caminel, June 3rd, 2016 June 2016
> Medicine and Degrowth: Adversaries or Allies? Seminar by Pietro Majno, May 20, 2016 May 2016
> Can the Industry Get Out of Planned Obsolescence Seminar of the 15th of February 2013 by Corinne Coughanowr February 2013


Permaculture


Our societies have developed a system of food production that consumes around 10 calories of energy for every single calorie found on someone’s plate. Beyond organic and peasant farming, permaculture offers a third option: what makes it unique is its ability to stimulate ecosystems. The founding idea of permaculture is to create edible ecosystems.

Last posts from "Permaculture" issue:
> The Île-de France : a Resilient Bioregion by 2050? Seminar by Agnès Sinaï, Benoît Thévard, Mireille Ferri and Pierre Serne, March 24th, 2017 March 2017
> The Permacultural Revolution Seminar of the 14th of December 2012 December 2012


The psychology of change


Confronted by current developments, the human psyche had to create some defenses: these can take the form of denial, or specular interaction or even psychosocial drifts as we become used to catastrophe and legitimize it by cognitive dissonance. Momentum is looking for researchers that could contribute to the important issue of the psychology of change in societies facing the end of oil.

Last posts from "The psychology of change" issue:
> Heirs and Heiresses to Ecofeminism Seminar by Emilie Hache, February 24th, 2017 February 2017
> Can a Technofix Save the Planet? By Clive Hamilton April 2014
> Social Cohesion in Times of Prolonged Recession. Spain, Greece, Portugal. Seminar of the 14th of February 2014 by Alice Canabate February 2014