The Politics of CatastropheSeminar of the 15th of March 2013 by Luc Semal
During the 2000’s decade, two social movements, the degrowth movement in France and Transition Towns in the United- Kingdom, have contributed, both in parallel, to a renewal of the green political landscape. The catastrophist dimension of these two movements, understood as a form of political thought based on the anticipation of major ecological shifts (peak oil, climate change, ecosystems collapse, etc.) that would put an end to the modern version of the democratic project, gives rise to experimental deliberative practices that put into question the hypothesis of continuity that generally pervades theories of democracy.
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