Cultural Diversity: A Challenge to the single Thought

Organised by Stichting Otherwise Wageningen

Thu 1 February 2018

Venue Forum, building number 102
Droevendaalsesteeg 2
6708 PB Wageningen

We welcome you to our special Critical mini-Conference on cultural diversity in the world of environmental management and nature conservation.

The program will look like as follows:

17:30-18:30 Introduction to the key concepts of neoliberalism by MSc. Marco Daldos Pirri

- Break - with Tasty Traditional Food

19:00 -20:15 Case Studies from Experts
- Msc. Marco Daldos Pirri
- PhD. Bas Verschuuren
.......More to be announced soon!

- Break -

20:30 - 21:30 Discussion with guest speakers (tba)

21:30 - 22:00 Wrap -up

----------------------Detailed Description------------------------------

Neoliberalism is a term often used to describe the character of the modern age we live in. Increasingly, neoliberalism as a state of affairs, as a logic by which political and economic decisions are taken, is observed to affect natural resource management as well as the contemporary environmentalist movements.

But what makes this term so popular among philosophers, critics and activists? What is behind the concept that makes it so powerful?

On February 1st, we will host several experts to allow for a reflection on neoliberalism, its roots and its character and its effect on our lives and the contemporary Western environmentalist movement.

Besides addressing the prevalence of neoliberal notions and logics, we also want to point towards possible alternatives. For this, we will give the floor to MSc. student Marco Daldos Pirri, who initiated this event. He will share his rich shamanic experiences inspired by the traditions of the Shuar people of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

His starting point is:

The modern days are characterised by what Diego Fusaro, young Italian philosopher, defines as the most ideologized era that humanity has ever seen. Why did he say so?

Because nowadays, neoliberalism and its ideology conquered the world and - almost - every domain of people’s life.

Neoliberalism also caught the environmental movement in a trap, transforming it into so-called green-neoliberalism. The logics of the market won priority over the real environmental, social and cultural problems that the old environmental movement wanted to solve.