WEBINAR: Dynamic Territory: A Normative Framework for Territory in the Post-Holocene. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion.

How to think about territorial rights and duties in a world where the relative stability and predictability of Holocene conditions are gone? In this talk, associate professor in philosophy Alejandra Mancilla claims that political theorists require a new model for thinking about land, natural resources and our relationship to them, and suggest how this may be done.

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Adrian Paci, Centro di Permanenza temporanea (Temporary Detention Center), 2007. Video, color, sound, 4’32’'. Courtesy of the artist and Kaufmann Repetto Milano / New York, and Peter Kilchmann, Zürich

Climate change will disrupt current political, societal and economic paradigms into the future. Here are some questions that a normative framework for territory will have to answer:

How should we approach a fair territorial arrangement for countries that will partially or completely disappear due to sea level rise or whose main productive activities, like farming, will be lost due to changed weather patterns?

How will we consider locals and migrants in a world where climate refugees are estimated to reach up to one billion by 2050?

How should Global Systemic Resources like rainforests be governed to guarantee their maintenance?

The project Dynamic Territory seeks to integrate the insights of environmental studies, geography and international law into political philosophy, to examine three transversal themes (people in flux, distribution of land and resource use, and the governance of Global Systemic Resources) and develop a novel normative framework for territory.

About the speaker

Alejandra Mancilla is associate professor in practical philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo. She works on global justice, human rights, territorial rights, animal and environmental ethics. She is the author of The Right of Necessity: Moral Cosmopolitanism and Global Poverty (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), and the co-editor of Theories of Justice (Ashgate, 2012). Her work has appeared in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Ethics and International Affairs, Philosophy Compass, CRISPP and Grotiana, among others. She has recently finished leading a three-year project entitled “Political Philosophy Looks to Antarctica”, which examined the moral grounds for territorial claims and claims over natural resources in the White Continent, as well as the legitimacy of its governing body, the Antarctic Treaty System. From 2021, she will be leading “Dynamic Territory”, a European Research Council Starting Grant aimed at thinking of a new normative framework for territory under post-Holocene conditions.

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.

Tags: OSEH, HF, IKOS, Holocene, Anthropocene
Published Jan. 12, 2021 11:48 AM - Last modified Jan. 18, 2021 10:55 AM