Aberystwyth Transitions Reading Group Blog

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400ppm: Exit Holocene, Enter Anthropocene

I have cut and pasted the intro and all 11 essays into a Word document that I can email, if anyone wants it? Personally, if can’t manage reading all 11, I’m certainly going to do for Hulme, Dalby, Szerzynski, Whitehead and the intro



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Reading suggestion

Remember we need suggestions for things to read/view/visit/do to discuss on 11th October. Her’s one suggestion. To mark International Day of Peace on 21st September, Routledge made 30 articles on peace open access (nice idea for a publisher)


I’ve had a yearning to read more complex analyses of peace, war and non-violence – and the transitions between… Some of these articles look really interesting. I was drawn to the one by Kuhn on ‘the peace prefix’ but there’s also an older one by Keen specifically about transitions between peace and war…

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Next meeting: 400ppm: Exit Holocene, Enter Anthropocene

Our first meeting this session will be in the Arts Centre (probably the mezzanine/cafeteria level) on Friday 11 October at 6pm. We’re going to read and discuss a set of essays on passing 400 ppm carbon dioxide in the atmosphere http://societyandspace.com/2013/07/26/400ppm-exit-holocene-enter-anthropocene/
At this meeting, we’ll also decide on what we want to read for future sessions
As a bit of updated background fro new readers, the Reading Group brings students and academics together with citizens and activists from the town and district. It began in 2008 as one element of a Transition Town project, a community venture which sought to build local resilience in the face of the perceived threats of climate change and peak oil. Ironically, the Transitions Reading Group remains active after the wider project has mainly run out of energy. Early in its existence the Group pluralised ‘transition’ to indicate an intention to read beyond the Transition Towns literature. So, we have read and discussed both academic and non-academic work which spans the eclectic range of  topics that the term ‘transitions’ opens up. However, we retain a core interest in transitions to a more environmentally sustainable, just and non-violent society. Also central to the group’s ethos is exchanging relevant personal experiences and relating readings to local socio-economic and political conditions. We don’t confine itself to written material and listen to podcasts, watch films, view art exhibitions and attend theatre performances. We meet in cafes, bar-rooms and public space in the university complex. Future activities may involve reading fiction, listening to and discussing music, art and poetry, as well as inviting authors and artists to discuss their work.

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Conflict in the city

Here’s an interesting political geography listen to whet our appetites until October 11th. Literally (correct, though now old fashioned, use of term) building conflict or conflict resolution/recognition into the city…

“With the majority of the world’s population living in cities, the security of the urban environment is more relevant than ever. Sara Fregonese (Birmingham Fellow in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security) tells us about the research behind her book ‘The Radicals’ City: Urban Environment, Polarisation, Cohesion’ – ‘the argument of the book in a nutshell is that social conditions and urban environments shape each other.’ But just how does the city we live in shape the life we lead, and is it always for the better? And how do we shape it: Cadw Calon Aberystwyth, day centre v Tescos, the university and the Arts Centre, the new peace maze, white poppy ceremony, the former social centre…