Aberystwyth Transitions Reading Group Blog


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Reading/listenings/viewings for Autumn 2012

On October 11th several of us (Sam, Kelvin, Lotte, Carl, David, Yoann, and Katherine) met in the Arts Centre to discuss the schedule for the upcoming months. We agreed to continue meeting at the Arts Centre, in the quietest possible spot on the second floor to talk about the suggested items below.

6pm in the Arts Centre (quietest spot)

Thursday 25th October

Joe Dunthorne and Mosh Pit Society http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01m176r

Margrit Kennedy, Complementary Currencies http://margritkennedy.de/media/art_en_complementary_currencies_54.pdf

Thursday 22 November

Andy Merrifield, The Castle Within (Adbusters, copies from Kelvin)

David Harvey, Rebel Cities http://davidharvey.org/2012/05/video-rebel-cities-the-urbanization-of-class-struggle/

Thursday 13th December

Gill Seyfang & Alex Haxeltine

Growing grassroots innovations: exploring the role of community-based initiatives in governing sustainable energy transitions http://grassrootsinnovations.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/environ-plann-c-2012-seyfang.pdf


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Readings on Community (2011-12)

The Transitions Reading Group meets at the start of the academic year each to decide on readings, film clips, radio or other media items to look at and discuss during the course of the year. In the 2011-12 academic year, meetings took place in the Arts Centre on the last Friday of each month. A list of readings and other media that were discussed is included below.

Readings 2011 -12: COMMUNITY

Peters, Cynthia (2006) Kinship Vision. ZNet. Available at: http://www.zcommunications.org/kinship-vision-by-cynthia-peters

Solnit, Rebecca (2009) Falling Together (extract from A Paradise Built in Hell). Turbulencehttp://turbulence.org.uk/turbulence-5/falling-together/

Lezaun J, 2011, “Bees, beekeepers, and bureaucrats: parasitism and the politics of transgenic life”. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29(4) 738 – 756 [will be made available before meeting]

2012 (dates to be decided)

Jackson, Tim & Michael Peter (2008) Community Action: A force for social change? Some conceptual observations. RESOLVE Working Paper 01-08http://www3.surrey.ac.uk/resolve/Docs/WorkingPapers/RESOLVE_WP_01-08.pdf

Sonnenfeld David A.  & Arthur P.J. Mol(2011) Social theory and the environment in the new world (dis)order. Global Environmental ChangeVolume 21, Issue 3 pp 771 -775 [will be made available before meeting]

Jasanoff, S. (2010) ‘A New Climate For Society’. Theory Culture Study, 27(2-3), pp. 233-253. 775 [will be made available before meeting]

Albert, Michael (2009) Building a Society from Below. Available at http://www.zcommunications.org/michael-albert-julio-ch-vez-noam-chomsky-and-gregory-wilpert-speak-on-building-a-society-from-below-by-michael-albert

Sassen, Saskia & Natan Dotan (2011) ‘Delegating, not returning, to the biosphere: How to use the multi-scalar and ecological properties of cities’. Global Environmental ChangeVolume 21, Issue 3, pp 823-834 [will be made available before meeting]

Harvey, David (2008) The Right to the City. New Left Review. Available at http://www.newleftreview.org/?view=2740


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New Blog!

Welcome to the Aberystwyth Transitions Reading Group Blog. We are an informal gathering of individuals who meet to talk about various inspiring bits of information, news, theory and thought and how they may be applied to creating a better world. This blog was started so that we could keep track of what we have read and discussed and potentially carry on our conversations in the blogosphere. The group is open to anyone with an interest. We meet at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre (though we may  decide on a new venue soon due to noise issues). We have a mailing list which helps arrange meetings and decide on what we’ll read, watch or listen to and talk about. If you are interested in joining in, please sign up using the link on the sidebar of the page.