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CES Winter School (online): Sustainable development, complexity and change: thinking and practices for the SDG and other objectives

This Winter School is based in a logic of deep interdisciplinarity, oriented towards promoting productive, collaborative, critical and creative dialogues between different disciplines and modes of thinking, between theory and research and the practices that “in the real world” enact and realise, critique or present alternative or complementary proposals to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Being a part of the international political agenda since 1987, the notion of sustainable development is considered a global mark towards the awareness of the need of a new paradigm for development, guiding policies aimed at the respecting the interrelation between economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection as cornerstones for the individual and collective well-being.

However, both the concept and it’s expression, configured in the 17 SDG and their indicators, remain under discussion, raising issues about their adequacy to places, contexts and specific problems, about the practices that sustain the concept of sustainable development and the degree of congruence between the thinking underlying the SDG, the complexity of the world and the actions informed by such thinking.

The question needs to be raised that an insufficient recognition of the complexity of the problems that sustain the SDG and the realities they aim to dress, as well as of the need to develop modes of thinking and practices congruent with such complexity, may prevent or limit the success of this new agenda, even leading, in unpredictable ways to the configurations of new, more or less preferred or unwanted realities.

This Summer School aims to stimulate the discussion around the SDG, guided by critical, alternative and complementary views. We invite academics, activists, intervenors, educators and whoever more is interested in participating in the co-constuction of new ways of thinking and action that inform the pursue of sustainable and desirable alternatives for the place of humanity. A variety of creative techniques and mediums will be used to support rich interactions and dialogues amongst the participants and the co-evolution and co-construction of new ideas. 

The School will welcome the exhibit of posters from doctoral or postdoctoral researchers which will be target of a critical re-construction process throughout the Summer School and equally presented in the last day. Throughout all days there will be an online exhibition of informative materials around the actions of diverse organisations, practitioners and activists, oriented to themes of development. The wider audience interested in the themes of the Summer School is invited to follow our daily reports and to interact with the group by posing questions and raising issues through our social media pages (cf. invitation to wider audience).

CountryPortugal (online and in English)
LocationOnline (through Zoom and integrating other virtual tools)
Starts on14/12/2020
Ends on18/12/2020

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