May 17, 2018

Trashopolis! Storytelling, waste research and glocal conflicts

by Salvatore De Rosa This is a very personal account of an ethnographic immersion in the epicenter of an environmental conflict of huge proportions. That happens to be, at the same time, the place where I was born. It is an attempt at connecting the dots between individual existence, collective destinies and glocal ecological transformations. Campania, anno 2016, Anthropocene has already shown up here as Biocide. But in the Zone we became Stalkers…
September 6, 2016

Campania grassroots movements: lessons from 15 years of environmental struggle

Social mobilizations in Campania are changing the political, economic, cultural and ecological landscapes of the region. Their strategies and practices draw a path of resistance and reappropriation that can inspire environmental movements in Italy and elsewhere.
August 2, 2016

Drivers of illegal waste disposal: the case of Campania, Italy

Illegal economic practices are often labeled as aberrations of the market logic, but few realize their role in sustaining capitalist accumulation and power hierarchies. Uncovering the drivers of illegal waste disposal in Campania demonstrates that illicit and legal economies are often intertwined and mutually beneficial.*
February 18, 2016

Agorà dei movimenti – Programma preliminare

From 4 to 6 March 2016, there will be in Napoli (Italy) the Agorà of movements in defense of territories and for environmental justice, an event organized by ENTITLE in collaboration with Lund University, A Sud, CDCA and activists and researchers from Italy. The preliminary program is finally out! (english below) Il programma preliminare dell’Agorà dei movimenti in difesa dei territori e per la giustizia ambientale è pronto! Il programma con le informazioni dettagliate dell’evento, delle plenarie e delle tracce dei tavoli di lavoro, è qui. […]
January 18, 2016

Agorà dei movimenti in difesa dei territori e per la giustizia ambientale, Napoli 4-6 marzo 2016

From 4 to 6 March 2016, there will be in Napoli (Italy) the Agorà of movements in defense of territories and for environmental justice, an event organized by ENTITLE in collaboration with Lund University, A Sud, CDCA and activists and researchers from Italy. The Agorà is an attempt at creating a space of confrontation, collective learning and analysis on socio-environmental struggles in the Italian context. A space where activists and researchers will meet to exchange and discuss on our common futures. This is the call for participation. Chiamata […]
August 4, 2015

Water: source of life and conflict in the Land of Rivers

By Joris Leverink.* Oil is often seen as the root cause of conflict in the Middle East, but in the coming years water might come to overtake it as a key source of dispute.
February 16, 2015

Sblocca Italia: Extractivism made in Italy

The Unlock Italy Law, recently passed in the Italian parliament, is a festival of deregulation and legalised plunder. From fossil fuel extraction to construction permits, the country is put on sale to restart growth. But from the targeted territories, social movements are waging resistance. And they bring another idea of prosperity.
August 8, 2014

Documenting political ecologies through film, part III

by Gustavo Garcia Lopez and Salvatore Paolo de Rosa Je hais les voyages et les explorateurs” (“I hate travels and explorers. C. Lévi-Strauss (1955), Tristes Tropiques¹ Following our previous two posts (HERE and HERE) on the Tales from Planet Earth film festival in Stockholm, Sweden (9-12 April) this post focuses on the film Expedition to the End of the World (Daniel Dencik, 2013). It was one of several featured documentaries on the festival’s third day as part of the topic “The Circumpolar North”, perhaps the […]
August 7, 2014

Documenting political ecologies through film, part II

by Gustavo Garcia Lopez and Salvatore Paolo de Rosa The incisive and thought-provoking opening lecture by Rob Nixon on the first day of the Tales from Planet Earth film festival in Stockholm, Sweden (April 9-12), reviewed HERE, was followed by three documentaries on the topic of waste: Plastic bag (Ramen Bahrani, USA, 2009, 18 min), Trash Dance (Andrew Garrison, USA, 2012, 68 min), Unravel (Meghna Gupta, U.K, 2012, 14 min), and Metamorphosen (Sebastian Mez, Germany, 2013, 84 min). The first two present what could be called a ‘humane’ […]
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