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The aim of the workshop is to get a better understanding of current global inequalities and to discuss how north-south relations could be described properly by both looking at the metabolic dimension - waste, energy, resources and sinks - as well as at global labor and production - commodities, finance, care and services.

The workshop starts with two keynotes, which critically engage with and reevaluate theories rooted in classical dependency theory, stating a flow of resources and wealth from the so called "Global South" to the "Global North" and therefore an enrichment of the latter at the expense of the former. Empirical analyses of different fields will follow, depicting current forms of dependencies and inequalities within the global economy, illuminating the international division of labor, capital flows and flows of goods & services. Furthermore, we will discuss the metabolic dimension of the global economy and look at the relations of flows of resources, energy and waste as well as the use of ecological sinks . Finally, we will focus on the political consequences of the current global dependencies and how to overcome them.

The workshop is organized by the Research Group "Post -Growth Societies" at the University of Jena, Germany and the Institute of Sociology at the University of Jena.

A formal registration is required for participation in the workshop. Please write to Ilka Scheibe at If you have registered and are unable attend, please let us know.

The workshop programme can be downloaded here.

Rosensäle, kleiner Saal

How are extraction, exploitation, and socialecological consequences distributed globally?


THURSDAY, 17th January

12.30-12.45 p.m. | Welcome

12.45 - 3 p.m. | Keynotes: Dependency Theory and Global Capitalism today
Dieter Boris (Marburg):
"Approaches to Dependency: Past and Present"

Virginia Fontes (Rio de Janeiro):
"Expropriations: Post-Growth or the Expansion of Capitalist Social Relations?"

coffee break

3.30 - 5 p.m. | Panel 1: Global Economic Relations: Commodities, Labor, Capital
Markus Henn (Berlin):
"Global Financial Flows"

Stefan Schmalz (Jena):
"China as the Workshop of the World? The Chinese High-Growth State and Global Trade Flows"

Helen Schwenken (Osnabrück):
"Global Care Chains - A Useful Approach for Analyzing Gendered Transnational Inequalities?"

Martina Sproll (Berlin):
"Temporal and Spatial Compression: Global Value Chains in Times of Digitalisation"

8 p.m. | Dinner

FRIDAY, 18th January

9.30 - 11.45 p.m. | Panel 2: Global Material Flows: Energy, Resources, Sinks
Éric Pineault (Montréal):
"Waste, Biogeochemical Forcing and the Capitalist Pressure to Sink: an Overview of Some Global Flows"

Anke Schaffartzik (Barcelona):
"No Growth without Inequality: International Patterns in Resource and Energy Use"

Hannah Holleman (Amherst):
"Unequal Ecological Exchange"

Lunch break

1 - 3 p.m. | Panel 3: Political Consequences and the Future of Global Dependencies (moderated panel discussion)


Manuela Boatca (Freiburg)
Guilherme Leite Gonçalves (Rio de Janeiro)
Peter Wahl (Weinsheim)
Maria Backhouse (Jena)