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Workshop Material flows and the global division of labor: Inequalities and dependencies in the world economy

Ort: Rosensäle, großer Saal
Zeit: 17.01.2019 13:00 - 18.01.2019 15:00

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.


THURSDAY, 17th January

1 - 3 p.m. | Keynotes: Dependency Theory today
Virginia Fontes
Dieter Boris

3.30 - 5 p.m. | Panel 1: Global Economic Relations: Commodities, Labor, Capital
1. Global Care Chains: Helen Schwenken
2. Global Commodity Chains: Martina Sproll

coffee break

5.30 - 7 p.m. | Panel 1 (continued)

3. Financial relations between Global North and South: Markus Henn
4. China´s growth regime and the global division of labor: Stefan Schmalz

FRIDAY, 18th January

10 - 11.30 a.m. | Panel 2: Global Material Flows: Energy, Resources, Sinks
1. Global emission flows and the political economy: Eric Pineault
2. Resources and energy: Anke Schaffartzik
3. Uneven ecological exchange: Hannah Holleman

Lunch break

1 - 3 p.m. | Panel 3: Political consequences and the future of global dependencies (panel discussion)
With: Manuela Boatcă (Freiburg), Guilherme Leite Goncalves (Brasil), Peter Wahl (Berlin), Maria Backhouse (Jena)