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‘Identities in Transition’ Seminar – Leicester

WIN Rep, Shumaisa Khan, is one of the speakers at this event on Friday…


**Registration essential**

Date: Friday 14th October
Time: 9.30 for 10.00am til 5pm
Venue: University of Leicester: Garendon Room on the Fourth floor of the Charles Wilson Building on the main University of Leicester campus. A campus map and travel directions can be found at

The event is free, and lunch is provided: but a place must be reserved in advance. More info including to register:

The seminar, part of the series “Sustainability Transitions: rethinking everyday practices, identities and livelihoods”, starts from the premise that many of the identities that individuals claim for themselves today in the Global North have been shaped by consumption practices fuelled by the high carbon economy. We also know that there are links between poverty, racism and gender inequalities and the people most likely to experience the most detrimental impacts of climate change and resource scarcity. This workshop explores the role of the high carbon economy in shaping these social identities and questions how they might be reconfigured through the process of transition to a sustainable, low carbon future. It focuses on three interlinked themes:

  • How contemporary identities have been shaped by the high carbon economy
  • How those identities might change and be reconfigured through the process of transition to a sustainable, low carbon future
  • What it means to identify with (movements for) sustainability transitions.


09.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Identities in Transition: some observations and questions
Speakers: Gavin Brown and Jenny Pickerill
10.15 Introductions and goals What do you want out of today?

10.30 Managing trade-offs in „ecotopia‟: becoming green at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Speaker: Jon Anderson
11.30 Panel discussion: Addressing diverse identities in climate change activism and advocacy
Speakers: Michelle Bastian; and Shumaisa Khan (Wisdom In Nature)
Questions and discussion
12.30 Lunch, An opportunity for informal discussion
13.30 Workshop: “Permaculture” and the escape into Whiteness: Sustainable Transition and Racialism
Speaker: Joseph De Lappe
14.30 The Footpaths project: facilitating low carbon lifestyles
Speakers: Jill Fisher and Emily Hodgkinson
Questions and discussion
15.30 Coffee
15.45 Transitioning to Lower-carbon Identities: Three Tales from the “Everyday”
Speaker: Robyn Dowling
16.45 Questions
17.00 Closing discussion
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