Exploring ways to resist the western hegemony
Ashish Kothari | Gabriel Trettel Silva | Iris Borowy
In this webinar, the aim is to identify a common thread between eurocentric degrowth theory and the pluriverse of alternative worldviews. In other words, counter-hegemonic narrative to resist the west hegemony, which has been the dominant truth of development discourse in the global south.
Ashish Kothari is the founder of Kalpavriksh, an Indian non profit organisation working on environmental and social issues at local, national and global levels, where he coordinates the program on Alternatives. Ashish lectured on environment at the Indian Institute of Public Administration and has been guest faculty in several other universities. He coordinated India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. He served on boards of directors of Greenpeace International and Greenpeace India. He is part of the coordination team of Vikalp Sangam, the Global Tapestry of Alternatives and Radical Ecological Democracy. Ashish has been active with a number of people’s movements, including Narmada Bachao Andolan (Save Narmada Movement) and Beej Bachao Andolan (Save the Seeds Movement). He is the (co-)author or editor of over 400 articles and 30 books including Churning the Earth (2012) and a co-editor of “Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary” (2019).
Gabriel Trettel Silva
Gabriel is a Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Sustainability, Governance, and Methods of Modul University Vienna. He’s a PhD candidate in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences at Modul University and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science and a degree in Environmental Management from the University of São Paulo. His master thesis investigated the implications of economic degrowth for the global South. In São Paulo, he collaborated with UNESCO in a consultancy to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into the public education curricula and also worked at the Incubator of Popular Cooperatives advising solidarity economy enterprises and managing projects. Gabriel served as a member of the editorial team of Degrowth.info, a web portal dedicated to provide information and resources about economic degrowth.
Iris Borowy is distinguished professor at the University of Shanghai and director of the Center for the History of Global Development. She has taught and done research at various universities in Germany, France, Brazil, Norway and the United Kingdom. Borowy’s research interests include the history of international organizations, of global health, and of global development. She has published about fifty academic papers and several books including Coming to Terms with World Health. The League of Nations Health Organisation (2009) and Defining Sustainable Development for Our Common Future. A history of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) (2014). At present, she is working on a project on the policies of international organizations regarding waste.