The conflictual definition of ecological transition in the subsurface industries
While political economy has long shown how subsurface energy and mineral resources where at the core of modern societies, the urgency of global ecological crisis poses more acutely the compatibility question between the ever-increasing subsoil mobilisation and the necessary process of ecological transition (Abraham and Murray 2015; Hopkins 2009). This intensive exploitation of soils and subsurface (Moore 2017) challenges the various conceptualisations of the ecological transition ending an extractive and destructive area. Moreover, the subsurface is frequently mobilised as a technical solution for the ecological transition (carbon storage, hydrogen storage, native hydrogen extraction, geothermal energy, copper or lithium extraction). With regard to other environmental issues (water, biodiversity, air pollution and the use of plant protection products), the subsurface is subject to a partial and incomplete politicisation in/for the transition conceptually deriving from the dominant and institutionalize 'ecological modernisation' (Mol, Sonnenfeld, and Spaargaren 2009; Sémal, 2017).
8 h 45 Welcoming
9 h Colloquium introduction
The conflictual definition of ecological transition
Chairs: Xavier Arnauld de Sartre et Sébastien Chailleux
Axis 1 Conceptualising the transition: how to go beyond ecological modernisation?
Chairs: Daniel Compagnon and Brice Auvet
9h15 Matthew Paterson, Pr. International Politics Manchester University
De- and repoliticization, purification and complexity in climate politics
10h Excerpts from Peter Newell seminar, Pr. Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex
10h10 Collegial Discussion Axis 1
Axis 2: Subsurface in the ecological transition: what roles? what effects? what scenarios?
Chairs: Sébastien Chailleux and Xavier Arnauld de Sartre
11h Johan Yans, Pr. of Geology, University of Namur
11h45 Aleina Bleicher Pr. of Geography, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
It’s Always Dark in Front of the Pickaxe”: Non-knowledge and the ecological transition in subsurface industries
12h30 Collegial discussion of Axis 2