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News & Events La gobernanza de la tierra y la política de transiciones justas: Profundizar en la búsqueda de la justicia social
La gobernanza de la tierra y la política de transiciones justas: Profundizar en la búsqueda de la justicia social
Land governance and the politics of fair transitions: Deepening the search for social justice
IoS Fair Transitions Platform & LANDac
3 July 2024 to 5 July 2024
Utrecht University
Utrecht
Netherlands
IoS Fair Transitions Platform & LANDac

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Keynote Speech by Frances Cleaver at the IoS Fair Transitions - LANDac Conference & Summit

04 July 2024
Frances Cleaver

I would like to make an argument that in aiming to deepen social justice in green transformations, we should pay renewed attention to the institutions of collective action at a very local level. I'm talking about peasant associations, irrigation groups, women's groups, indigenous people’s groups, producer associations, the local committees that manage land, water, forests.

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Keynote Speech from Morgan Ody at the IoS Fair Transitions - LANDac Conference & Summit

05 July 2024
Morgan Ody
Land is power. Throughout most of history, the basis of power has been the control of labor. But when people have access to land, when people can gather, harvest or produce what they need, they will never accept to become laborers and obey a landlord or the boss of a factory. A key change in recent times is that the control of labor is no longer at the center of what makes power, because with mechanization, robotization, and biotechnology it's possible to work 10,000 hectares with very few people. What now allows the control over people is food, and it is also very much related to land.
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Keynote Speech from Bram Büscher: Deepening Social Justice

05 July 2024
Bram Büscher

Speaking truth to power is an art, but increasingly a lost art. This goes as much for academia as for the rest of the world. Indeed and unfortunately, much of academia reflects the world in which it functions and often makes the challenge of deepening social justice harder rather than smaller. To put it bluntly, much of academia has resorted to instrumental and naïve beliefs in innovation, technology and efficiency (which dominate the natural sciences) or (as in much of the social-economic sciences) increasingly arcane niche debates that too often revolve around virtue-signalling, methodological-theoretical wizardry or apolitical pragmatism. What we seem to have lost to a good degree – though to be sure: it was never a dominant endeavour and at the same time it has never been absent either – is the art of speaking truth to power.