Contributors: Vetter, Andrea (Degrowth 2014/ HU Berlin)
Andrea Vetter, born 1981, is a cultural anthropologist and lives in Berlin. Her ongoing PhD project is about convivial technologies for a degrowth society. She is a feminist activist for a degrowth society at Attac Germany and member of the organizational team for the Degrowth Conference 2014.
Andrea Vetter, geb. 1981, ist Kulturanthropologin und lebt in Berlin. Sie promoviert zu konvivialer Technik für eine Postwachstumsgesellschaft und engagiert sich bei Attac und im Orgateam der Degrowth Konferenz 2014.
Scientific paper contribution: Convivial and Emancipatory Technologies – suitable conceptions for Technology in a Degrowth Society?
The paper is co-authored by M.A. Bettina Barthel
Abstract: A degrowth society, like all human societies that ever existed, will need technology. But which conceptual frameworks could be suitable to denote such a “degrowth technology”? We look at two different proposals: first the idea of “Convivial Technologies”, coined in the 1970ies by the dissident thinker Ivan Illich and recently newly adapted in the “manifest for conviviality” written by a number of French intellectuals. Second at the notion “emancipatory technology” used mainly by some german anarchist thinkers like FabLab-organizer and activist Niels Boeing and the AG SPAK. What do these propositions have in common and what keeps them apart? We will examine both concepts regarding two crucial aspects: First, how they speak about the relations between technology and dominance. And secondly we will delineate connections to the current degrowth debate. Coming from different decades are both concepts suitable to apply to a wide range of thinkable degrowth technologies from FabLabs to compost toilets?
2. Scientific contribution to the to sessions of Degrotwh Technologies I & II:
Andrea Vetter (Humboldt University zu Berlin), Bettina Barthel (Technical University Berlin): What about conviviality today? Historical debates about technology and society (1960 to 1990) revisited.