Eco-socialism and Learning to Live with the World

October 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Online event

Experience the cutting edge of teaching and research with talks by experts from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Drawing on several disciplines across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education, the Open Lecture Series 2021 will explore some of the most pressing issues around class, education and social change in 21st Century.

LECTURE 9 – Dr Alan Bainbridge | October 12
Eco-socialism and Learning to Live with the World

Learning to live with the world must not be confused with learning to live in, or even from the world. Raymond Williams also cautions that the convergence of ecological and social thinking must not be distracted by considering only physical appearances, reminding us to concentrate on the central social and economic questions. From an ecologically informed socialist perspective, Williams notes that it is the ‘whole effect that matters, and that uncontrolled commercial exploitation of land and animals, reckless of its effects on other people, is what has really to be focused’. This is a daunting task! With Williams as my guide, I shall step into the territory of interconnectedness to explore the precarious relationship of human endeavour on a planet with limited resources. Our journey will range between The Country and the City, rest a while in Border Country while also exploring from the very beginning of time the People of the Black Country. Find out more

The lecture is free, and open to everyone – alumni, students, staff and members of the public, 6:30pm – 7:45pm.