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Environmental Studies at the University of Essex

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Events @ Essex this week

by ariadnesthread101

A quick post to flag a couple of free events (overlapping, unfortunately!) tomorrow which will be of interest to everyone on the MEG!

Essex Sustainability Institute Seminars: Tomorrow (6th Nov): A seminar on Corporate Environmental Reporting by Idlan Zakaria of the Essex Business School. Room 5N.3.2; 12:30 – pm. This will be of interest generally, but especially to people on the MEG with an interest in researching / working in the private sector in general or CSR in particular. More information on the seminar is here. More on the seminar series and the full programme of talks is here. Come along, meet the speakers, ask questions and get stuck in! This is a good chance to meet speakers from outside the University who are working on different aspects of ‘Sustainability’.

Centre for Theoretical Studies and the Department of Government Political Theory Seminar: Sheldon Leader (University of Essex): ‘What happens when you have to choose between two competing human rights’. Room 5S.4.11; 11 – 1pm.  As you will know (or soon find out), human rights, development and resource management are tightly intertwined. Hence the link to the MEG.

And finally:

Sharing Our History: 1953 Essex Floods. 2pm-4pm. Clifftown Theatre, in Nelson Street, Southend   As part of the Festival of Social Science, the University of Essex is hosting an oral history event next month in advance of the 60th anniversary of the floods, which took place on the night of 31 January 1953. Chaired by Martin Astell, Sound Archivist at the Essex Record Office, the event will feature a short film about the floods and will hear from a local author, Patricia Rennoldson Smith, whose book on the floods: The 1953 Essex Flood Disaster: The People’s Story will be published in November by The History Press. Two survivors of the floods will also share their memories of the night, and members of the audience, if they like, are invited to speak about what happened to them and their families.   This free event is open to all, for people wanting to find out more, as well as for those who can remember what happened or who had relatives who were involved, to share and record their memories. Entry is free. To book please email or phone 01206 872400.


Corporations / No Logo

by ariadnesthread101

Last week, we touched on several aspects related to the values, actions and effects of corporate activity.

Very briefly, we pulled together issues of:

Values: By asking the question: Do corporations prioritize profits above absolutely everything else?

Impacts: These differ by place (developing / developed countries), and do not recognise national boundaries. Does this make effective regulation impossible?

Governance: Are national governments unwilling or unable to tackle the impacts of corporate activity because of the (actual, potential or imagined) contributions of corporate capitalism to economic development to human well-being? Also, corporations themselves are no longer restricted to national boundaries.

Pulling this discussion into next week, we’ll be encountering the work of Naomi Klein. Here’s Klein’s website and here’s more about her.

Specifically, we’ll be discussing her seminal No Logo. Here’s a seven-minute introduction to the key ideas in the book.

Here’s a more in-depth introduction to the ideas in the book. Here, she talks about national boundaries, globalisation and resistance movements here – so, touching on the political dimensions that are going to be illuminated later in the course.

Building on the connections between corporations, economics and politics, Klein later wrote The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Here, she again connects the critique of global corporate capitalism to politics, making the case that the global ‘free market’ did not triumph by democratic means.