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Colloque - Capitalizing nature. Forms and strategies for economizing the environment, 19th to 21st century

12 et 13 juin 2017 - École Normale Supérieure, 45 rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris

Colloque - Capitalizing nature. Forms and strategies for economizing the environment, 19th to 21st century

From calculating the costs of ending slavery and of compensating industrial pollutions in the 19th century to today’s valuation and offsetting of ‘ecosystem services’, via post WW2’s measurement of ecosystem’s “biological productivity” and cost-benefit analysis, the forms of economizing the environment have been diverse and changing in the last two centuries. The conference will explore this diversity of knowledges, tactics, instruments and mechanisms that undertook to render natural entities and processes amenable to private property, government, commensuration, monetization or commodification. It also aims at understanding how these went hand in hand with capitalism’s transformations.

Conference convened by Christophe Bonneuil, Benoît Dauguet and Yannick Mahrane (CAK, EHESS-CNRS).

Des calculs du coût de l’émancipation des esclaves et de dédommagement des pollutions industrielles au XIXe siècle à la monétarisation contemporaine des « services écosystémiques » et la « compensation écologique », en passant par la mesure de la « productivité biologique » des écosystèmes et l’analyse coût-bénéfice, les mises en forme économiques de l’environnement ont été multiples et changeantes depuis deux siècles. C’est cette diversité des savoirs, tactiques, instruments et dispositifs de mise en économie visant à transformer les êtres et processus naturels en entités appropriables, gouvernables, commensurables, ‘monétarisables’ ou ‘marchandisables’ que ce colloque ambitionne d’explorer ainsi que la façon dont ils ont accompagné les transformations du capitalisme.

 

Colloque ouvert à tous sans inscription préalable.

 

Programme

Monday June 12th 2017 - Salle Dussane, École Normale Supérieure (45 rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris)

9h. Welcome

9h15. Convener's introduction: Waves and ways, tactics and regimes for economizing nature in the Anthropocene

10h-12h30. Panel 1. Economizing life, land and nature in the 19th century
Chair : TBC

 

François Vatin (Univ. Paris Ouest)
Le coût des arbres et le prix du temps : ingénierie forestière et théorie économique (XVIII-XIXe siècles).

Philippe Steiner et Caroline Oudin-Bastide (Univ. Paris-Sorbonne)
Calculer les coûts de l’esclavage et de l’émancipation (1770-1848).

Julien Vincent (Univ. Paris 1)
Les mises en économie de la terre sous la Révolution et l'Empire (1789-1815).

Thomas Le Roux et Jean-Baptiste Fressoz (CNRS-EHESS)
Les compensations financières des dégâts industriels sur les biens naturels au XIXe siècle.


Note: This panel will be held in French

 

13h45-14h45. Keynote lecture

 

Clive Spash (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business)
Beyond economicization. Re-establishing an ecological discourse in the policy debate over how to value ecosystems and biodiversity.

 

14h45-16h45. Panel 2. Nature into numbers. Strategies for economicizing the environment since 1945
Chair: Fabien Locher (CRH)

 

Yannick Mahrane (CAK, EHESS)
Governing environmental limits to economic growth through economization: from the Paley Commission to the RFF, 1952-1963

Richard Lane (Univ. Sussex)
Economicizing the environment at EPA, 1970-1990

Jessica Dempsey (Univ. of British Columbia, Canada)
Rendering biodiversity economic: at Stanford and at the Beijer Institute

 

16h45-17h15. Coffee break

17h15-18h15. Keynote lecture

 

Vincent Devictor (CEFE, Montpellier)
Ecological and epistemic limits to measuring and offsetting nature

18h15-19h30. Science and Policy of ecological offsetting

Roundtable convened by Nature Parif with Marc Barra (Nature Parif), Vincent Devictor (CEFE), an executive from CDC biodiversité and from academic research in Ecology (UPMC).

 

Tuesday June 13th 2017 - Amphithéâtre Rataud, École Normale Supérieure (45 rue d'Ulm 75005 Paris)

9h. Keynote lecture

 

Eve Chiapello (Ehess)
Financialization via instruments

10h30-12h30. Panel 3. Valuations, evaluations, privatization
Chair: Liliana Doganova (Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Mines Paris Tech)

 

Marion Fourcade (Univ. Berkeley)
Lost in translation: the qualification of expertise in environmental valuation in U.S. Courts

Dominique Pestre (CAK, EHESS)
Business on board? TQM, audits, certifications and labels as instruments of sustainability

Marie Hrabanski (ART-dev Cirad, Montpellier)
“Ecosystem Services” in global environmental agenda: origins and uses

14h-17h. Panel 4. Seing nature like a stock exchange. Offseting practices and instruments
Chair: Sarah Benabou (Paloc, IRD)

 

Sian Sullivan & Mike Hannis (Bath Spa U.)
‘Mathematics maybe, but not money’: on balance sheets, numbers and nature in ecological accounting

Benoit Dauguet (CAK, EHESS)
The manufacture of commodities in biodiversity offsets

Morgan Robertson (Univ. Wisconsin)
The neoliberal rollout in US ecosystem service markets: a history of metrics and mechanisms

17h15-18h30. Keynote lecture and final discussion
Chair: Christophe Bonneuil

 

Kean Birch (York Univ.)
Bioeconomies. The co-construction of markets and natures

Discussant: Valérie Boisvert (Univ. Lausanne)

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