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Critical Agrarian Studies and Technological Change – Theory, Methods, and Practice

Miriam Boyer, Sarah Hackfort, Cornelius Heimstädt, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften 


The bioeconomy is a political project to transform the economy using biogenic resources via the widespread use of high technologies. The seminar focuses on the bioeconomy’s use of such technologies through the lens of Critical Agrarian Studies (CAS). CAS challenges modernization theory, dominant development frameworks as well as the logic of established economic and power structures regarding agrarian issues. Additionally, we approach technologies conceptually, through insights from Science and Technology Studies. Students will work in teams of two to carry out a technology-related research project during the semester. In addition to gaining familiarity with CAS and bioeconomy debates, students are exposed to qualitative research methodologies, will sharpen their argumentative and critical thinking skills and gather some experience in collecting and analyzing data. MA students in Economics, social sciences, INRM, IMRD, Geography or similar disciplines are welcome. PhD students als also welcome as long as spots are still available.



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