This seminar serves to scope the key themes and issues that will be addressed throughout the seminar series. The concept of transitioning suggests that ‘something’ is transitioned, and, unless we conceptionalise it as completely technologically-led with no human agency whatsoever, ‘someone’ is the transitioning agent. This seminar brings together questions of scale – from the individual, through businesses, social enterprises and communities, to towns, cities and regions – (it poses the question: what is being transitioned?) and agency (who has the capacity to transition?).
Barriers to transition will not be seen as absolute and determining in the last case, but as barriers to be grappled with by agents who have varying skills, resources, visions and connections that together construct a capacity to transition. Who can transition what, and how? Who stops transitioning, or structures it into what paths? What is the relationship between concepts of transition and political action through policy making, partnership working, the construction of visions of the future and the politics of the prefigurative, and contentious political action?
The preliminary agenda for this seminar can be downloaded here: transition geographies first seminar june 11 AGENDA