3. Postenvironmentalism

Photo by Chiara Certomà

In line with the transformation of the political in the post-political age, post-environmentalism has been debated in environmental political theory from the 90s onward and has called for the re-politicisation of the politics of nature, which had been reduced by the global institutions’ mainstream to a matter of general consensus with no effectuality. My research is intended to advance a material semiotic interpretation of post-environmentalism theory and practice by starting from the recognition that the everyday making and unmaking of the world is a political activity which requires the mobilisation of the social, environmental, and techno-scientific dimensions all at once. Here heterogeneous social actors adopt a plurality of (linguistic and non-linguistic) means to exercise political agency by opposing resistance or practicing resilience, refusing assigned roles and dissolving or re-shaping social formations in the re-creation of nature, and engage in the transformation of space via a bodily form of politics.

On this research line see, for instance:

C. Certomà (2016) Postenvironmentalism. A material-semiotic perspective on living spaces, Palgrave McMillan, New York

C.Certomà (2014; second edition 2020) “Post-environmentalism” in A. Orsini, J. Morin (eds.) Essential concepts of Global Environmental Governance, Routledge, London

C.Certomà (2011) “Critical Urban Gardening as Post-Environmentalist practice”, Local Environment, 16/1: 51-73

C. Certomà (2018) “A practice-based approach to political gardening. Materiality, performativity and post-environmentalism” in C. Tornaghi and C.Certomà (2018) “Urban Gardening as Politics”, Routledge, London, p. 35-45