Constitutionalizing in the Anthropocene

(Re)Configuring More-than-human Normativities: Strategic Litigation, Collective Actions, and Sensing Technologies

20 May 2022

De Ceuvel, Amsterdam

(Re)Configuring More-than-human Normativities  

Strategic Litigation, Collective Actions, and Sensing Technologies 

Conference jointly organized by:

Daniela Gandorfer (Logische Phantasie Lab) [email protected]

Andrea Leiter (University of Amsterdam) [email protected]

Marie Petersmann (University of Tilburg) [email protected] 

Date: Friday 20 May 2022                              

Time: 09:30-16:30                     

 LocationDe Ceuvel, Amsterdam

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Which modes of collective action, disruptive experimentation, and technological design can help resist, refuse, and repair endemic ecological harms? How does law order relations between human and nonhuman modes of existence, differently affected by such harms? How could law be used not to separate, distantiate, and divide affected beings, but to bind and connect them to make sense of their multiple, entangled, and enduring struggles? This conference interrogates the differential vulnerabilities, responsibilities, and accountabilities that law works with and against. It brings together scholars from the Transformative Effects of Global Law (TEGL) project and activists based in the Netherlands to explore sites of engagement with(in) more-than-human existences. Ranging from litigation for ecological care, posthumanist approaches to collective action and technological sensing of (un)recognized vulnerabilities, the conference will foster transdisciplinary conversations on existing academic and non-academic projects.


Panel 1: More-than-human Collective Actions [09:30-11:00]

Moderation: Alex Deslandes  (University of Amsterdam)

Carolijn Terwindt, ‘Embassy of the North Sea’ (ECCHR)

Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, ‘Zoöp project’ (Het Nieuwe Instituut)

Toby Kiers, ‘Society for the Protection of Underground Networks’ (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Coffee Break [11:00-11:30]

Panel 2: Litigating for Ecological Care [11:30-13:00]

Moderation: Laura Grant (University of Amsterdam, SNI)

Christina Eckes, ‘Climate Litigation’ (University of Amsterdam)

Phillip Paiement, ‘TransLitigate’ (Tilburg University)

Anna Berti Suman, ‘Sensing for Justice’ (The European Commission Science Hub)

Lunch [13:00-14:00]

Theory Hacks – Radical Contracting: How to Create Value Metabolisms? [14:00-15:00]

Concluding Remarks [15:00-15:15]

Special Event:

15:30 onwards: stroll through SNI’s Experimental Zone

Artworks by Marshmallow Laser Feast, Entangled Others Studio CodeXDiagrams

Closing [16:30]

The panel discussions will be followed by presentations from the Theory Hacks collective. This collective is composed of legal researchers specialised in environmental and digital humanities and tech-developers. Over 2021/2022, the Theory Hacks collective used the site of De Ceuvel and its phytoremediation process of toxic metals from the polluted soil through the Brassica plant as an entry door to work on Radical Contracting: How to Create Value Metabolisms? The outputs of the joint collaborations will be presented and discussed on site.

The event will be concluded with exhibitions and performances by experiential art collectives Marshmallow Laser Feast, Entangled Others Studio and CodeXDiagrams brought together by the Sovereign Nature Initiative in the Experimental Zone at De Ceuvel.

Participants of the Theory Hacks:

Pavel Akimov (Nature Cognita)

Matilda Arvidsson (Gothenburg University) 

Prakhar Awasthi (Sattva)

Zulaikha Ayub (Princeton University)

Cem Dagdelen (Curve Labs)

Delphine Dogot (Université Catholique de Lille) 

Sarah Friend (Biocenosis)

Daniela Gandorfer (Northeastern University )

Chris Harris (Biocenosis)

Jannice Käll (Lund University) 

Andrea Leiter (Amsterdam University) 

Elena Mitro (Nature Cognita)

Ivan Mitrofanov (Nature Cognita)

Marie Petersmann (Tilburg University)

Swastee Ranjan (Exeter University) 

Pavrithaa Satchithanantham (Sattva)

Vadim Smakhtin (Nature Cognita)

Dimitri Van den Meerssche (Edinburgh University)