The 1972 Stockholm Conference, Fifty Years Later: What Legacy?
The editors of the international journal The Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics, History and Political Science are calling for proposals for a special section on “The 1972 Stockholm Conference, Fifty Years Later: What Legacy?” to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal.
The special issue is meant to commemorate the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, universally known as the birthplace of global environmentalism. The Stockholm conference hosted 112 national delegations, UN specialized agencies, international NGOs, and a counter-conference organized by environmental activists. It established a range of institutional, political, intellectual, and cultural developments that made the environment a pressing global issue. Participants adopted instruments such as the Stockholm Declaration and Action Plan for the Human Environment and prepared the ground for the United Nations Environment Programme. This special issue wants to explore the conference and its legacy. The Stockholm Conference established international political goals and legal principles that have underpinned environmental discourse and law-making for a half-century. By stressing that environmental issues are inherently political – and not just scientific and technical – it devised systems for data research and monitoring. It also catalysed multilateral cooperation and treaty-making and the setup of national environmental ministries and environmental laws. Moreover, it contributed to the democratization of environmental debate and policy-making, opening to non-governmental organizations previously not included in the UN system.
Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:
– The preparation and the follow up of the 1972 Stockholm Conference, at a national, regional, and international level;
– The protagonists at the conference (personalities, organizations, and topics);
– Environmental activism before and after Stockholm 1972;
– Capitalism, the environment and concepts of sustainability;
– The tensions between environmental protection and growth;
– Science, technology and the globalization of environmental discourse;
– The cultural impact of Stockholm 1972 (literature, cinema, art, comics).
The special issue of The Annals of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi will include approximately 10 contributions. The selected papers (about 7000 words) will undergo peer review. The editors of this special issue are Sara Lorenzini (University of Trento, member of the Editorial Board of the Annals) and Francesco Cassata (University of Genoa, editor of the Annals).
Final papers are due on 1 September 2022.