Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability in the Pacific Region

01.12-03.12.2021, Workshop, online

Publication Workshop

Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability in the Pacific Region: Knowledge, Policies, and Transfers (1970s – Present)


1-3 December 2021

Host Institution/ Format: FRIAS (Freiburg)/ online
Involved institutions:

​​​​​​Chairs for Economic, Social and Environmental History and for Modern East Asian History at the University of Freiburg;
German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) Tokyo; German Historical Institute Moscow; German Historical Institute Washington D.C.;
Max Weber Foundation (Project Wissen entgrenzen/ Knowledge Unbound);
supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)



1 December 2021

11:00 - 11:30
Welcome and Introduction by the hosts and organizers
[Melanie Arndt/ Sabine Dabringhaus/ Benjamin Beuerle/ Sarah Beringer/ Sonja Ganseforth/ Yufei Zhou]

11:30 – 12:20
Sabrina Kirschner: “Addressing Urban Air Pollution in Latin American Pacific States: Local Scientists, the CEPIS in Lima and the REDPANAIRE”
Chair: Sonja Ganseforth

14:15 – 14:30
Welcome by FRIAS Director Bernd Kortmann

14:30 – 15:20
Petra Dolata: “Canadian Energy Entanglements Across the Pacific since 1970: The Case of Japan”
Chair: Melanie Arndt

15:40 – 16:30
Vladimir Jankovic: “Making urban winds: Kaze no michi and the governance of Tokyo’s climate futures”
Chair: Petra Dolata

16:50 – 17:40
Ryan Jones: “Cooperation and Conservation across Empire and Ideology: North Pacific Salmon and Climate”
Chair: Benjamin Beuerle

18:00 – 18:50
Anna Kuteleva/ Justin Leifso: “Images of China in Canada´s Discursive Politics of Energy”
Chair: Sabine Dabringhaus


2 December  2021

11:00 – 11:50
Sarah Beringer: “The California-China Clean Energy and Climate Change Partnership: Cooperation vs. Industrial Policy in the Clean Energy Sector”
Chair: Benjamin Beuerle

12:10 – 13:00
Benjamin Beuerle: “Renewable Energies and Coal in the Russian Far East: regional and transnational dimensions”
Chair: Sarah Beringer

16:00 – 16:50
Igor Makarov/ Anna Sokolova: “Emissions reduction in countries exporting energy-intensive goods: the case of Russia and potential cooperation in the Pacific Region”
Chair: Melanie Arndt

17:10 – 18:00
Vivian Giang: “Indigenous rights, the environment and geothermal energy development
in the Pacific Ring of Fire” [tbc]
Chair: Petra Dolata


3 December 2021

10:30 – 11:20
Kjell Ericson: “Marine Pearl Cultivation in Coastal Japan and Riparian Mussel Gathering in the US”
Chair: Sonja Ganseforth

11:40 – 12:30
Sonja Ganseforth: “Transnational Renegotiation of Sustainability Discourses in Japanese Fisheries”
Chair: Sarah Beringer

12:45 – 13:45
Roundup and outlook


Programme as PDF