Tallinn University of Technology

Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance has organized Reading Seminars since 2017 with the aim to discuss interesting texts, exchange ideas and dwell on different perspectives of a specific topic. Past topics include the Philosophy of Technology and the Philosophy of Public Administration.

The theme of this semester's seminars is “Future(s)”. It will address topics related to sustainability, innovation, growth/degrowth, green transition, environmental ethics, intergenerational ethics, etc. These issues are key topics in current public policy debates and pertain to the well-being of present and future generations.


Each reading seminar will have a guest speaker who will present one of his/her recent papers followed by a discussion opened with a commentary by a guest respondent.

2022 Spring program:

  • 17 February 2022, 16.00-17.30 (MS Teams): Innovation without Growth

Mario Pansera & Mariano Fressoli (2021), “Innovation without growth: Frameworks for understanding technological change in a post-growth era”, Organisation, 28(3), 380-404.

Guest: Mario Pansera (University of Vigo, Spain)

  • 17 March 2022, 16.00-17.30 (MS Teams): Work and Nature

Stefania Barca (2020), Forces of Reproduction: Notes for a Counter-Hegemonic Anthropocene, Cambridge University Press, pp. 7-18.

Guest: Stefania Barca (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

  • 14 April 2022, 16.00-17.30 (MS Teams): (Im)materiality

Andreas Roos (2021), “Earthing philosophy of technology: A case for ontological materialism”, in Pasi Heikkurinen & Toni Ruuska (eds.), Sustainability beyond Technology, Oxford University Press, 59-95.

Guest: Andreas Roos (Lund University, Sweden)

  • 12 May 2022, 16.00-17.30 (MS Teams): Sustainability, Design, Education

Philip Hector & Cindy Kohtala (2021), “Experimenting with sustainability education: The case of a student-driven campus initiative in Finland”, Local Environment, 1-16.

Guest: Cindy Kohtala (Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden)

The Reading Seminar sessions will be held online once a month. Everyone interested in the general topic or attending a specific session are welcome to join! If you wish to participate, please contact us by sending an email to amirouche.moktefi@taltech.ee.