As part of the cycle of lectures by new researchers at the Institute of Social Sciences, dr Jelena Đurić, a Research Associate from the Centre for Sociological and Anthropological Research, held a lecture on January 25, 2023 in the Great Hall of the Institute of Social Sciences on the topic “Identity and pollution”.
The first part of the lecture was devoted to determining the concept of identity, while the continuation of the lecture discussed the linkage between identity and pollution. The problem of pollution was approached from a holistic standpoint. Namely, although pollution is approached predominantly from an ecological standpoint, the social, value, structural and psychological consequences of pollution for society and the individual were specifically considered during the lecture.
During the lecture, it was emphasized that pollution is the key word that describes the current crisis of postmodern society. Pollution extends to all areas that are subordinate to the modernizing global view. However, instead of re-examining and correcting wrong principles and destructive approaches to nature, the unsustainability of economic growth is not sought in its assumptions, but rather identified with human nature. Therefore, the ideology of modernization still does not have a desirable alternative, and instead solutions that are problematic for humanity are imposed.
The aim of the lecture is to show how pollution reflects on people who go beyond their human identity and sustainability of life, becoming indifferent to the fact that the world is increasingly devastated, especially in the era of IV industrial revolution.
The aim of the lecture was to point out, through a historical perspective, the changes that have taken place in this regard, and the basic features of the social position of women after the transformation of the socio-economic system and the influence of neoliberal capitalism. During the lecture, the main achievements of socialist Yugoslavia in the field of women’s labor and reproductive rights were pointed out, as well as unfulfilled goals that in some way affected the position of women after the collapse of the Yugoslav state, as the most numerous “losers of the transition”.