Summer School: Violent Political Ecologies: Resources, Labour, Transformation

The International Political Economy and Ecology (IPEE) Summer School at York University is delighted to announce the 2017 course:

Violent Political Ecologies: Resources, Labour, Transformation 

June 12 to 23, 2017 (1-4pm daily) 

Taught by Professor Nancy Peluso (ESPM, UC Berkeley) with Professors Libby Lunstrum and Peter Vandergeest (Geography, York University) as co-instructors

We welcome applications from all graduate students with relevant interests. Students need not be affiliated with York University to apply. For more information on the course and how to apply, please visit the course web page:

Course description: Visible or invisible, historical or contemporary, spectacular or slow, violence underlies many natures and socio-environmental relations, even those constructed as idyllic.  Agrarian, resource, labor, and mass forms of violence have been at the heart of political ecology’s concerns since the early days of the field’s emergence. This short course works to take this often implicit theme of violence and bring it to the surface while maintaining an understanding of its forms, relationships with other processes, and contexts.  Readings and discussions will cover the ways in which political ecology has attended to violence, gaps in these approaches, and how we might collectively begin to address these gaps to move in new directions. We will additionally examine the methodological and ethical challenges of conducting fieldwork on violence and of writing about violence in general and political ecological violence more specifically.

A course outline should be available around early May.

Possible topics include:
1.    Violence & scarcity: political ecology vs. neo-Malthusian approaches
2.    Violence as slow, structural, spectacular
3.    Political ecologies of war & resources
4.    What difference does the resource make?
5.    Fieldwork & ethics on violence, in violent contexts
6.    Labor & resources: violent linkages from colonial to post-colonial politics
7.    Territories, land, & violence
8.    Sovereignty & governance
9.    Militarizations of conservation; securitizations of nature
10.    The biopolitics of humans, nonhumans, & their encounters: making live, letting die
11.    Violent movements: labor, inclusion, resistance

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