Political Ecology, Power and Social Movements session 3 (OCT 10th )



Larry Lohmann works with The Corner House, a Dorset-based solidarity and research organization. He is a founding member of the Durban Group for Climate Justice and chairs the advisory board of the World Rainforest Movement, with which he has been associated for 25 years. He spent much of the 1980s with Thailand’s Project for Ecological Recovery and more recently has been working with social movements in Ecuador and other countries. Among his books are Pulping the South: Industrial Tree Plantations in the Global Paper Economy (1996, with Ricardo Carrere), Carbon Trading: A Critical Conversation on Privatization and Power (2006), Mercados de carbono: La neoliberalizacion del clima (2012), Energy, Work and Finance (2014, with Nicholas Hildyard) and Cadenas de bloques, automatizacion y trabajo: Mecanizando la confianza (2020). His articles have appeared in academic journals in political economy, environment, geography, accounting, Asian studies, law, science studies, socialism, anthropology and development and have been translated into many languages. Most are available at www.thecornerhouse.org.uk.    

Video Link: https://youtu.be/kunjLOYcw6M    


Chair: Miriam Lang, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar Ecuador.  

This session features the research of five young Latin American scholars who are part of the first generation of students of the Masters in Political Ecology and Alternatives to Development, created in 2020 at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador. This Masters Program provides a transdisciplinary base for young scholars with an activist background to strengthen specifically southern and Latin American perspectives on political ecology. It additionally draws from different recent strands of Latin American critical knowledge production, e.g. on alternatives to development, critical geography, decoloniality or subaltern feminist approaches. The students come from a variety of Latin American countries and disciplines. In this panel, biologists from Uruguay and Ecuador come together with a Venezuelan expert in industrial relations, an anthropologist from Colombia and an Ecuadorian engineer in ecotourism. Their research focuses on the ongoing disputes between hegemonic and counter-hegemonic territorialities and modes of living, perspectives on the economy, societal nature relations and democratic decision-making, which characterize socio-ecological conflicts in Latin America today.  

1.         Introduction by the chair (Miriam Lang, Ecuador): Video Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpoX-NIW8yg    

2.         Case 1: Approaches to a Political Ecology of Bottled Water in Bogotá, Colombia Anyi Castelblanco: Video Link:  https://youtu.be/U4060hNrVJE    

3.         Case 2: Community Tourism as a Local Alternative to the Globalized Neoliberal Tourism Model Lina Noboa Video Link:  https://vimeo.com/756012300    

4.         Case 3: Impacts of Dumps on Rural Livelihoods Héctor Jesús Pérez Zamora: Video Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enSqZw6Dp3o&t=11s    

5.         Discussion Melissa Moreano Video Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqzRHHGUggI

Next in the POLLEN 2022 Virtual series: Emotional Political Ecology

The next workshop in the POLLEN 2022 Virtual Conference series is coming soon! 

Massey University’s Political Ecology Research Centre, The Australian National University and Royal University of Phnom Penh are convening the Emotional Political Ecology Symposium from 29 August to 9 September 2022. 

Explore how emotions influence resource access, use, and control, and shape people’s everyday lives, and relationships with each other and the state through an exciting series of papers, commentaries and real time discussions. 

Online and open access – see this link for further details and to register: https://bit.ly/emotionalecology

POLLEN20 Conference Updates !

Dear POLLEN friends, 
Below you can find a number of important updates regarding the conference: 

  • Call for proposals for individual paper presentations and poster presentations in line with the conference’s main themes and cross-cutting questions. The submission deadline is 10 August, 2020 (24.00 BST). More information is available here
  • Registration for the POLLEN20 virtual conference is now open, including for non-presenting conference delegates. Registration information and the revised fee schedule can be found on the main page at https://pollen2020.wordpress.com/
  • Is your political ecology ‘decolonial’? A praxis workshop at #POLLEN20 is a special pre-conference workshop organized by and for early career researchers and activists. The virtual workshop will take place on 21 September 2020 from 3-5pm BST. Prior registration is required. See here for more details and guidance on the workshop and how to sign up. The deadline to register is 10 September. 
  • Call for panelists – Special Roundtable on The Political Ecology of COVID-19 organized by Libby Lunstrum and Amber Huff. The deadline for expressions of interest is 10 August 2020 (24.00 BST). See the full call here.
  • As usual, all conference updates and announcements are published on the POLLEN20 event page and on Twitter. Any inquiries should be sent to the conference organizing group at POLLEN@sussex.ac.uk.

Online conference: “Extraction: Tracing the Veins”

Free online conference on the political ecology of extraction: 29th June-10th July 

Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre and Wageningen University welcomes you to the free online conference “Extraction: Tracing the Veins”, kicking off on the 29th of June. The conference features more than 80 presentations from around the world spanning extractive policy, indigenous knowledge extraction, resistances to extraction, artistic responses to extraction, data extraction and more. 

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Focali Annual Meeting and 10-year Anniversary, 5-6 November

The Focali (the Forest, Climate, and Livelihood Research Network based in Sweden) Annual Meeting and 10-year Anniversary 5-(6)th of November is approaching. Please see the invitation and draft outline for the event here.

Here’s how you can contribute:

  • Submit a theme/draft title for a speadtalk about your research/work to the thematic sessions (approx. 5 min presentation). 
    The theme of the presentation should be within the broad thematic area of Focali: Forest/landscapes, climate & livelihoods. The aim is to give participants a chance to get to know the focus/concerns/visions of many members and partners in these sessions prior to the discussion session and mingle time.
  • Suggest a theme/questions for the World Café discussion tables – members and partners can host discussion tables on different themes during this interactive exercise where participants can select tables in their interest. The aim with this session is to provide a space for deeper interactions between researchers and actors on different Focali relevant themes.  
  • Ideas for the 10-year anniversary celebrations during/after the dinner? Anything you can contribute with? Let us know!
  • Submit your speadtalk/theme/ideas to maria.olund@gu.se 
    Deadline submissionsOctober 15
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POLLEN 20 – Calling all PhD students and early career researchers: please contribute ideas!

The Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) 
Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration
24 – 26 June 2020
Brighton, UK

As part of the upcoming Third Biennial conference of the Political Ecology Network in Brighton from 24-26 June 2020, a working group made up of postgraduate researchers at the University of Sussex and Brighton University are organizing a special track for PhD and early career researchers within the conference.

The goal of this special track two-fold. First, we aim to  create a space within the conference organized for and by junior researchers and activists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who are focused, working on or practicing any aspects of political ecology. Second, we aim to ‘unconference’ POLLEN 20 by introducing ‘productively disruptive’ dynamics for the benefit of all attendees and participants.

At this time, we invite proposals and ideas from PhD and early career researchers for both formal and not-so-formal conference activities. These can involve things like field trips, theatre and role plays, visual arts, masterclasses or dynamic interventions within and around the conference. If you have an idea that you would like to discuss in advance of submission, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Please submit any ideas and proposals of 300-500 words by the 14th October 2019  to pollen.phd@gmail.com. Please include a description of your ideas or proposed activities and how you think these will benefit postgraduate researchers and the broader POLLEN network. 

News: updates from Political Ecology Research Centre, Massey University, NZ

POLLEN initiators Bram Buscher and Rob Fletcher (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) will be traveling to New Zealand in early February 2018 with colleagues from Sociology of Development and Change Group (SADE).  They will visit Massey University’s PERC (Political Ecology Research Centre) members and researchers from the School of People Environment and Planning (SPEP).  A workshop will be held at New Zealand’s National Park and the group will also visit Massey University’s Auckland and Palmerston North campuses.  The visit is intended to stimulate existing collaborations between PERC, SPEP and SADE and to bring these to the next level.  

PERC is also pleased to announce an open access book publishing contract with Athabasca University Press for Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics.  This collection edited by Trisia Farrelly, Sy Taffel, and Ian Shaw, developed out of PERC’s online conference held last year: The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic. The unifying theme of the edited collection is the material politics of plastic. Plastic Legacies considers how an interdisciplinary approach drawing upon the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural, and life sciences can illustrate the problems and offer potential solutions to the global plastics crisis. 

PERC will soon be announcing their next annual online conference, Feral:
In the twenty-first century, globalisation has become a truism, rather than a challenge or opportunity. People, money, resources, culture and power all flow around the world in ever increasingly complex systems and assemblages. Yet even as apparently almost all aspects of life become subject to global circulation, our ways of thinking about natural or non-human worlds remain stubbornly resistant to concepts of hybridity and exchange. Nature is so often imagined to have a proper place, arrangement or constitution: certain species are desirable and must be saved, whereas the flourishing of others (from algae to jellyfish to rats) can be taken as a sign of imbalance or degradation. In order to re-examine how we conceive and value different forms of nature or the non-human, this event calls on participants to take up the feral as a way to explore the possibilities and problems of the human relation to the non-human world.  The idea of the feral gestures towards forms of non-human life that have spurned human control or expectations: ‘bad’ forms of wilderness that are out of place and upset conventional thinking about the desirable or proper arrangement of nature. From biosecurity to so-called invasive species, ‘dead zones’ to re-wilding, urban pests to the idea of the feral calls on us to interrogate our assumptions about how, what, where and why nature ought to be, how we draw those lines and distinctions and how they speak to wider structures of power and privilege.

The Feral conference will be online late in the year.   Please see our website for updates: http://perc.ac.nz/wordpress/.

Announcing three Degrowth International Conferences in 2018

The Support Group of the International Degrowth Conferences is happy to announce three degrowth events for 2018. After the conferences in Paris (2008), Barcelona (2010), Venice and Montreal (2012), Leipzig (2014) and Budapest (2016), in 2018 there will be:

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