“Dead” Land and the End of Capitalism? Interrogating the Politics of Toxic Environments and Capitalist Accumulation - II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Organizers: Cynthia Morinville, Nicole Van Lier
Chairs: Cynthia Morinville

Call for Papers

Organizers: Cynthia Morinville (University of Toronto) and Nicole Van Lier (University of Toronto) Sponsored by the Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Specialty Group Interested applicants should send abstracts (max. 250 words) to Cynthia Morinville (cynthia.morinville@mail.utoronto.ca) and Nicole Van Lier (nickie.vanlier@mail.utoronto.ca) by October 18th. Accepted applicants will be notified by October 20th.


In this session, we seek to explore the politics, the tensions, and the productive intersections between debates on the degradation of nature, of capitalist economies, and the rejuvenating potential for both life and value from toxic environments. We consider the ontologies and the temporalities of “dead” land and environments. We question what it means to conceptualize land, nature, and environments as “dead”, as “toxic”, or as having “no value”. We ask what “dead land” and toxic environments mean for the state, for capital, and for nature. We question the legitimacy and the utility of conceptualizing nature, environments, lands, spaces in these terms.


Type Details Minutes
Presenter Stian Rice*, Kent State University, Radioactive pigs, American bombs, and lazy plants: the making of toxicity and the metabolism of excess 20
Presenter Justin McBrien*, University of Virginia, Tallying the Necrocene’s Bat Body Count: Wind Energy Extraction and the Unpaid Labor of Extinction 20
Presenter Chandana Anusha*, Yale University, The Art of Getting By: Coastal Grazing in the Time of Port Development 20
Presenter Key MacFarlane*, University of California, Santa Cruz, In Search of Lost Profit: Environmental Services and Rust Belt Economies 20
Discussant Jake Kosek UC Berkeley 20

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