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

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
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Presenter Marcus Wallner*, , New Yet Old? The Brownfield/Greenfield Distinction in a Historical Mining District in Sweden 20
Presenter Graham Pickren*, Roosevelt University, The Life and Death of Calumet: BP, Tar Sands, and Struggles Over Land in the Chicago Region 20
Presenter Robert Stolz*, , Radiation’s World: Japan’s Fukushima Disaster and the Repetition Compulsion of National Sacrifice Zones 20
Discussant Matt Huber Syracuse University 20

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