“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
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Iberville, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Cynthia Morinville, Nicole Van Lier
Chairs: Cynthia Morinville


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.


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