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.
|Presenter||Robert Kopack*, University of Toronto, Rocket Wastelands in Kazakhstan: Scientific Authoritarianism and the Baikonur Cosmodrome||20||5:20 PM|
|Presenter||Marcus Wallner*, , New Yet Old? The Brownfield/Greenfield Distinction in a Historical Mining District in Sweden||20||5:40 PM|
|Presenter||Graham Pickren*, Roosevelt University, The Life and Death of Calumet: BP, Tar Sands, and Struggles Over Land in the Chicago Region||20||6:00 PM|
|Presenter||Robert Stolz*, , Radiation’s World: Japan’s Fukushima Disaster and the Repetition Compulsion of National Sacrifice Zones||20||6:20 PM|
|Discussant||Matt Huber Syracuse University||20||6:40 PM|
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