Making time: metabolisms, crises, fixes, critique

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Grand Ballroom D, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Kevin Surprise, Ingrid Behrsin
Chairs: Ingrid Behrsin


This session seeks to link core themes in nature-society geography – capitalist crises, metabolism(s), and spatial/socio-ecological fixes – through the variable of time (and its cognates temporality, tempo, rhythm, rate, etc.), querying how time shapes various attempts to “fix” and/or transcend capitalism’s metabolic rifts and ecological crises. Analyses of capitalist crises and spatio-temporality have, of course, long been foundational (e.g. Harvey 1982). Relationships between temporality, nature, and accumulation have generated fresh insights (e.g. Henderson 1998; Boyd et al. 2001), and continue to provoke new questions – e.g. Moore’s (2015) notion of ‘negative-value’ and the temporal mismatch between ecological crisis and capitalist fixes, and Ekers and Prudham’s (2017) work linking urban metabolisms and socio-ecological fixes. Moreover, the emergence of the Anthropocene has generated questions of geologic/deep time in geographical analysis (Yusoff 2013), and emergent movements such as degrowth and accelerationism place time – particularly relationships between temporality, scale, and technology – at the core of their politics (D’Alisa et al. 2014; Srnicek and Williams 2015).

Questions of time in the above analyses tend to center on the capacity to defer capitalist crises, increase turnover time via the production of space and nature, and to slow down or speed up as a form of politics. While these approaches are crucial, what other temporalities might be at play? As the rates of myriad socio-ecological disasters increase, how do the temporal complexities of various socio-ecological metabolisms shape, disrupt, or otherwise condition “fixes”? How can an emphasis on the connections between time and metabolic processes expand current understandings of capitalist natures and the limits/possibilities of fixes? How does temporality figure into anti-/post-capitalist critique and politics?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Vijay Kolinjivadi*, , Diana Vela Almeida, Lecturer, Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN), Ecuador , Nicolas Kosoy, Associate Professor, McGill University, On the temporalization of ecological crisis and the modern socionature regime 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Lourdes Alonso Serna*, The University of Manchester, The spatio-temporalities of the socio-ecological fix of wind energy in Oaxaca, Mexico 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Chris Rea*, UCLA, Andy Lockhart, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield, Why there and then, not here and now? Conservation offsetting in California and England, and the unravelling of neoliberal environmental fixes 20 6:00 PM
Discussant Jesse Goldstein Virginia Commonwealth University 10 6:20 PM

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