Honeybee Geographies: Exploring New Productions of Nature, Space, Knowledge, and Power

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Rural Geography Specialty Group, Animal Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon D2, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Jennie Durant
Chairs: Jennie Durant


Bees are some of the hardest workers on the planet. Their efforts either directly or indirectly produce a significant proportion of the food we eat. Throughout history, bees have been critical to both a healthy environment as well as the way we see ourselves, with beekeepers acting as the conduit between bees and various aspects of our society. Despite the importance of bees, honeybee colonies are declining at an alarming rate across the globe due to pests such as mites (Varoa, Acarine, etc.), agrochemicals, landscape changes, disease, and various disorders such as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

With the loss of bee populations as a recently recognized global crisis, concern and curiosity about honeybees and honeybee health has garnered increasing international interest. While ecological research on these topics has been prolific, an interdisciplinary sector of critical social science research on honeybees and beekeepers has also emerged. This panel brings together scholars from around the world (Japan, Canada, Australia, and the United States) to discuss honeybee geographies. Drawing from the methods and theories of their various disciplines, our panelists consider how honeybees—and the communities, spaces, and conflicts that coalesce around them—help us engage in broader questions about environmental governance, socio-natural relations, gender and age differences, urban-rural conflicts, and productions of space and knowledge.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Maximilian Spiegelberg Research Institute for Humanities & Nature 20
Panelist Rebecca Ellis University of Western Ontario 20
Panelist Jennie Durant University of California, Berkeley 20
Panelist Kirsten Martinus The University of Western Australia 20

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