It has been almost two decades since the ‘more-than-human’ geographies project took off: a contemporary geographical iteration of how the social, cultural and political are forged in relation to a retinue of nonhuman potentials and forces. In a series of field-defining interventions (Whatmore and Thorne, 1998, Whatmore and Thorne, 2000), and the now canonical Hybrid Geographies (Whatmore, 2002), Sarah Whatmore sought to map into spaces of embodiment, relation and movement to forge an exciting arena of geographical enquiry. Initially raising some profound questions about routinized ontological beliefs that underpin research in the discipline’ (Castree et al., 2004), more-than-human geographies have now exerted a significant pull on human geography as a whole.
More-than-human geography has fostered some of the most innovative scholarship in geography and has become one of the discipline’s pivotal fields of research [see: (Braun, 2005, Braun, 2008, Greenhough, 2010)]. Beyond geography, the epithet has come to be used in a number of cognate areas, including anthropology and sociology (Ingold, 2013, Tsing, 2014, Pyyhtinen, 2016). Rather than following a strict genealogy, more-than-human geographies have multiplied, practiced and developed in a number of directions from work on animals to environmental events, from examining bodies to algorithms and models. Keeping initial receptions (Castree et al., 2004, Philo, 2005), and later developments (Lorimer, 2012), in mind, this panel seeks to engage with more-than-human geography’s interventions, its legacy and where it might head in the future.
To this end, this panel seeks to address a number of themes and questions. These pertain to (1) more-than-human geographies and its relation to the 'ontological turn' and the so-called 'multispecies' approaches; (2) geographical insights, the ways in which its ontological, diagnostic and prognostic insights have troubled habitual ways of thinking in human geography; (3) intellectual sources and trajectories, particularly its 'intellectual promiscuity' and relations to thinkers such as Deleuze, Guattari, Latour and Ingold; (4) historicity, or whether more-than-human geography's historicity is different from that of rupture, event or epoch; (5) empirics and interdisciplinarity, particularly the kinds of bodies, technologies and forces that are retrieved and in what new directions might they be taken.
To this end, the panel(s) will bring leading scholars to discuss more-than-human geographies, providing provocations on the themes above, followed by a response from Prof Sarah Whatmore.
|Panelist||Matthew Kearnes University of New South Wales||20|
|Discussant||Clemens Driessen Wageningen University||20|
|Discussant||Elizabeth Johnson Hobart & William Smith Colleges||20|
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