These two sessions present a range of contemporary work on “urban nature” derived from research cross a range of different scales and contexts. The meaning of “urban ecology”, for example, is undergoing a transition that marks a more critically reflective and interdisciplinary approach to “urban political ecology” including new forms of methodological innovation derived from DNA sequencing, phenomenology, ethology, filmmaking, and other fields. Questions of agency are being re-framed to develop dialogues between other-than-human natures and the so-called “new materialisms” including stratigraphic conceptions of space and time. Specific facets of the urban landscape such as wastelands, hydrological imaginaries, and spaces of collective memory are being re-framed as a set of embodied and intersecting socio-ecological realms. How are we to make sense of this kaleidoscope of different entities and entanglements? How does the de-centering of urban environmental discourse from the bounded human subject play out?
|Presenter||Maan Barua*, University of Oxford, Feral ecologies: Mapping into New Delhi’s urban macaque controversy||15||1:20 PM|
|Presenter||Nida Rehman*, University of Cambridge, Mosquitoes and the urban political ecology of stagnant water||15||1:35 PM|
|Presenter||Maros Krivy*, University of Cambridge / Estonian Academy of Arts, Merely Interesting? Wasteland Aesthetics and Late Capitalist Urbanization||15||1:50 PM|
|Presenter||Franklin Ginn*, University of Bristol, Daanish Mustafa, King's College London, Appropriating the vegetal commons||15||2:05 PM|
|Presenter||Sandra Jasper*, University of Cambridge, Lively matter, critical inertia? Reflections on the neo-vitalist turn in geography.||15||2:20 PM|
|Discussant||Nate Millington African Centre for Cities||10||2:35 PM|
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