“Dead” Land and the End of Capitalism? Interrogating the Politics of Toxic Environments and Capitalist Accumulation - I

Type: Paper
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Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Organizers: Cynthia Morinville, Nicole Van Lier
Chairs: Nicole Van Lier

Call for Papers

Organizers: Cynthia Morinville (University of Toronto) and Nicole Van Lier (University of Toronto) Sponsored by the Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Specialty Group Interested applicants should send abstracts (max. 250 words) to Cynthia Morinville (cynthia.morinville@mail.utoronto.ca) and Nicole Van Lier (nickie.vanlier@mail.utoronto.ca) by October 18th. Accepted applicants will be notified by October 20th.


Description

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.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Presenter Cynthia Morinville*, University of Toronto, “Dead” Land and the End of Capitalism? Interrogating the Politics of Toxic Environments and Capitalist Accumulation Nicole Van Lier*, University of Toronto, “Dead” Land and the End of Capitalism? Interrogating the Politics of Toxic Environments and Capitalist Accumulation 20
Presenter Carley-Jane Stanton*, University of Oxford, Oil Sands, Fungi, and Hauntings: Foraging in the Spectral Landscape of Fort McMurray, Canada 20
Presenter Elizabeth Lord*, Harvard University, The Rural/Urban divide and Socio-Environmental Reproduction in Contemporary China 20
Presenter Joshua Steckley*, , Manufacturing Commodity Frontiers 20
Discussant Anna Stanley University if Guelph 20

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