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.
|Presenter||Cynthia Morinville*, University of Toronto, Nicole Van Lier*, University of Toronto, “Dead” Land and the End of Capitalism? Interrogating the Politics of Toxic Environments and Capitalist Accumulation||20||1:20 PM|
|Presenter||Carley-Jane Stanton*, University of Oxford, Oil Sands, Fungi, and Hauntings: Foraging in the Spectral Landscape of Fort McMurray, Canada||20||1:40 PM|
|Presenter||Elizabeth Lord*, Harvard University, The Rural/Urban divide and Socio-Environmental Reproduction in Contemporary China||20||2:00 PM|
|Presenter||Joshua Steckley*, , Manufacturing Commodity Frontiers||20||2:20 PM|
|Discussant||Anna Stanley University of Guelph||20||2:40 PM|
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