CAPE "Robert C. Netting" and "James M. Blaut" Joint Plenary Lecture, by Dr. Thomas Bassett and Dr. Jessica Dempsey

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (MDT)
Room: Marshall South, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Kimberley Thomas
Chairs: Kimberley Thomas

Description

This is the annual Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) specialty group plenary lecture in honor of Robert McC. Netting and James M. Blaut. In previous years, one plenary was given by the previous year's recipient of the CAPE Robert McC. Netting Award, which is in recognition of distinguished research and professional activities that bridge geography and anthropology. A separate plenary was given by the previous year's recipient of the James M. Blaut Award, which is in recognition of innovative scholarship in cultural and political ecology, as demonstrated by publication of an article or book title.

This year, we present the first joint plenary of the annual CAPE faculty awards. Each speaker will present a 30-minute talk, and the session will conclude with a 30-minute conversation with the audience. Descriptions of the two talks follow.

Dr. Thomas Bassett - 2018 Robert McC Netting Awardee
This is the tenth annual Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) specialty group Robert McC Netting plenary lecture. This plenary is given by the previous year's recipient of the CAPE Robert McC Netting Award, which is in recognition of distinguished research and professional activities that bridge geography and anthropology. The 2018 lecturer is Dr. Thomas Bassett, who will speak on “Bringing to Scale: The scaling-up concept in the agricultural value chain literature.” This paper examines the varied meanings of the scaling-up concept in the African agricultural development literature, including scaling up farmers' access to markets, access to productivity-enhancing technology, and participation in markets. Its main argument is that the scaling-up concept is constrained by the linear and functional nature of the value chain framework which cannot adequately capture the ways value chains actually operate. In contrast, a relational network approach reveals a more dynamic process of scale making in which value chain actors' responses to power, risk, and conflict affect the scaling process. The paper draws on a case study of cashew value chain development in Côte d’Ivoire to illustrate this alternative conceptualization of the production of scale.

Dr. Jessica Dempsey – 2018 James M. Blaut Awardee
This is the fourth annual Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) specialty group James M. Blaut plenary lecture. This plenary is given by the previous year's recipient of the CAPE James M. Blaut Award, which is in recognition of innovative scholarship in cultural and political ecology, as demonstrated by publication of an article or book title. Jessica Dempsey was awarded the honor for her book "Enterprising Nature: Economics, Markets and Finance in Global Biodiversity Politics" (2016, Wiley-Blackwell, Antipode book series). Dr. Dempsey will present research on a new but related project, entitled “Is there time for Caribou?”.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Thomas Bassett*, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Bringing to Scale": The scaling-up concept in the agricultural value chain literature 20 1:10 PM
Presenter Jessica Dempsey*, University of British Columbia, Is there time for caribou? 20 1:30 PM

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