“Fermented landscapes”: Perspectives on landscape, fermentation, and their material and figurative linkages

Type: Panel
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Geography of Wine, Beer, and Spirits Specialty Group, Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Organizers: Colleen Myles
Chairs: Colleen Myles

Description

Fermentation is a state of agitation or turbulent change or development, which is often associated with the process wherein an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances. While microorganisms like yeast or bacteria are the usual actors in the biochemical process of fermentation, the (micro)organisms and (f)actors involved in the processes of symbolic (social, cultural, political) fermentation are less clear. Panelists in this session explore the cases and theoretical framings that constitute a comprehensive conceptualization of fermented landscapes, an overarching research agenda that examines the excitement, unrest, and agitation evident across shifting physical-environmental and socio-cultural landscapes, especially as related to the production, distribution, and consumption of fermented products. Using a variety of methods, studies of fermented landscapes seek to better understand transformations within material and symbolic landscapes at a variety of scales. Examples of research falling under this umbrella include a variety of wine, beer, and cider geographies (as well as the geography of other fermented products, alcoholic or otherwise) and a collection of essays examining the power of the fermentation metaphor in science and society. Studies in fermented landscapes can thus uncover the environmental, economic, and sociocultural implications of fermentation in both expected and unexpected places and ways. Further, this analytical framework can be used to home in on the complex study of rural-urban exchanges or metabolisms over time and space – an increasingly relevant endeavor in socially and environmentally challenged contexts, whether global or local.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes
Panelist Brendan Lavy The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 10
Panelist Elizabeth Yarbrough 10
Panelist Walter Furness Texas State University - San Marcos 10
Panelist Delorean Wiley TX State University 10
Panelist Paul Zunkel Emporia State University 10
Panelist Mark Patterson Kennesaw State University 5
Panelist Nancy Hoalst-Pullen Kennesaw State University 5
Panelist Vaughn Baltzly Texas State University Department of Philosophy 10
Panelist Eric Sarmiento Texas State University - San Marcos 10
Panelist Christopher Holtkamp Texas State University - San Marcos 10

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