Critical Approaches to Wildlife Conservation

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Animal Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 3:55 PM / 5:35 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8228, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Sandra McCubbin, Shannon O'Lear
Chairs: Shannon O'Lear

Call for Submissions

We welcome theoretical, conceptual, and empirical papers, as well as new and ongoing work from scholars at all career stages. Paper titles, abstracts (250 words max.), and AAG PINs should be submitted to and by November 8th.


Critical scholarship on wildlife conservation policy and practice has proliferated in recent years. Broadly, this work explores how power operates in and through wildlife conservation, and with what impacts. Emerging themes of and approaches to critical conservation scholarship include, but are not limited to, the Anthropocene, decolonization, more-than-human geographies, neoliberal natures, event ethnography, multispecies ethnography, securitization and militarization, wildlife captivity and rehabilitation, wildlife trafficking, and rewilding. In this session we seek to bring together papers that allow us to survey and foster discussion of emerging topics, methodological approaches, and theoretical orientations to understanding wildlife conservation.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Sandra McCubbin*, Queen's University, Alice Hovorka, York University, Visioning African Lionscapes: Securing space, mobilizing capital, and fostering subjects 20 3:55 PM
Presenter Shannon O'Lear*, University of Kansas, Critical Geopolitics of Wildlife Conservation 20 4:15 PM
Presenter Mollie Holmberg*, University of British Columbia, Crisis ecology at the Vancouver Aquarium: Putting octopuses to work for conservation 20 4:35 PM
Presenter Marlotte De Jong*, , Constructing the Poacher: Narratives of Blame in Ivory Poaching 20 4:55 PM
Presenter Liam Kennedy-Slaney*, University of Manitoba, The Bear in the Thaw: Political Inheritances of Wildlife Conservation 20 5:15 PM

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