Shifting Ecologies: Liminality, Transience, Encounter

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Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Directors Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Helen Wilson, Aurora Fredriksen
Chairs: Helen Wilson

Description

In the context of shifting ecologies, how geographers research transformation and transition is a question that is of increasing importance. Distinctive conceptual, ethical, and methodological questions have been raised by new patterns of migration and foraging; the disappearance and diminishment of species kinds; the unravelling and/or reworking of (ecological) relations, and human/human-animal relationships; the colonisation of new spaces and altered practices of territory-making; and altered bodies, behaviours and landscapes. Whether transient forms of existence, a threshold or period of transition, or beings that occupy a boundary-position or space, the question of how to approach, conceptualise, and name ecological shifts can be seen in work that has variously sought to understand: the urbanisation of animal life; the multiple ways of knowing that are employed to negotiate shifting environmental, political, and legal burdens; fluctuations between apparent abundance and threatened extinction; and the movement between different articulations or value-laden categories of worth, as when new migrants become pest species in Western settings and discourse, to name only a few examples.

The session thus reflects on and engages with questions of liminality, transience, and/or encounter in the context of shifting ecologies, including: explorations of the different forms that liminality, transience or encounter might take; the concepts that are used to examine and name shifting ecologies (and the politics of such use); the entanglement, erasure or incommensurability of diverse knowledge systems, disciplinary traditions, and frames of reference; the production and mediation of liminality; the temporalities of shifting ecologies and how such temporalities are empirically engaged; the ethico-political consequences of encounters within shifting ecologies (and their limits); and the contested politics of difference and power that shifting ecologies reveal, produce, and conceal.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Aurora Fredriksen*, University of Manchester - Manchester, Ecological Ruin, Refuge and the Transient Return of Wild Flamingos to Florida 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Anya Kaplan-Seem*, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Invisible infrastructure: subsurface drainage in the agrarian Midwest 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Helen F Wilson*, Durham University, Coexistence, Transgression, and the Tyne Kittiwakes 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Charles Carlin*, University of Wisconsin, Ceremony, Storytelling, and the Paradox of Thresholds 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Gwendolin McCrea*, University of Minnesota, Shaping new spaces: how microorganisms make territory 20 9:20 AM

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