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The politics of socio-ecological disruption: Questions on theory, practice, and methodology I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups:
Organizers: Nicole Van Lier, Neil Nunn
Chairs: Neil Nunn


Research at the nexus of the social and the ecological has explored how Western structures (racial capitalism, white supremacy, settler-colonialism, anthropocentrism) rely upon the disruption of vital social and ecological relationships. In exploring power through socio-ecological disruption, scholars have also identified challenges that arise given a tendency in critical research to conform to the very structures that are the aim of critique. In this session, we bring together a broad range of voices and backgrounds to explore how to engage the contexts of ecological degradation without reverting to the ideas and values systems that have historically worked to maintain Western structures of power. As a starting point, we consider the following theoretical and methodological questions: how might examining research methods and epistemologies in light of centuries of mass disruption to social formations and life systems offer insights into complex structural interconnections that produce disruption? what can be learned from underrepresented voices about research norms which uphold the same patterns of disavowal that much “justice” research seeks to address? what research insights can be gained from emergent debates within and between disciplines engaged with socio-ecological disruption?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Hernan Bianchi Benguria*, University of Toronto, Grounding the Co-optation of Sustainability: Electromobility as the Perpetuation of an Extractive and Growth-based Economy 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Guillaume Proulx*, Universite Du Quebec En Abitibi-Temiscamingue, "Une décolonisation manquée": An attempt to investigate the socio-ecological disruptions of nation-building in the margins of Quebec without reinforcing a settler colonial narrative. 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Katie Mazer*, University of Toronto, From “vulnerable talent” to just-in-time work: The tar sands talent pipeline 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Alexander Stubberfield*, Virginia Tech, Instruments, Assemblages, and Environmentality: Toward the Technonatural 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Danielle Rivera University of Colorado, Boulder 15 12:00 AM

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