Plantation Spaces and the Limits of the Plantationocene
In preface to the 1958 historical monograph Vassouras, Stanley Stein wrote: “coffee in Brazil has molded past and present social and economic patterns.” That justification of the book that followed–a fine-grained historical study of the municipality of Vassouras–also encoded a historiographical argument regarding the global scope of phenomena affecting possibilities for temporal change in a rural society. At the time, the Stein’s were not the only ones thinking about history in these terms. Vassouras’ conditions of possibility are also evident in Sidney Mintz’s 1960 Worker in the Cane, Manuel Moreno Fraginals’ El Ingenio (1964), and George L. Beckford’s 1972 Persistent Poverty. Each of these texts suggests something of the “migratory” character of the plantation described by Katherine McKittrick (2013). Her words also illuminate a methodological and theoretical problem that each of the aforementioned studies performs with regard to the historiography of an apparently iterative space. As the “plantationocene” has become a theoretical lens for looking at an entire geological age (Haraway 2015) how exactly do we understand the social and political specificities associated with actually existing plantations? How do plantation spaces continue to “mold past and present social and economic patterns”? And what are the limits of such productions of space?
|Presenter||Christopher Lesser*, , “Stones the Builder Refused”: an Archaeological Case Study of Brazil’s Environmental Law||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Viridiana Hernandez*, University of California - Davis, The Avocado Ecology: Deforestation, Land-Tenure and Migration in Mexico’s Sierra Purépecha, 1953-1997||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Isabel Currie*, Universidad del Rosario, Rebel ecologies: The FARC’s role in the transition from coca to the cattle-grazing economy in the Caquetá, Colombia||15||12:00 AM|
|Discussant||Jovan Lewis University of California - Berkeley||15||12:00 AM|
|Discussant||Juliet Lu University of California - Berkeley||15||12:00 AM|
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