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

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Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:15 PM
Room: Spruce, Sheraton, IM Pei Tower, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Nicole Van Lier, Neil Nunn
Chairs: Nicole Van Lier


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 Ariel Rawson*, The Ohio State University, Civilizational stories of depression-microbe connections and dysbiotic life across scale 15 4:00 PM
Presenter Robert Kopack*, University of Toronto, The Futility of Resistance? Social-Environmental Justice, Russian Colonialism, and the toxic continuities of the Cold War in Kazakhstan 15 4:15 PM
Presenter Julianne Hazlewood*, University of California - Santa Cruz, Be(y)on(d) the Map: Collectively Regenerating Geographies of (De)CO2loniality/H2Ope in the Ecuadorian Northwest Pacific Territory-region 15 4:30 PM
Presenter Jeff Rose*, University of Utah, Unsheltered homelessness and the right to metabolism: An urban political ecology of embodied nature-society relations 15 4:45 PM
Discussant Lindsey Dillon University of California - Santa Cruz 15 5:00 PM

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