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Ecological Praxes: On Commons, Senses, and Subjects

Type: Paper
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Organizers: Ian Shaw, Sallie Marston
Chairs: Ian Shaw


In the face of global environmental disasters, our ecological senses and praxes have become vital terrains of struggle for hope, desire, and the production of ethical subjects. As Felix Guattari writes (1989), “Ecological praxes might, in this light, be defined as a search to identify in each partial locus of existence the potential vectors of subjectification.” How can we equip ourselves with the ecological praxes to change our mental and social ecologies? This session will explore how community and school gardens—together with a range of other urban commons—can shape and re-shape the production of ethical subjects, senses, and spaces. We seek to understand how interactions between humans and nonhumans can cultivate orientations beyond what Mark Fisher termed (2009) “capitalist realism:” the deadening belief that our neoliberal order is the only horizon of possibility. By planting, growing, caring for animals, building, crafting, assembling, and watering, we explore how micro-practices such as these can generate sensual solidarities that stretch beyond any individual “self” and the neoliberal subject. How might these ecological practices—and their attending senses—be the basis for site-specific forms of pre-figurative politics in everyday life? And, of course, we must also ask: what are the limitations of gardens and other commons for new social relations? What work is still to be done?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jacklyn Weier*, Pennsylvania State University, Dumpstering in Suburbia: Commons and Non-Capitalist Subjectification 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Ian Shaw*, The University of Glasgow, Sallie Marston*, University of Arizona, Cheryl McGeachan, The University of Glagow, Ecological Praxes: Growing Sensual Solidarities 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Mauricio Estrada*, Leibniz - Institute for Regional Geography, Kathrin Hörschelmann, Leibniz - Institute for Regional Geography, The Public and the Common: Tensions around Praxes of Urban Community Gardens 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Ria Dunkley*, University of Glasgow, Childhood Ecological Encounters and Micro-practices in the New Climatic Regime 15 12:00 AM

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