Conference on Environment and Identity in the Americas

Страна: Великобритания

Город: University of Essex

Тезисы до: 13.03.2020

Даты: 10.09.20 — 11.09.20

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Организаторы: University of Sussex and University of Essex


This two-day interdisciplinary conference will bring together postgraduate and early career scholars working on environmental humanities in the Americas. The natural world has emerged as a lens by which to examine vital political, social and economic concerns. The notion of the environment as shaped by human forces is now a well established principle in environmental history. Rather than being timeless and static, scholars have shown that the environment has been actively shaped and repurposed over time by its human and non-human inhabitants (Cronon, 1983). At the same time, human relationships with the natural world have been powerfully mediated through the categories of class, race and gender.  Others have pointed to the centrality of ecological domination in the rise of global capitalism in the Americas, understanding capitalism as a  ‘world-ecological project’ (Moore, 2010).

But how to include also the non-human, or other-than human in historical and social enquiry? How has the concept of ‘nature’ changed over time? What can history inform us about the relationship between identity, politics and nature? This conference aims to interrogate and historicise the connections between the natural world and identity (ethnic, political, sexual, racial or other) in the Americas.

It therefore seeks contributions relating to, but not limited to:

  • Indigenous/afro-descendant peoples and the environment
  • Historical and contemporary struggles over land and resources in the Americas
  • Extractivism and (eco)imperialism in the Americas
  • The environment and the ontological turn
  • Cultural responses to the natural world in the Americas
  • Historicising nature and the non-human
  • Marxism, capitalism and nature
  • Feminist movements and the environment

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