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Political Ecology and Tropical Forests: classical and emerging approaches
14-16 mai 2018
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Christian Kull, Université de Lausanne
Flore Lafaye de Micheaux, Doctorante, Université de Lausanne
Prof. Benjamin Neimark
Prof. Christian Kull
Dr. Muriel Côte
Political ecology is an approach to studying diverse issues at the intersection of society and environment. It differs from 'a-political' ecologies in paying particular attention to not just material processes, but also social relations, power dynamics, and discursive framings, often with an associated normative stance emphasising social justice and environmental sustainability. Political ecology champions place-based, empirical fieldwork as well as the historical and multi-scale context. It is animated by robust theoretical discussions drawing on, for instance, Marxist political economy, post-structuralism, post-colonialism, feminism, actor-network theory, and diverse natural sciences.
This three day interactive seminar seeks to build on the knowledge of both participants and facilitators to identify the value of this approach, to survey recent developments, and to apply the approach to a concrete case in order to contribute to its evolution. On day one we will review the central tenets of political ecology, and map out key ideas and their genealogies. On day two we focus on recent, path-breaking literature in the field. On day three we apply our ideas to a concrete case study. The format of the seminar mixes lectures and seminar discussions with numerous participatory activities.
The 2018 edition of this block course will focus in particular on the political ecology of tropical forests. From its beginnings, political ecology has focused on tropical forests as centres of ecological and social contestations and transformations, including the pioneering work of M. Schmink or S. Hecht in the Amazon and N. Peluso in Indonesia. Tropical forests continue to be epicentres of concern, with new types of transnationally-driven and locally-rooted dynamics of exploitation, plantation, invasion, and conservation.
In this course, we will:
To register, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before March 31, 2018 and answer the following questions:
1. Do you address environmental issues in your thesis? If yes, why/how.
2. Do you address forest issues in your thesis? If yes, why/how.
3. Are you familiar with Political Ecology discipline? If yes, what, in your opinion, are the most inspiring books/texts in this field? Why?
4. What do you want to learn in this course?
5. Do you wish to present your research or to propose a specific topic to be discussed in small groups (within "Off program")? Please make suggestions here.
Institute of Geography and Sustainability (IGD), University of Lausanne, Geopolis building