Ecologies of Hope

Short Seminar

January 19–21, 2007

This three-day seminar continued the ongoing work of an interdisciplinary group of scholars who have conducted ethnographic research around the world in the growing field of political ecology. People working in this field explore the way politics, economics, and social factors affect environmental issues, and they advocate anthropologically inspired approaches to environmental governance. The group’s case studies represented tangible attempts to “create hope at the micro level” in projects involving agricultural commodity networks, freshwater harvesting, land redistribution and reform, renewable energy, risk management in the context of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and local environmental governance movements. The participants aimed to identify best practices toward the building their papers to rigorous cross-disciplinary critique in preparation for a future volume on new development hybrids. “Each case offers interesting insights into aspects of what might be described as an environmentalism of the disenfranchised—aspects such as sustenance, security, and suffrage,” said chair Ravi Rajan.

Ravi Rajan, Chair Provost, University of California, Santa Cruz
Christopher Bacon Associate Researcher, Agroecology Group, University of California, Santa Cruz Finding Hope in Forgotten Places: Constructing Quality, Cultivating Fair Trade Coffee and the Struggle to Scale Up Without Selling Out
Ariane C. deBremond Research Associate, The H. John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment, Washington, DC Regenerating Conflicted Landscapes: War, Identity, and Environmental Governance in Cinquera, El Salvador
Colin A. M. Duncan Associate Professor, Department of History, Queen’s College, City University of New York Discussant
Krista Harper Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Public Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Environmental Justice in Central and Eastern Europe: Translations and Transformations
Dustin Mulvaney Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz Anti-Genetic Engineering Activism and Subnational Regulation: Sowing Seeds of Hope in the Fields of Social Resistance (co-authored with Zivian)
Roopali Phadke Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Macalester College Water Works in India
Benjamin Weil Graduate Student, University of California, Santa Cruz Community Commitment to Conservation and Renewable Energy
Anna Zivian Doctoral Candidate, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz Anti-Genetic Engineering Activism and Subnational Regulation: Sowing Seeds of Hope in the Fields of Social Resistance (co-authored with Mulvaney)

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