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Message posted on 07/07/2021

Extended Deadline! CFP: Hope, Ruination and the Politics of Remaking Landscapes | RAI2021

                Dear colleagues,

Please note that the deadline to submit your abstracts to our panel "*Hope,
Ruination and the Politics of Remaking Landscapes*" at the RAI 2021
Anthropology and Conservation conference (panel 019) has been extended
to *Monday
12 July.*

Dates: 25 to 29 October 2021, online conference
Abstract submission deadline: 12 July 2021
Please propose your abstract to this panel via the online form:
Proposals should consist of a title, a short abstract of less than 300
characters and a full abstract of 250 words.

This panel discusses tensions between different hopes, including for
conservation, and processes of ruination, which may also be driven by
conservation, in contested landscapes.

Increasing environmental degradation has become a key concern for
anthropologists and scholars in related disciplines. Yet, they look to
conservation with mixed feelings. On the one hand, they have documented the
problems for people inhabiting the ruins of past and present economic
dreams and ecological indifference. On the other hand, they have noticed
the ubiquitous tensions between different people’s hopes for more
sustainable futures, amongst which are various models of conservation.
Taking contested landscapes as its starting point and material anchor, this
panel explores stories of environmental destruction, but invites the
presenters to also attend to the related hopes for ecological transitions
and justice. How do humans inhabit ruined temporalities and spatialities of
Anthropocene landscapes? How do the undercurrents of hope and ruination
present themselves in various and conflicting social practices, creating
future landscapes? What role does conservation play in the tension between
ruination and hope?

This panel is convened by EASA’s Environment and Anthropology Network
(EnviroAnt) and explores links between the RAI conference and the 2021
EnviroAnt workshop in Tallinn (see

Katrine Callander (University of Kent, Canterbury)
Arvid van Dam (University of Bonn)
Alexandra Cotofana (Zayed University)

Franz Krause (University of Cologne)
Aet Annist (University of Tartu and Tallinn University)

We're looking forward to your proposals and seeing you at the conference.

Dr. Arvid van Dam
Anthropology | Environment | Design
University of Bonn |
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