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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

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

Chairs: 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. Regards,

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

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