Tem02
Sustainability and resilience as moral orientations

Convenors:
Fiona McCormack (University of Waikato)
Benedicta Rousseau (University of Waikato)
Location:
Old Arts-156
Start time:
2 December, 2015 at 17:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel invites critical, ethnographic considerations of sustainability and resilience. These terms are often used to denote achievable moral orientations that may in turn guide behaviour, programs of reform and management, and provide a measure for proposed and completed courses of action.

Long abstract:

This panel invites critical, ethnographic considerations of sustainability and resilience as purported ideal states. These terms are often used to denote achievable moral orientations that may in turn guide behaviour, programs of reform and management, and provide a measure by which to judge proposed and completed courses of action. They seem to vacillate between noun and verb, ontology and epistemology, term and category, occupying sometimes unclear and/or shifting temporal locations. Given this shifting character, the questions that contributors might consider are multiple: - How do sustainability and resilience as aims become logics? - How have the terms been captured over time by different groups and for what purposes? - As achievable moral orientations, what markers have been used as an indicator of success? And what is downplayed in this process? - Is their a relationship between achieving this moral orientation and the generation of new types of inequality? - What is the relationship between the terms as an ideal state and the prevailing political-economic context?