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Land in the Anthropocene: new connections and forms of agency across the rural/urban and disciplinary divides [Land, Politics and Sustainability] 
Colin Marx (UCL)
Julian Quan (University of Greenwich)
Rama Salla Dieng (University of Edinburgh)
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Julian Quan (University of Greenwich)
Rama Salla Dieng (University of Edinburgh)
Agriculture and food
Edith Morley 175
Friday 30 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Land scholars and activists working on urban or rural issues share concerns but find few opportunities to interact. This panel explores the different emphases and diverse ontologies and epistemologies of urban and rural land initiatives to collectively promote new connections and agencies.

Long Abstract:

Urban and rural land relations are: (1) embedded in the way that the Anthropocene has developed, and its political ecology; (2) central to its present crises, involving commodification, natural systems degradation, climate and zoonotic hazards, and large scale human mobility and migrations ; and (3) fundamental to what comes next in establishing new connections and forms of agency that can enable climate adaptation, restore ecosystems and decarbonised development pathways.

This panel is intended as a workshop that will work across current urban- rural and other disciplinary divisions by encouraging engagement between scholars and practitioners concerned with land and its place in development from diverse points of view. This is seen as a first step in encouraging learning and greater collaboration across interests in both urban and rural contexts.

We invite contributors to address any or all of the following questions drawing on analysis or reflection of land issues in a rural or urban context:

1. In what ways, do conceptions of land and property lock in key features of development in the Anthropocene? What are the implications of this for different actors and interests?

2. How are conceptions of land, and rights and governance unsettled and challenged by the current conflicts and crises in the Anthropocene?

3. What new perspectives on land and what connections and forms of agency are relevant in charting transitions towards more just, equitable and sustainable futures?

Please send a 300 word abstract outlining your contribution to the convenors.

Accepted contributions:

Session 1 Friday 30 June, 2023, -