P019
Liveability in a time of ecological destruction [Humans and Other Living Beings Network]

Convenors:
Sara Asu Schroer (University of Aberdeen)
Charlotte Marchina (INALCO)
Discussant:
Marianne E. Lien (University of Oslo)
Stream:
Panels
Location:
Horsal 7 (D7)
Start time:
15 August, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel centres on the notion of liveability in a time in which human activity on the planet has had large-scale destructive influence on ecologies and the myriad more-than-human lifeworlds that constitute them.

Long abstract:

This panel centres on the notion of liveability in a time in which human activity on the planet has had large-scale destructive influence on ecologies and the myriad more-than-human lifeworlds that constitute them. We are interested in exploring how people imagine liveable ecologies. How is their sense of belonging and responsibility shaped by the experience of ecological destruction and loss? What actions do they take? What hopes, visions and expectations do they have for the future? How do these clash with what is possible and what has already been lost (e.g. in community projects, environmental activism, rewilding or de-extinction initiatives)? We are particularly interested in approaches that seek to move environmental anthropology 'beyond the human' by opening analysis up to nonhuman beings as active participants in shared social worlds. How is human and nonhuman wellbeing interconnected? What can be gained from attuning to more-than-human temporalities and materials when addressing questions of liveability and ecological ethics? The questions this panel raises can be explored through different ethnographic contexts and narratives be it for instance in relation to rural communities, urban ecological activists, laboratory scientists or ecologists. We invite contributions from anthropology but also from other disciplines such as human geography, history of science, science and technology studies or archaeology.