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This panel explores the intersections between socioenvironmental movements and popular ecologies -struggling with growing environmental conflicts- and anthropological engagements with economy, ecology and politics in order to reflect about contested presents and (un)desired futures.
In the last decades, and particularly in the era following the 2008 financial crash, neoliberal policies and ideologies intensified the scale of socio-environmental dispossession, while degrading and threatening habitats and ecosystems, both symbolically and materially. Accelerated resource extraction, financialization and privatization are reshaping the socio-ecological conditions for the livelihoods and social reproduction of many groups, both in rural and urban contexts. As a response, these new socio-ecological landscapes are also becoming the locus of resistance, contestation and imaginative re-creations by multiple social subjects and movements, including struggles around nuclear energy, mining, waste and water management, climate change, gentrification, urban mobility and urban growth, mega-infrastructures, air pollution, among others. This panel invites papers that explore anthropological engagements with the diversity of voices, tactics, narratives, actions and approaches that are currently leading different forms of opposition to various environmental conflicts, in and beyond Europe. We welcome papers that interrogate the mutual entanglements among socioenvironmental movements, popular ecologies and our anthropological engagements with economy, ecology and politics, with the aim of disclosing fruitful intersections and connections. The production of knowledges, valuation frameworks, imaginaries, repertoires, policies, languages and socioenvironmental rights are some of the questions we would like to interrogate through ethnographic fieldwork, as well as the alternative life-forms that they entail, relate to and engage with. Such effort should help us redraw the contours of human-environmental relations, as well as to map again the multiple spaces of conflict around contested presents and (un)desired futures.