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Migrant Ecologies: Mobile Transformations Out of the Ashes and Beyond 
Tomas Cole (Stockholm University)
Karin Ahlberg (University of Bremen)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/017
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

In a mobile world, not only humans migrate; flora, fauna and microorganisms are constantly moving. This panel examines the mobile transformations of species, ecologies, and discourses, beyond normative notions of good or bad, engaging critically with dominant biodiversity and nativism perspectives.

Long Abstract:

In an increasingly mobile and interconnected world, not only humans migrate; flora, fauna and microorganisms are constantly moving and being moved through human infrastructures. Newly introduced species threaten to transform pathological and nutritional baselines in ways that fundamentally alter the demographic trajectories of both species, ecosystems and cultures. Alfred Crosby's "Colombian Exchange" is a prime example of such phenomena, describing the transformative impact transatlantic mobility had upon American and Eurasian wildlife and culture. Today, it is estimated that more than 10 000 species are on the move through global shipping alone, and species mobility is now considered one of the largest threats to biodiversity, and through this paradigm, the UN and other organizations seek to rescue endemic and local ecosystems from the onslaught of new "invasive" species.

But to onehandedly blame mobile flora, fauna and microorganisms for causing biodiversity loss, misconstrues the complexity of species mobility. Species have long migrated and changed the ecologies of their new habitats. Yet, global warming and infrastructural developments enable new species not only to move to new places but to thrive there. As they proliferate and alter commons in the future, no matter the scale of eradication attempts, some will stay on and become endemic in their new habitats. This panel explores migrant species, ecologies and discourses on this phenomenon from anthropological and ethnographic perspectives, encouraging explorations that hold in abeyance normative notions of good or bad to engage critically with dominant biodiversity and nativism perspectives.

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Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -