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Re-thinking resilience through more-than-human entanglements 
Petr Gibas (Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences)
Karel Šima (Charles University in Prague)
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6 College Park (6CP), 0G/007
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Resilience has been employed but also critiqued across numerous disciplines. Against the backdrop of resilience understood as individualized and/or systemic, the panel seeks to critically engage with it through the prism of more-than-human entanglements and the dynamics these entail and reveal.

Long Abstract:

The concept of resilience has been employed but also critiqued across numerous disciplines, including anthropology as well as human geography, psychology and sociology. In spite of being coined in and taken up by from natural sciences and ecological/environmental studies, resilience is often thought of by social scientists as well as politicians and development practitioners through the prism of human individuals, communities and institutions on one hand, or social-ecological systems on the other. Against this backdrop, the panel seeks to open up novel avenues of critical engagement with the concept by more closely looking at the role of more-than-human agentic relationships and entanglements. As the role of non-humans as well as the more-than-human hybridity of the "human" and the "social" have been made evident - yet again - by the onset of the COVID19 pandemic and the exacerbation of climate change, more-than-human entanglements ever more importantly challenge our scholarly practice and engagement. The panel assembles contributions that creatively respond to the challenge while engaging critically with resilience. Can we productively employ nuanced exploration of more-than-human relations in which humans, communities and institutions are suspended and challenged to rethink resilience? Can the notion of resilience be mobilized to understand the ever-shifting dynamics of socio-natural relations when we are faced with profound and complex societal transformations and sudden as well as long-term crises and their impacts on a variety of scales? Or does our exploration of more-than-human entanglements in crises discard the concept of resilience in favour of other concepts?

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -