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Enabling just ecological transitions: mobilising sacred knowledges and cosmologies to address polycrisis 
Anastasia Badder (University of Cambridge)
Fatima Ajia (Glasgow Caledonian University)
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Thursday 18 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The socioecological polycrisis of climate change, resource mismanagement, and inequality demands a transition rooted in diverse concepts of humanity and justice. We explore relations between varied socioecological practices and cosmologies to reimagine principles and practices for just transition.

Long Abstract:

Averting the sixth mass extinction and ensuring a just transition requires urgently addressing the socioecological polycrisis of climate change, resource mismanagement, infrastructural failures, and inequality, using principles and practices rooted in diverse conceptions of humanity, community, and justice.

Recent environmental crises demonstrate that the bureaucratic language dominating climate change discourse is unable to harness the diversity in local value systems, ecological practices, and climate-positive cosmologies. Biases in understandings of intersecting crises continue to marginalise worldviews and practices that challenge Eurocentric universalism.

Fundamental to addressing these deficiencies is the exploration of synergies between socioecological practices and cosmologies, which we interpret broadly to include religious, indigenous, traditional, and other worldviews.

Centring religious and spiritual life as essential to just transitions, this panel explores ways of worldmaking that might undo universalistic responses to crisis and reimagine assemblages of epistemic communities and actions to tackle the current polycrisis. We ask:

- What are the existing or emerging alliances between different epistemic and moral communities, and how do their demands intersect climate justice with identity and social justice?

- What could the project of enabling pluriversal ecologies look like as a practice or method in anthropology?

- How might anthropology help reassemble relations between diverse actors to attend to the religious and spiritual practices that are essential to achieving a just transition?

We invite papers exploring these and related questions based on ethnographic studies of the value systems, cosmologies and political-ecological narratives that shape life worlds, particularly of people at the forefront of ecological breakdown.

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -