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P124


The Green Anthropocene? Transforming environments by transforming life 
Convenors:
Anna Krzywoszynska (Oulu University)
Erika Szymanski (Colorado State University)
Selen Eren (University of Oulu)
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Format:
Traditional Open Panel

Short Abstract:

This panel invites analyses of how creatures and environments are being transformed and reconstructed for the purposes of a “Green Anthropocene”. What systems and tools of valuation are employed in the remaking of other creatures (and relationships with them) to fuel sustainability transformations?

Long Abstract:

Nature-based solutions. The blue economy. Climate-smart agriculture. Increasingly, institutional responses to global environmental crises intensify management over other-than-humans to sustain certain visions of human well-being. We are witnessing a kind of “Green Anthropocene” in efforts to optimize environmental and ecological flows to sustain specific human goods (see e.g. the 2015 Ecomodernist Manifesto), transforming planetary life processes and humans’ roles in them.

In this panel, we seek empirical examples and conceptual analyses of how creatures and environments are being reconstructed through and for such sustainability transitions. Our intended focus is on the systems and tools of valuation employed in the remaking of other creatures (and more-than-human relationships with them) in the image of certain agendas and imaginaries.

This panel responds to recent reports about shifts from extractivist approaches to natural resources toward enrolling environments, ecosystems, and creatures into global challenges-focused agendas by valuing them in additional ways. Organisms and ecosystems are imagined to be not only manipulable, but transformable through specific interventions at molecular, cellular, organismal, ecological, and environmental levels. Other-than-humans are being enrolled as "the right organism” for new kinds of jobs in circular economies, carbon capture, sustainable land use, and similar undertakings. We aim to explore the extent to which existing logics of, e.g., geoengineering, genetic engineering, or environmental management are sufficient to describe these practices, and to build on prior analyses of how humans enroll creatures as laborers, collaborators, or service-providers. We hope to investigate what is being sustained in these sustainability transformations. In line with the conference theme, we ask: how can (and how do) STS analyses participate in these transformations? How can STS approaches articulate why these transformations matter beyond metrics used to judge one approach as more or less sustainable than another?

Accepted papers:

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