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P213


Soil repair: remediations and relationalities after extractive industries 
Convenors:
Susanne Bauer (University of Oslo)
Nora S. Vaage (NTNU)
Daniel Münster (University of Oslo)
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Format:
Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

In this panel we will jointly examine how soil practitioners and scientists have carried out and imagined ways of restoring depleted soils. We conceptualize soil not as natural resource to be exploited, but as “anthropogenic” – as dynamic natural-cultural composition responsive to human care.

Long Abstract:

In this panel we will jointly examine how soil practitioners and scientists have carried out and imagined ways of restoring depleted soils. We conceptualize soil not as natural resource to be exploited, but as “anthropogenic” – as dynamic natural-cultural composition responsive to human care.

The panel focuses on soil repair as a mode of making and doing transformations. We invite contributions on soil recuperation, soil ecologies, soil remediation, soil commons, and soil aesthetics. Specific research themes can include, but are not limited to:

- Practices of soil repair after industrial agriculture or pollution

- Soils as living multispecies ecologies responsive to human care

- Bioremediation experiments - anchored in technoscience, communities, or arts - with toxic, radioactive, or depleted soils

- Proposals for reimagining soils in technoscience, agriculture, literature, and the arts.

We aim to jointly work on conceptualizing anthropogenic soils through:

- Histories and praxiographies of knowing and doing soils

- Close-up studies of practices of soil recuperation after industrial pollution, fallout, mining, or intensive agriculture.

- Artistic research and practice-based experiments in doing soils otherwise

- Speculative approaches for reimagining soil health, soil commons, and soil futures.

We welcome contributions that engage with soil relationalities on site, including formats of practice-based and artistic research. The panel will be organized experimentally. Contributors are asked to submit papers or essays in advance, which will be presented by commentators followed by a discussion with the author.

The panel is coordinated by members of the interdisciplinary project “Anthropogenic Soils. Recuperating Human-Soil Relationships on a Troubled Planet (SOILS)”, funded by the Norwegian Research Council and University of Oslo.

Accepted contributions: