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Untangling ecologies of planetary care: expertise and knowledge-making in multi-species worlds 
Christian Ritter (Karlstad University)
Tarmo Pikner (Tallinn University)
Rajesh Sharma (University of Tartu, Estonia)
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Combined Format Open Panel

Short Abstract:

Facilitating critical reflections on sustainable livelihoods within multi-species assemblages, this panel brings together STS scholars who examine expertise practices and knowledge-making within ecologies of planetary care.

Long Abstract:

As threads to planetary habitability are intensifying and diversifying, ecologies of planetary care unfold across multiple scales, such as local communities of practice, landscapes, and globalized expert systems. Facilitating manifold critical reflections on sustainable livelihoods within multi-species assemblages, this panel aims to bring together STS scholars who assess, among other things, visions for post-fossil futures or practices of environmental care. Ecological approaches to expertise practices foreground the design of environments and landscapes within translocal regimes of knowledge-making (e.g., Tsing, 2015). Landscapes comprise interlocking components, such as mountains, valleys, rivers, plants, sensory technologies, mediated place images, oceans, animals and humans, which engage with one another in complex relations (de la Cadena, 2015; Povinelli, 2021). Care obligations for components of landscapes are constructed and reimagined in situated contexts (Mody, 2020). The construction of knowledge on ongoing planetary crises and environmental protection is embedded in far-reaching expert systems and ethical regimes (Ong, 2005). Landscape experts, such as rangers, conservationists, gardeners, indigenous leaders and climate advocates, are entangled in various imaginaries and publics (Marres, 2012; Callison, 2014). Discourses on sustainable livelihoods are shaped by scientific knowledge about ecosystems, preservation and climate change. Anthropogenic imaginaries describe how the Anthropocene is discursively produced while perpetuating forms of ecological inclusion and exclusion (Mostafanezhad & Norum, 2019).

This panel invites traditional and experimental contributions to enhance understandings of planetary care: How are colonial legacies of landscapes negotiated between local communities and experts? Which tactics do indigenous communities develop to secure their livelihoods? How does the implementation of AI technologies transform the conditions for articulating knowledge about planetary care in more-than-human worlds? How have science disciplines historically conceptualized environmental protection and care? To what extent does research into ecologies of planetary care require new methodologies?

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