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Anth55


Pastoralists for future 
Convenors:
Echi Christina Gabbert
Jed Stevenson (Durham University)
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Chair:
Benedikt Kamski (Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute (ABI), University of Freiburg)
Discussant:
Asebe Regassa Debelo (University of Zurich)
Format :
Panel
Streams :
Anthropology (x) Law (x)
Sessions:
Friday 2 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

In this panel we aim to augment our joint store of knowledge about pastoralism in the twenty-first century by combining practice, knowledge, ontologies and philosophies rooted in sustainable writing and non-writing cultures to imagine parallel modes of existence beyond the modern/not modern divide

Long Abstract:

Pastoralists for Future

Pastoralists have long been depicted in divergent terms: as poor and vulnerable by some, as skilled and self-sufficient by others. However, their understanding of and being in the environment, and their highly adaptive way of living with and not only off the land may contribute substantively to the development of climate-friendly alternatives in food provisioning. Recognition of the example pastoralists provide for sustainable living in precarious environments may open up the possibility of parallel modes of existence beyond the modern/ not modern divide - an acceptance that makes mutually informed futuremaking possible.

This panel draws on the joint efforts of two networks spanning the Global South and North, the Lands of the Future Initiative (LOFI) and the Omo-Turkana Research Network (OTuRN). We aim to augment our joint store of knowledge about pastoralism in the twenty-first century by combining practice, knowledge, ontologhies and philosophies rooted in sustainable writing and non-writing cultures. Contributions will reflect on lessons from the past (including a tumultuous decade of contested developments in the Omo-Turkana region) and take stock of efforts to realise more food provision, well-being, sustainability and peace.

We ask for contributions that highlight features and voices of pastoralism that contribute to peaceful futuremaking in times of multiple crises, challenging modernist views on "land use" and "development" in Africa to rethink food provisioning by (agro-) pastoralists in the face of climate and ecological crises.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -