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This panel brings anthropologists and geographers into dialogue about how we can productively make use of (re)scaling both as object of analysis and a methodological device to explore how the Anthropocene is experienced, contested and negotiated across multiple settings.
The Anthropocene has been described as a profoundly 'scalar project' (Hecht 2018), in which (inter)personal, local, regional, national, global, and planetary scales constantly emerge and collapse. Emerging from social, cultural, economic, technopolitical, and scholarly processes, scales are mutable, function discursively yet have material effects: they reveal and conceal; they support political claims; and they both define and defy disciplinary boundaries.
This panel brings anthropologists and geographers into dialogue about how a focus on scale can produce more nuanced understandings about the Anthropocene and enrich different disciplinary perspectives. Concretely, we ask: how we can productively make use of (re)scaling both as object of analysis and a methodological device to explore how the Anthropocene is experienced, contested and negotiated across multiple settings? How can (re)scaling help anthropology to bring its traditional focus on the local to engage with the planetary? How does the Anthropocene reconfigure relations between the human and the non-human at multiple levels? How can such a rescaling be mindful of the conceit of the Anthropos as a universal subject position (Nixon 2017), and bring decolonial, feminist and queer analyses into its understanding (Davis and Todd 2017)? What distinctive tools and perspectives can more-than-human geography and multi-species ethnography bring to these questions?
We are particularly interested in papers that sit at the intersection of anthropology and geography and address the question of (re)scaling in the Anthropocene. Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):
Engagements with non-human others
Toxicities and waste