Our session brings together interrogations of the shared history of anthropological and geographical political ecology engagements, and explores future uses, relevance, and next steps of political ecology for research into contemporary socio-environmental relations in food systems.
Political ecology as a theoretical framework and approach is used by both anthropologists and geographers to critically explore a range of questions addressing human-environment relations, governance and governmentality, resource use and control, and power and agency. Our session brings together interrogations of the shared history of anthropological and geographical political ecology engagements, and explores future mutual interests for the uses, relevance, and potential next steps of political ecology with regards to contemporary socio-environmental relations in food systems. What is missing in our understanding of the ways political ecology emerged and has developed over time? How can political ecology be applied to diverse and emerging food-community-environment cross-disciplinary research in the Anthropocene? What can anthropologists and geographers learn from each other in terms of the ways we apply, interpret, and critique political ecology approaches, analyses, and arguments? What is missing, and what are the potentially fruitful next steps in engaging with complex, messy, food system issues and questions in diverse cultural and social contexts? Using a format of individual talks followed by discussion with both anthropologists and geographers, this session aims to generate engagements across different networks.