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Critical social scientists have done important work on the hegemony of parks -- the inequities they generate, mediate, and conceal. This panel speaks to mostly unrealized potential for bringing their critiques in conversation with other territories and ways of caring for more than human worlds.
Critical social scientists (especially Anthropologists and Geographers) have done important work on the hegemony of parks -- and the inequities they generate, mediate, and conceal. Related parks and people debates are accordingly a major theme in the conceptual framing of this conference. Paradoxically, however, these debates may actually strengthen the aforementioned hegemony by fixing on parks and people.
This panel considers the largely unrealized potential of putting these kinds of conservation critiques in conversation with other kinds of territories and ways of caring for more than human worlds. More precisely, it is concerned with ways in which Anthropology, and Conservation, can be brought into better relations with networks and movements for social and environmental justice, against racism and in support of indigenous sovereignty. Accordingly, it simultaneously concerns related initiatives for more than human community flourishing at diverse scales and locales. These possibiliities will necessarily be considered against the fraught contradictions of Anthropology colonial roots (a feature is shares with conservation and parks) and its leadership in grounded theory and collaborative research.