P44
Environmental engagement within and against of the State: tensions, contradictions, anomalies

Convenors:
Natalie Araujo (La Trobe University)
Nicholas Smith (La Trobe University)
Location:
Napier 108
Start time:
12 December, 2017 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Through a focus on environmental practice, management, and innovation, this panel examines the tensions, contradictions, and anomalies that exist in relation to strategic engagement within, across, and against the State.

Long abstract:

Focused on projects of environmental practice, management, and innovation, this panel examines the tensions, contradictions, and anomalies that exist in relation to strategic engagement within, across, and against the State. It seeks to unpack the leviathan of neoliberal statecraft by focusing on environmental strategies and projects around key themes of community, conservation, governance, and institutionalisation. Through this lens, the panel will explore contradictions of private and public in order to question how environmental management may counter neoliberal discourses, mimic statecraft, and/or compound and confound institutional layers and stratification. By focusing on issues of community cohesion, ecological sustainability, and financial viability, this panel questions who the state is and purports to be, and the extent to which the state impacts upon engagement with the biophysical environment. We invite papers from a range of environmental perspectives, geographic regions, and urban and rural orientations, including but not limited to those examining: • Indigenous land and sea management • The intra-group negotiation of environmental strategies • Strategies of conservation vs preservation • Responses to legislative and bureaucratic regimes • The role of development discourses in environmental projects • Mining and extractive practices • The impact of self-regulation • Urban agriculture