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(Staying with) post-anthropocentric landscape in and beyond ethnology: breaking the status quo [SIEF Working Group on Space-lore and Place-lore] 
Convenors:
Petr Gibas (Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences)
Karolina Pauknerova (Charles University)
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Stream:
Posthumanism
Format:
Panel
Sessions:
Wednesday 23 June, 14:00-15:45 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

Anthropocene has made us more aware of the limitations of anthropocentric prism. Landscape can offer us one tool to re-work our anthropocentric pre-conceptions. This panel calls for contributions exploring changing landscapes that allows us to question the status quo.

Long Abstract

Landscape represents a widely used, often ambiguous and at times contested concept employed across a number of disciplines. It is a dynamic and multi-layered concept with different scholars emphasising its various facets due to its descriptive as well as theoretical salience. Anthropocene has made us more aware of the limitations of anthropocentric prism in social sciences and humanities. Landscape can offer us one tool to re-work our anthropocentric pre-conceptions by connecting us to the very material, more-than-human milieu we (co-)inhabit, (co-)create and research.

What makes landscape distinctive both conceptually and empirically is its certain plasticity. In disciplines preoccupied with the human we see the growing emphasis on an explicit empirical as well as conceptual engagement with non-/more-than-human. Although the plasticity of the conceptualisation(s) of landscape can be seen as a weak spot with other concepts having been pushed to the fore instead (e.g. space and spacing, assemblage), in our panel, we propose to stay with "landscape" and use its plasticity for an exploration of the changing world in which we find ourselves.

This panel calls for contributions exploring changing landscapes including liminal, peripheral, post-military, post-industrial and other that allows us to question the status quo and explore its changes. We want to encourage discussion on topics including:

- (accelerating) changes to past and present landscapes

- growing emphasis on an explicit engagement with non-/more-than-human

- modes of scholarly exploration (empirical research, conceptual and theoretical engagement, methodological concerns)

We aim at drawing together empirical, methodological, theoretical and experimental contributions.

Accepted papers: