CfP Resisting Nature: European Imperial Projects and the Limits of Environmental Knowledge

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Location: 
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies

CfP: ASEH

Transformations: Reckoning, Resistance, Reparations

American Society of Environmental History

(Boston March 22-26, 2023)

 

We are seeking scholars interested in joining the panel described below for the upcoming meeting of the American Society of Environmental History (Boston March 22-26, 2023). Please email us a short abstract of your proposed contribution by July 1, 2022 at acagliot@barnard.edu and lehmann@ucr.edu . The deadline for panel submissions is July 15, 2022.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

 

Angelo Caglioti (Barnard College, Columbia University)

Philipp Lehmann (UC Riverside)

Panel Description

Resisting Nature: European Imperial Projects and the Limits of Environmental Knowledge  

This panel explores the limits of colonial projects, whose plans and propositions often ran up against environmental realities and human resistance. By definition, colonial environments were contested epistemological and material sites whose ecologies were the fault line of conflict and violence. All colonial empires shared the goal of transforming natural environments to fit their own economic interests and cultural imaginaries. Yet they also triggered processes of reckoning and resistance. Colonial societies confronted the colonizers with their own epistemic regimes and material knowledge. Non-human actors, ranging from animals to epidemic diseases, escaped Europeans’ control and sabotaged their enterprises. Foreign climates remained a shifting and unpredictable challenge for any project of environmental management by colonial states. This confrontation produced migrations, epidemics, epizootics, catastrophic environmental failures, state breakdowns, and violence. In short, this panel focuses on the cultural, material, and ecological conflict embodied in colonial contexts and examines the role of imperial environmental knowledge in shaping the colonial project and its breakdown.

 

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Angelo Caglioti (Barnard College, Columbia University)

Philipp Lehmann (UC Riverside)

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