ZHGK – Lecture Mara Goldman ||| Crossing Borders, Enacting Nature: A look at Conservation Politics in East Africa

Dienstag, 25. April 2017, 16:00 Uhr bis 17:00 Uhr

This lecture focuses on the important role played by boundaries (material and conceptual, ecological and social, epistemological and ontological) in the making of conservation landscapes, and the boundary crossings that are always also occurring, enacting new conservation possibilities. Boundaries are drawn and enacted to separate nature from society, science from other ways of knowing, and 'Western" and 'Indigenous" ways of being in the world. I propose a move away from discussions of boundary blurring, long prevalent in nature-society geography, towards a focus on boundaries themselves, and boundary crossing activities. This means paying attention to the new relations and entities conservation borders create, and the border-crossings they necessitate. It means looking at how borders are crossed, interrogated, ignored, and otherwise transformed on the ground through ecological and social processes, and with what effects. From a political ecology and feminist STS lens, I draw on empirical work with Maasai in Tanzania and Kenya to present personal narratives and ecological data on border crossing, and my own border-crossing activities in research and writing.

MitMara Goldman, Professor of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder
Ort Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 ZĂĽrich
Raum: Y 25 H 79
VeranstalterGeography, Space & Organization (S&O)
Geography, Political Geography (PGG)
Geography, Economic Geography (WGG)
Geographisches Institut, UZH
Geography, Human Geography (HGG)
KontaktRegina Kohler (Mail)