22. September – 25. September 2021
3rd SIAC Conference Future: Anthropologies of the Future, the Future of Anthropology, which will be held in Rome on 22–25 September 2021.
We welcome proposals for the panel Communities and the relation with the rural environment: post-pandemic resilient perspectives in agriculture (see abstract below) at the 3rd SIAC Conference Future: Anthropologies of the Future, the Future of Anthropology, which will be held in Rome on 22–25 September 2021. https://www.siacantropologia.it/panel-en/
Submit a proposal: https://www.siacantropologia.it/call-for-papers/
Deadline: 14 June 2021
*** P41: Communities and the relation with the rural environment: post-pandemic resilient perspectives in agriculture ***
Marta Villa (Università di Trento),
Federico Bigaran (già Direttore Ufficio Produzioni Biologiche Provincia di Trento), Alessandra Guigoni (Consultant at FLAG SSO)
Discussant: Francesca Forno (Università di Trento)
Language: Italiano e inglese
Keywords: Agro-ecology, Landscape, Rural Anthropology, Resilience, Postpandemic agriculture
The Covid19 pandemic has shown that the environmental crisis is having dramatic effects on communities of the living. The globality of phenomena makes evident the fragility of systems, the growth of social inequalities and the emergence of new forms of poverty. The degradation and destruction of entire ecosystems have seriously compromised the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and is showing us the links that exist between our health and the health of ecosystems. The transition towards agro-ecological production models requires a rethinking of the roles and functions of spaces (urban, peri-urban, rural) and of the communities that inhabit them. The landscape, understood as a living space that interacts with ecosystems, becomes the place of formation and negotiation of relationships and meanings. The growing expansion of urban areas and the abandonment of marginal areas has compressed the spaces and the different species coexist in increasingly narrow areas where the different needs add up that undermine the bearing capacity of the territory. The ecological components of a landscape influence agricultural production, rethought in relation to its impact and the quality and healthiness of the products. The pandemic has shown new attention from the population towards their health and nutrition. The communities, forcibly closed in their territories, have reinterpreted their environments, relations with other species and groups of citizens have asked for greater attention to the healthiness of the territories (referendum to encourage biodistricts, strengthening of solidarity buying groups, training and information activities ). How can the relationship between agricultural production and land be reconfigured? What spaces can agriculture occupy and in what way? What model of interdependence developed during the pandemic and will emerge in the future? Are there models in agriculture that allow a new relationship between human beings, living species and the territory and which are not impacting? Are there solutions adapted from the past that can provide new food for thought to reshape the relationship between man-made spaces and natural spaces? Are there theoretical approaches and practical applications of the same that allow the creation of new relationships of trust between producers, consumers and communities? Communities and farmers are showing innovative forms of resilience and researchers (anthropologists, sociologists, historians) are investigating these research fields that show applicative answers to the issues raised by the climate and health crisis. Our proposal would like to discuss case studies documenting research done during the Phase 1 lockdown or the subsequent period (Phase 2 and current), showing the success or failure of adaptation practices to the current situation, and allowing for broad reflection on the possibility to rethink the dialogic relationships with the environment.