16. Mai – 17. Mai 2024
Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient
CALL FOR PAPERS
„Crops and their humans: Vegetal perspectives on agricultural mobilities”
16–17 May 2024, Leibniz Zentrum Moderner Orient
Deadline: 28 January 2024
Agricultural production currently relies on large numbers of people migrating to and from centresof production, particularly for work with plant crops. Meanwhile, displacement and mobility due to wars,development projects and land appropriations bring people in or out of agricultural work. Both flowsinstantiate new relationships with plants, however how plants make a difference to these movements, andhow displaced people’s relationships to plants evolve across their mobilities has been little considered inthe literature. The growing field of critical plant studies works alongside scholarship focused on migrationaround agriculture, but rarely connecting with it. With this workshop we explore whether greater attentionto vegetal lives provides opportunities to reconsider mobility related to agriculture, and vice versa.Thinking through the lenses of plant studies and the food-migration nexus, this exploratory workshop is interested in new understandings which may arise through dialogue across these perspectives. Questions to consider might include:
· To what extent can migrant labour be understood as entangled with plant labour in producing value?
· How can we understand power dynamics of these mobilities and plants’ position within them?
· How do human-plant relations transform in people’s places of origin, including the plant care work and maintenance of fields and gardens?
· How does knowledge of plants circulate with and between people on the move?
· How do vegetal life and its timescales shape and interact with human mobilities connected to agriculture?
· What are the tensions between care for people and care for plants in production settings?
· How is agricultural work gendered and racialized in connection to plant characteristics and needs?
· What outcomes do the affective and embodied encounters between plants and displaced people have in the context of agriculture and horticulture?
In the light of these questions this workshop invites scholars from the disciplines of anthropology, geography, history, ethnobotany, agri-food studies and all related fields to consider how people relate to plants in the contexts of displacement, seasonal work, and other agricultural mobilities. Particularly welcome are scholars from or working on Global South contexts. Discussions during the workshop will explore whether and how vegetal perspectives enhance understanding of these mobilities, seeking future lines of inquiry and collaboration.
· The workshop will take place at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin.
· Limited funds are available to cover associated travel and accommodation costs.
· Participants will be expected to submit full working papers before the workshop.
· Attendees will also participate in two larger discussion sessions on the themes that emerge from the papers, and contribute to a joint publication.
· Further information will be provided when a decision on selected abstracts is made after 18 February.
Please send your abstracts of 250 words and a short bio of 150 words to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 28 January 2024.
Cofion cynnes, Hannah Dr Hannah Pitt
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