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Troubled Knowledge: Health, Harm and the Environment in late Industrialism

Datum
25. Okto­ber – 28. Okto­ber 2022 

We wish to dis­cuss in how far anthro­po­log­i­cal meth­ods pro­vide the nec­es­sary time and depth to fur­ther knowl­edge on expe­ri­ences and rela­tions through which grow­ing lev­els of tox­i­c­i­ty, pol­lu­tion, and atmos­pher­ic warm­ing man­i­fest as health is-sues, as well as to under­stand the con­tro­ver­sial and infor­mal forms of knowl­edge pro­duc­tion that sur­round this


DGSKA (Deutsche Gesel­len­schaft für Sozial- und Kul­tur­an­thro­polo­gie) con­fer­ence in Munich (25–28 July 2023).

The Call for Paper runs until 15 Decem­ber 2022. Please con­sid­er sub­mit­ting an abstract and cir­cu­late widely.

Trou­bled Knowl­edge: Health, Harm and the Envi­ron­ment in late Indus­tri­al­ism (Work­shop)

Jan­i­na Kehr and Gior­gio Brocco 

 

Over the last decades, a grow­ing num­ber of schol­ars in the nat­ur­al and social sci­ences have shown the dev­as­tat­ing health effects of envi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion on humans and oth­er liv­ing beings. Hydro­car­bon extrac­tion, chem­i­cal pol­lu­tants with­in exten­sive plan­ta­tion regimes as well as the envi­ron­men­tal effects of glob­al sup­ply-chains are only some exam­ples of con­tem­po­rary eco­nom­ic, indus­tri­al, agri­cul­tur­al and med­ical activ­i­ties, which are deeply gen­dered and racial­ized. All this has con­tributed to envi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion, the break­down of bio­log­i­cal and social sys­tems as well as the increase of chron­ic health prob­lems, hit­ting par­tic­u­lar­ly the most pre­car­i­ous, in both the Glob­al South and North. While numer­ous pub­lic actors cor­rob­o­rate the valid­i­ty of such knowl­edge, oth­er actors, how­ev­er, con­test not only the inter­twine­ments between envi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion and health issues but also its anthropogenesis.

We wish to dis­cuss in how far anthro­po­log­i­cal meth­ods pro­vide the nec­es­sary time and depth to fur­ther knowl­edge on expe­ri­ences and rela­tions through which grow­ing lev­els of tox­i­c­i­ty, pol­lu­tion, and atmos­pher­ic warm­ing man­i­fest as health is-sues, as well as to under­stand the con­tro­ver­sial and infor­mal forms of knowl­edge pro­duc­tion that sur­round this. There­fore, we ask: Through which knowl­edge prac­tices do eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal actors try to obfus­cate the con­nec­tions between pol­lu­tion, tox­i­c­i­ties and human and more-than-human dis­ease? Which role does anthro­po­log­i­cal knowl­edge play in ongo­ing debates about the health effects of late indus­tri­al­ism? How do peo­ple and activists on the ground pro­duce and spread de-colo­nial, anti-ableist, par­tic­i­pa­to­ry and col­lab­o­ra­tive knowl­edge about the rela­tions between health and envi­ron­ments? In which ways do dai­ly liv­ing expe­ri­ences, that anthro­po­log­i­cal knowl­edge is based on, chal­lenge and com­pli­cate exist­ing causative mod­els about the dis/juncture between envi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion and health effects in human afterlives?

 

janina.kehr@univie.ac.at

giorgio.brocco@univie.ac.at

 

Please send a text of max. 200 words direct­ly to the work­shop orga­niz­ers. Dead­line: 15 Decem­ber 2022