Weaving musical spaces of indigenous resistance for environmental justice

By Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares* The author proposes a journey to explore environmental justice movements through music amongst indigenous peoples from all over the world. Environmental protest songs enact different ways of telling that can connect ecological, political, spiritual and place-based meanings of environmental issues in  unanticipated ways. Through history, protest songs have shown to be a … Continue reading Weaving musical spaces of indigenous resistance for environmental justice

Xingu, the clamor coming from the forest in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival

By Barbara Arisi & Felipe Milanez * Much to the chagrin of ranchers and agribusiness, one of Rio de Janeiro’s popular samba schools, Imperatriz Leopoldinense, is making visible the terrible consequences of agribusiness and hydropower dams on the Xingu Indigenous Park in this year’s Carnival. It’s the biggest party on earth. The greatest multitude of … Continue reading Xingu, the clamor coming from the forest in Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival

How’s that for an ending? A political ecology of apocalypse

By Jonathan Coward* Warnings over climate change are often dressed in the language of apocalypse, but is well-intentioned alarmism having the required effect? “Suddenly there is an earthquake. Suddenly the sea floods the city, pouring down through the mouths into the corridors of council and institute and short-circuiting everything... How’s that for an ending?” “These … Continue reading How’s that for an ending? A political ecology of apocalypse

Encountering Arturo Escobar

By Isabella M. Radhuber* Workshops were recently held in Barcelona with Arturo Escobar to discuss two of his key texts. Isabella shares some important reflections on the social and political role of researchers, what it means to place oneself as an academic and how we, more broadly, understand and relate with the world. I felt … Continue reading Encountering Arturo Escobar

Using art to study and communicate socio-environmental change in areas of land grabbing

By Emma Li Johansson* Art in research is a powerful tool to evoke feelings and actions beyond academia. This researcher set out to see what is possible when mixing research with artistic ways of expression. A picture says more than a thousand words, they say. Which is why art is a good way to inform … Continue reading Using art to study and communicate socio-environmental change in areas of land grabbing

An archive of motion: how objects find their meaning

By Marc Herbst* A reflection on how meaning is organised in relation to objects gathered at recent climate events. Or, how things stay in motion until the system changes. Ultimately, it was because the interior of the Paris COP21 Summit’s conference hall looked similar to the train I’d arrived on that it took quite a … Continue reading An archive of motion: how objects find their meaning

Upcoming in Stockholm: International Conference “Undisciplined Environments”

Around 400 scholars, activists and artists will gather in Stockholm from 20th to 24th March to discuss the possibilities for a political ecology beyond disciplinary boundaries. The conference will be a place for intercultural exchanges on Indigenous ecologies and resistance. The ENTITLE Blog collective will be reporting on some of the main events.  The European Network … Continue reading Upcoming in Stockholm: International Conference “Undisciplined Environments”

Langtang: Reflections on the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

By Austin Lord*. The tragedy at Langtang is a prism that reflects the risks and pressures experienced more broadly by mountain communities across Nepal. [This article was first published on 14 October 2015 in Cultural Anthropology as part of the series Aftershocked: Reflections on the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal.] Some forty-nine days after the earthquake … Continue reading Langtang: Reflections on the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

The feelings of a Turk (or a Greek): Mustafa, or the emotional and the political

by Christos Zografos* An unexpected meeting during a fieldtrip forges connections across the border, stirs historical memories, and stimulates reflections about dispossession, mobilisation and the relevance of the emotional in political ecology. It’s a June midday, and the sun is burning hot on my head. We have come to the small village of Yeniköy, an … Continue reading The feelings of a Turk (or a Greek): Mustafa, or the emotional and the political