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

(Sin)sentido Valparaíso: Miedo y propiedad privada

* por Gabriela Toledo y Pablo Sánchez.  El asesinato de 2 jóvenes en el contexto de una movilización estudiantil en Valparaíso (Chile) pone en evidencia, una vez más, las consecuencias de la supremacía de la propiedad privada sobre la que el estado de Chile descansa hace décadas. El pasado jueves 14 de mayo de 2015, … Continue reading (Sin)sentido Valparaíso: Miedo y propiedad privada

Brewing traditions: performing cultural authenticity around whaling

by Benedict Singleton* The use of an unusual ingredient in an Icelandic beer this year highlights the changing nature of tradition and culture. Some environmental conflicts involve traditional or cultural practices. In such circumstances, actors on both sides utilise a range of arguments about the authenticity of said practices. This is certainly the case in … Continue reading Brewing traditions: performing cultural authenticity around whaling

Environmental racism as state-sanctioned racial violence

By Emanuele Leonardi* & Santiago Gorostiza The scholar-activist Laura Pulido suggests that environmental racism is a structural form of violence sanctioned by the state, and provokes us to think of the state as a racialised entity whose agenda perpetuates racial violence and class domination. Internationally renowned scholar-activist Laura Pulido (University of Southern California) animated the … Continue reading Environmental racism as state-sanctioned racial violence

Bitter Lake and Waves of a Fever: Adam Curtis on chaos, complexity and crisis

by Jonah Wedekind Bitter Lake by Adam Curtis puts Afghanistan at the centre of global struggles over ideology, politics, and economy. The film tells a simple story about the political ecology of chaos, complexity and crisis, and about how politicians have lost their ability to tell simple stories that simply make sense. "Increasingly we live … Continue reading Bitter Lake and Waves of a Fever: Adam Curtis on chaos, complexity and crisis

Horses, bees and bodies: post-conference accounts from Lexington

Reflections from the Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) conference, one of the biggest annual gatherings in the field. This February, six of us from the ENTITLE network presented our work at the DOPE (Dimensions of Political Ecology) conference held at Kentucky University, Lexington. Creighton Connolly and myself organised a session on “Perceptions of Urban Environmental … Continue reading Horses, bees and bodies: post-conference accounts from Lexington

Framing “necessity” and whale-hunting in the Faroe Islands

by Benedict Singleton* Traditional whale-hunting practices are contested by animal welfare groups but may provide an alternative to the Islands' dependency on globalised food supply chains. Over the summer of 2014, the hottest topic on the Faroe Islands (an autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark) was the "grindadráp". Grindadráp is the traditional, community-based, opportunistic … Continue reading Framing “necessity” and whale-hunting in the Faroe Islands

Empty living: inhabiting the residues of Spain’s urbanisation tsunami

by Melissa Garcia Lamarca The bust of Spain’s real estate boom has left 3.4 million empty housing units across the country. By 'inhabiting' empty or unfinished housing units, Agustín Ortiz Herrera's Empty Living project underlines the contradictions and consequences of the housing boom and the frustrations generated by its failure. Over seven years ago, Spain’s … Continue reading Empty living: inhabiting the residues of Spain’s urbanisation tsunami