“Namami Brahmaputra”: Worshipping a river, ignoring its materialities

By Mitul Baruah* The Brahmaputra river in Northeast India means many different things to the diverse communities in the region – their lifeline, recurrent and destructive flooding and erosion – but by most it is not considered holy. Mitul Baruah reflects on the anti-politics of recent attempts to Hinduize the river, which divorce it from … Continue reading “Namami Brahmaputra”: Worshipping a river, ignoring its materialities

The Banality of the Anthropocene

By Heather Anne Swanson* There are plenty of troubling things about the Anthropocene, but one of its most troubling dimensions is the sheer number of people it fails to trouble. In response, we need to trouble the Anthropocene's banality, argues Heather Ann Swanson. I want to propose an Anthropocene territorialization and a subject-making project in … Continue reading The Banality of the Anthropocene

Mining, water appropriation and latent conflicts

What if environmental conflicts do not manifest themselves? The Cobre Las Cruces mining company has managed to access and control common water resources thanks to a top-down, technocratic version of science, which silences social conflict.* The empirical case of the use of water resources in the Cobre Las Cruces mining project (CLC) demonstrates the importance … Continue reading Mining, water appropriation and latent conflicts

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

Why is Bolivian mining still irresponsible?

A recently published study explores the reasons why the socio-environmental implications of mining have not improved under Evo Morales. Mining activities entail serious social and environmental impacts, which are well known to local communities in Bolivia. That is why many of these communities were excited about the adoption of indigenous and community rights, environmental protection principles and … Continue reading Why is Bolivian mining still irresponsible?

The Sun Rises – TOMORROW

By Alevgul Sorman* and David Merlaut** A review of the documentary Demain (Tomorrow). An enchanting journey about confronting challenges for transforming the dominant narratives in our society. Amidst doomsday documentaries depicting irreversible ecological destruction and the collapse of our social fabric, the team behind the documentary Demain embarked on a different mission. Instead of a frustrating … Continue reading The Sun Rises – TOMORROW

Nancy Peluso on Maids and other Mobile Subjects: Remaking Forests and Agrarian Environments in Indonesia

By Nancy Peluso* Reflections on the everyday dimensions of landscape production, agrarian transformation and the movement of capital that take place through the migrations and mobilities of landless women from the mountains of East Java. This text is an abridged version of the keynote lecture given by Nancy Peluso at the Undisciplined Environments conference, organised … Continue reading Nancy Peluso on Maids and other Mobile Subjects: Remaking Forests and Agrarian Environments in Indonesia

Whose game is it anyway? Critical reflections on anti-poaching narratives

by Benedict Singleton* We need to find or create media narratives that don’t depend on shock and crisis. Designating particular hunting practices as poaching is an inherently political act, which is not always simple or just. ‘Hunting the elephant hunters’ was the title of an email I received recently. It invited me to contribute money … Continue reading Whose game is it anyway? Critical reflections on anti-poaching narratives

Libre acceso a los artículos de la revista Ecología Política nº48 (2014): Cartografía y conflictos

Se ha liberado el acceso a la revista Ecología Política nº48 (2014), dedicada a la cartografía y el mapeo de conflictos socioambientales. Adjuntamos vínculos a todos los artículos de la revista en PDF. EDITORIAL  Marta Conde, Leah Temper, Mariana Walter Los mapas no solo representan el mundo, lo recrean y transforman nuestro entendimiento del mismo … Continue reading Libre acceso a los artículos de la revista Ecología Política nº48 (2014): Cartografía y conflictos

“At least it is one step forward”: A dispatch from COP21

by Ethemcan Turhan* It is high time that political ecology problematizes the corporate show from the inside out and reclaims its well-deserved status in these meetings. It is an interesting feeling to be at a multilateral environmental conference that gathers 20.000 accredited participants, 6.000 police for security checks, 3.000 journalists and is told to be … Continue reading “At least it is one step forward”: A dispatch from COP21