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Bio-geo-graphy: landscape, dwelling and the political ecology of human-animal relations

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  • UserDr. Maan Barua, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • ClockTuesday 27 May 2014, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseSeminar Room.

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The relation between the bio and the geo has been amongst geography’s most enduring concerns. This paper contributes to ongoing attempts in human geography to politicize the dynamics and distribution of life. Drawing upon postcolonial environmental history, animal ecology and more-than-human geography, the paper examines how humans and elephants cohabit with and against the grain of cartographic design. Through fieldwork in northeast India, it develops a ‘dwelt political ecology’ that reanimates landscape as a dwelt achievement whilst remaining sensitive to postcolonial histories and subaltern concerns. The paper conceptualizes and deploys a methodology of ‘tracking’ through which archival material, elephant ecology and voices of the marginalized can be integrated and mapped. It concludes by discussing the implications of this work for fostering new conversations between more-than-human geography and subaltern political ecology.

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