CSPS Session at RGS-IBG | Calamitous ‘events’? Exploring perceptions of disaster timeframes | 28/29 August 2019 | Convenors: Robert Coates and Jeroen Warner

Calamitous ‘events’? Exploring perceptions of disaster timeframes | 28/29 August 2019 @ The 2019  Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference | Notions of temporality lie at the heart of the idea of disaster, with lived ‘events’ underpinned by the existential experience of trauma or abnormality across a defined human population (Perry, 2007; Quarantelli, 1985). Yet what [...]

Exhibition | Other (food) + (art) economies are possible!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 15:00-17:00 | Impulse You are invited to a public exhibition on arts-based methods and diverse (food) economies. The exhibition features artefacts and collective outputs created during a three day workshop exploring the role of art and arts-based methods in expanding our economic and political imaginaries. Our work together is informed [...]

Special Issue | Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) on transnational medical travel

New special issue available! Neil Lunt and Meghann Ormond have co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) on transnational medical travel that came out online first on 11 May 2019. Contributions were first presented as papers at the 2016 Academic Conference on International Medical Travel and Cross-Border Healthcare in [...]

New article | A harbour on land: De Ceuvel’s topologies of creative reuse | by Iulian Barba Lata, et al.

In this paper we explore creative reuse as a critical and imaginative mode of urban practice. By engaging with the case of De Ceuvel, an experimental community located in Amsterdam Noord, we submit three main affordances of creative reuse. Reuse value is accordingly discussed in relation to (a) abandonment, (b) the co-constitutive character of experimentation, [...]

Course Announcement | Critical Gender Studies in the Life Sciences domains

Tuesday September 10, 2019 until Thursday October 17, 2019 Today, research in the life sciences done to support sustainable development is increasingly interdisciplinary and demands better understanding of roles of gender and other differences, such as race and colonial history. This course directly enables participants to develop, operationalize and integrate a critical gender framework into [...]

Announcement | The ‘Roots Guide: The Dutch Stories’ project receives a National Geographic Society grant

Haarlem, 18 June 2019. The National Geographic Society has awarded a grant to Roots Guide: The Dutch Stories, an educational social inclusion project taking the form of an interactive travel guidebook. Roots Guide is based on the 'Travel Faraway at Home' concept developed in 2015 byPocket Stories, a non-profit organisation which aims to broaden our understanding [...]

Seminar | Health in all policies – creating a healthy living environment

July 15th, 2019 | 15.00 - 16.30 | Leeuwenborch, room 72 The Green Carpet: an integrated infrastructural project plan Nicole Stappers (Maastricht University) | For decades, the city of Maastricht was crossed by a highway causing traffic and liveability issues in the adjacent neighbourhoods. To solve these issues, an integrated infrastructural project plan was designed and executed: the [...]

Conference | On the Nature-of-Things: New Technologies and Environmental Governance

July 2nd, 2019 | 09:00 – 17:00 | Leeuwenborch C62 | Organised by Karen Bakker (University of British Columbia) and Bram Büscher (Wageningen University) The Digital Age has entailed the rapid expansion of disruptive technologies. Over the last decade, we have seen a rapid development of new, integrated and Internet based technologies, especially related to [...]

Research Seminar | Conservation Conflicts: Perspectives & Implications

June 25th, 2018 | 3 - 5pm | Lumen 1 Steve Redpath | An ecologist in conflict | Abstract: My work has focused on conflicts that emerge over the management and conservation of species around the world. I will give a couple of examples and explore how these conflicts are described. I will consider stakeholder and researcher [...]

CSPS PhD Event | Coral Whispers: Scientists on the brink | with Irus Braverman

June 20th | 13:30 - 15:30 | Leeuwenborch 63 | Lunch provided CSPS would like to invite PhD students to a late lunch and discussion with Irus Braverman. In conjunction with the annual lecture, the event will be a relaxed space for students to engage with Dr Braverman on her work on Coral Whispers. The [...]

Invitation | Wisdom and Wonder Movie Talks | with Prof. Dr. Maria Koelen/ Sacro GRA

June 18, 2019 | 20:30 | Herenstraat Theater Maria will introduce the documentary SACRO GRA, made by Gianfranco Rosi in 2013. This film is about people who live near the autostrada  A90, the big ring road around Rome. It is a voyeuristic view in everyday live and shows how people manage their life in different [...]

Blog | “But You Are Also Ghanaian, You Should Know”: the iceberg illusion and the story of a research article | by Dr. Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong

New Blog from GEO’s Dr. Emmanuel Akwasi Adu – Ampong

This paper has finally seen the light of day through sheer hard graft. It feels almost like a pyrrhic victory but that is the nature of the process sometimes. I am nonetheless happy to share the news of this published co-authored journal article . Thanks to my man Ellis for keeping us going through the valleys until this point. You can access it through this link… When I think of this particular research article, the metaphorical image that comes to my mind is that of an iceberg – you only see the tip on the surface while missing the bigger piece in the water. This has been characterised as ‘The Iceberg Illusion”. What people get to see as ‘success’ is that the paper is published but what they might not see is the sweaty details beneath. I thought it will be good to recount some of these sweaty details in order to open up this ‘black box’… 

Read the entire blog here and the corresponding article.

The Unplanned PhD Planner

This paper has finally seen the light of day through sheer hard graft. It feels almost like a pyrrhic victory but that is the nature of the process sometimes. I am nonetheless happy to share the news of this published co-authored journal article . Thanks to my man Ellis for keeping us going through the valleys until this point. You can access it through this link…

“But You Are Also Ghanaian, You Should Know”: Negotiating the Insider–Outsider Research Positionality in the Fieldwork Encounter 

but you are also ghanaian

When I think of this particular research article, the metaphorical image that comes to my mind is that of an iceberg – you only see the tip on the surface while missing the bigger piece in the water. This has been characterised as ‘The Iceberg Illusion”. What people get to see as ‘success’ is that the paper is published but what they might not see is the sweaty…

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Lecture | ‘Climate Change and the Voiceless: Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources’ | By Randall S. Abate

Friday | June 21th | 16:00 - 17:30 | Leeuwenborch C81 Future generations, wildlife, and natural resources – collectively referred to as “the voiceless” in this presentation – are the most vulnerable and least equipped populations to protect themselves from the impacts of global climate change. Domestic and international law protections are beginning to recognize [...]

CSPS ANNUAL LECTURE | Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the brink | by Irus Braverman

| Thursday, June 20 4:00 PM-6:00 PM | Leeuwenborch C63 | drinks in restaurant afterwards Coral Whisperers captures a critical moment in the history of coral reef science. Gleaning insights from over one hundred interviews with leading scientists and conservation managers, Irus Braverman documents a community caught in an existential crisis and alternating between despair and [...]

Lecture | Forest becomes frontline: Conservation and Counter-Insurgency in a space of violent conflict in Assam, Northeast India | By Anwesha Dutta

| May 20th 12:00 - 13:00 | Leeuwenborch C62 AbstractUsing the case of the Ecological Task Force (ETF) of the Indian Army as an entry point, I expand on existing conceptual and theoretical views on green militarization and violent environments in the context of poaching and national parks. I situate this within the broader literature on [...]

Presentation | “The potential of green programs for the rehabilitation of young employees with burnout: a salutogenic approach”

Roald Pijpker (PhD Candidate at Health & Society/Rural Sociology) |Moestuin in Utrecht | April 30th, 9.30-13.00 Roald Pijpker (PhD Candidate at Health & Society/Rural Sociology) will present about his ongoing PhD project during a kick-off meeting at the Moestuin in Utrecht. Besides his presentation, workshops are provided by green care professionals. Click on this link for [...]

New article: “Inside Checkpoint 300: Checkpoint Regimes as Spatial Political Technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”

Forthcoming in Antipode 51(3) this June, and available online now, Alexandra Rijke and Claudio Minca’s open access paper, “Inside Checkpoint 300: Checkpoint Regimes as Spatial Political Technologies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”, takes us to the “land of the checkpoints”, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, employing a combination of participant observation, in-depth interviews, and “go-along” interviews [...]

Research seminar: Forensic Architecture and Violent Landscapes

Wednesday 29 May | 15.00-17.00 | Leeuwenborch, C67 “Forensic Architecture and Violent Landscapes” is a seminar organized by the Politics of Place and Space cluster of the CSPS, focusing on new methods of studying and understanding how landscapes and infrastructures make/unmake territorialities and mediate citizen state relations. Guided by two senior speakers from leading institutes we will [...]

Lecture by Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora | Biopolitics in Community Forestry: Indigenous Peoples, Women’s Bodies and Forest

Date: Thursday 2 May, 12:30-13:30 | Location: Leeuwenborch C68 Violeta is a Mexican sociologist, living and working in Helsinki and Joensuu, Finland. She works as an early stage researcher at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and is currently writing her doctoral dissertation based on the project: Power, Conflict, and Collaboration in Community Forestry: The case [...]

Lecture by Earl Harper | Gentrify or Die: The False Choice Facing (some) North-Western European Cities

Date: Tuesday 7 May, 12:30-13:30 | Location: Leeuwenborch C83 Earl is currently in the final year of his doctoral study at the University of Bristol (UK). He obtained a BSc in Environmental Science before switching to social science for his MSc in Environmental Governance, both at the University of Manchester (UK). Earl has a forthcoming [...]

Lecture by prof. Lawrence D. Berg | Producing anxiety in the neoliberal university

Wednesday 17 April, 15:30 - 17:00, Gaia 1, Gaia building, Droevendaalsesteeg 3, Building 101, 6708 PB Wageningen, This talk presents a theoretical analysis of the neoliberal production of anxiety in academic faculty members in universities in Northern Europe. The presentation focuses on neoliberalization as it is instantiated through audit and ranking systems designed to produce academia [...]

Wageningen Geography Lecture: Dr. Jess Bier: “Digital Mapmaking on the Ground in Palestine and Israel since 1967: Spatializing the Situated Production of Scientific Knowledge”

Tuesday 11 December, 16:00-17:30 Gaia1 (Droevendaalsesteeg 3, Wageningen Campus) Dr. Jess Bier: "Digital Mapmaking on the Ground in Palestine and Israel since 1967: Spatializing the Situated Production of Scientific Knowledge" This talk examines how geographical and political landscapes shape the ways that maps are made. By analyzing the process of making 2 to 3 maps from [...]

CSPS Research Seminar: Tourist and resident perspectives on ‘SLUM TOURISM’: the case of the Vilakazi precinct (Soweto), by Prof. Gijsbert Hoogendoorn

Tuesday 4 December, 12:00 - 13:00 Leeuwenborch C62 Tourist and resident perspectives on ‘SLUM TOURISM’: the case of the Vilakazi precinct (Soweto) Prof. Gijsbert Hoogendoorn Slum tourism as a topic of investigation has seen significant growth since the beginning of this decade with increasing theoretical and empirical depth. With this growth, some inconsistencies in terms of [...]

CSPS Research Seminar: Towards a New Institutional Political Ecology (NIPE)

Tuesday 5 November, 12:30-13:30 Leeuwenborch C0083 Towards a New Institutional Political Ecology (NIPE) Tobias Haller Most commons studies include an institutional analysis that is often related to the work of Elinor Ostrom’s newer but also to so-called older institutional approaches. It is argued by Olivier de Sardan that the new and the old approaches differ considerably: [...]

CSPS Winter School Natural resources and Conflict: Theorizing governance, resistance and violence – 4 ECTS

Mon 10 December 2018 until Wed 19 December 2018 The extraction, exploitation, distribution and trade of natural resources continue to be a source of conflict worldwide, notwithstanding claims of inclusive and equitable development. The PhD course “Natural Resources and Conflict: Theorizing Governance, Resistance and Violence” offers an in-depth exploration of theoretical approaches to understand the [...]

CSPS Research Seminar: Problems in paradise: Airbnb, the ‘sharing economy’ and social reproduction in New Zealand’s regional tourist towns

Tuesday 30 October, 12:30-13:30 Leeuwenborch C0083 Problems in paradise: Airbnb, the 'sharing economy' and social reproduction in New Zealand's regional tourist towns Stella Pennell Since its inception in 2008 Airbnb has become the largest accommodation provider in the world. In  New Zealand regional tourist towns are disproportionately represented, making them suitable sites for investigation of the Airbnb phenomenon. Drawing on interviews [...]

CSPS Symposium: Towards Convivial Conservation? Governing Human-Wildlife Relations in the ‘Anthropocene’ (CONVIVA)

Programme 08:45 - 09:00 COFFEE/TEA 09:00 - 09:15 OPENING/WELCOME: CONVIVA by Bram Büscher and Rob Fletcher, Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University & Research 09:15 - 10:30 SESSION I: Relating Humans and Wildlife Nature-based tourism and indigenous communities in the Brazilian Pantanal: between representations of biodiversity and biocultural diversity by Koen Arts, Forest and [...]

Professor and Chair of Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles (f/m), 0.8-1 FTE

We are looking for We are looking for a full professor who will lead the new chair group of ‘Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles’ at Wageningen University & Research (0.8 - 1.0 fte), one of the leading universities on food, health and environment. The new group will be part of the Department of Social Science and [...]

CSPS PhD Course: Critical Perspectives on Social Theory

Introduction This PhD course gives participants an opportunity to intensively engage with some of the major foundational movements in critical social theory, so that they can continue to explore contemporary expansions of those movements in their own research. It is organized as an intensive discussion seminar over the course of four weeks (with two 3-hour [...]