Conference| CONVIVIALITY – a virtual, open-access conference | October 4-9, 2021

Join us for CONVIVIALITY October 4-9, 2021 Have you heard there is an exciting all-virtual, all-free, all-asynchronous experimental conference taking place October 4-9, 2021, organized by Wageningen University and Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre? CONVIVIALITY brings us together to ask, “How can we live – not at the expense of others?”  Together, we will explore predicaments of agriculture, biodiversity, […]

PhD Defence | Lisa Trogisch | Geographies of fear. Exploring the transboundary nature of conservation and conflict among the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda | October 4, 2021 at 4.00 pm CET

We kindly invite you to attend the PhD Defence of Lisa Trogisch on October 4 at 4:00 pm (CET). Lisa will defend her thesis entitled: “Geographies of fear. Exploring the transboundary nature of conservation and conflict among the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda”. It will be held online. You can join via: https://weblectures.wur.nl/P2G/Player/Player.aspx?id=aulatv

PhD Defence | Lerato Thakholi | Conserving Inequality: Subjugating black labour by accumulating and defending property in South Africa’s private nature reserves | October 1, 2021 at 11:00 am (CET)

We kindly invite you to attend the PhD Defence of Lerato Thakholi on October 1 at 11:00 am (CET). Lerato will defend her thesis entitled: “Conserving Inequality: Subjugating black labour by accumulating and defending property in South Africa’s private nature reserves”. It will be held online. You can join via: https://weblectures.wur.nl/P2G/Player/Player.aspx?id=aulatv 

Blog | 8th International Degrowth conference: Caring communities for radical change | August 24-28, 2021

The 8th International Degrowth conference: Caring communities for radical change (August 24-28, 2021, the Hague) has just wrapped up. Several CSPS members, Robert Fletcher (SDC), Thomas Kiggell (SDC), Oona Morrow (RSO), Chizu Sato (GEO), and Lucie Sovová (RSO), participated as organizing team members, session organizers, and/or volunteers. The themes covered in the conference were exciting. […]

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New PhD Course | Agrarian and Food Citizenship, May 6–13, 2022

Introduction We are delighted to announce our PhD course on agrarian and food citizenship. The course gives participants an opportunity to intensively engage with some of the major debates and approaches on the democratization of our agricultural and food systems so that they can continue to explore and expand these in their own research. The […]

Webinar | Mundane normativity and the everyday handling of contested food consumption | by prof. Bente Halkier, University of Copenhagen | August 30, 16.00-17.30 (CET)

Mundane normativity and the everyday handling of contested food consumption by prof. Bente Halkier, University of Copenhagen, August 30, 16.00-17.30 (CET): “Food in everyday life is contested from multiple kinds of public debates in present societies such as climate, health, risk, environment and quality, which point to food consumption in everyday life as a site of […]

PhD Course | Critical Gender Studies in the Life Sciences domains| Tue 14 September 2021 until Tue 19 October 2021

The WASS course, Critical Gender Studies in the Life Sciences domains – WUR, is now online and registration is open! 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 […]

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Event | 75th Anniversary Rural Sociology: Past, Present and Future | May 13, 2022

The Rural Sociology Group of Wageningen University will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on the 13th of May 2022. Over the 75 years of the Group’s existence, characteristic features of the “Wageningen School” approach in rural sociology have been its comparative research, empirically grounded theoretical development, and a research output renowned for its scientific as well as for […]

Symposium | Public outdoor spaces and Covid-19 | June 24 -25, 2021, online

Since the start of 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we think and use public outdoor spaces. Repeated lockdowns and social distancing are now part of our daily lives. But what does it mean for the design of these places going forward? This symposium intends to highlight current research pathways, perspectives and practices […]

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Publication| Does the Arab region have an agrarian question? | by Max Ajl

In “Does the Arab region have an agrarian question?” Max Ajl argues that the Arab region is not part of broader discussions on the agrarian question and even though the political economy is having a small renaissance in Arab region studies, the leading agrarian publications – Journal of Peasant Studies, Agrarian South, Journal of Agrarian Change, Agriculture and Human […]

Publication | Antipode Virtual Issue on Israel/Palestine | with contributions from Alexandra Rijke and Claudio Minca

Antipode has long published radical geographical scholarship on Palestine/Israel. In this virtual issue, several articles, amongst them one written by Alexandra Rijke en Claudio Minca, are made available to a wider audience in support of those scholars and activists who witness, live with, and resist the ongoing occupation and Israeli apartheid, and those who stand in […]

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Publication | A People’s Green New Deal | by Max Ajl

The idea of a Green New Deal, a set of proposal to address climate change and its effects, was launched into popular consciousness by US Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018. Evocative of the far-reaching ambitions of its namesake, it has become a watchword in the current era of global climate crisis. But what – and […]

PhD Defense | Green Care practices and place-based sustainability transformations: a participatory action-oriented study in Finland | by Angela Moriggi

June 1 2021, at 11.00 am (CET) Angela Moriggi will defend her PhD-thesis ‘Green Care practices and place-based sustainability transformations: A participatory action-oriented study in Finland‘. See the Abstract below. The full thesis can be downloaded from the WUR Library after the defense ceremony, or by clicking its DOI. The ceremony will be live-streamed by Weblectures.wur.nl, but […]

Public lecture | Making peace with the Lord’s Resistance Army? Why peace processes fail | By Dr. Mareike Schomerus | Thursday May 27 , 15.30 -17.00 CET | Online

In 2021, Dominic Ongwen, a leader of the notorious Ugandan armed group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was found guilty of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC). In early May, Ongwen was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The trial, the verdict and the sentence have been subject of much controversy.  The […]

CSPS Annual Lecture | The Frontlines of Peace | with prof. Séverine Autesserre | 8 June 2021, 4 – 5.30 PM (CEST) | Online

Registration Zoom registration (required): https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mM3-DL-zRtSwOtgki14t1A YouTube live stream: https://youtu.be/Tt3qd-ggclM Description The Centre for Space Place and Society (CSPS) proudly presents Séverine Autesserre as the 2021 speaker for our annual lecture. She is an award-winning scholar, currently a professor in Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York. Prof. Autesserre is a prominent voice […]

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Webinar | Migrant labour in agriculture | Wednesday 19th May 2021, 15:00-17:00 (CET)

In the Webinar 3 of the 75th Anniversary Rural Sociology Series we are pleased to present two presentations addressing the research theme ‘migrant labour in agriculture’. Deniz Duruiz, Northwestern University:Kurdishness, Race-Making, and Political Subjectivity on Turkish Farms Seth Holmes, UC Berkeley:The Extended Time and Space of Migrant Farmworker Injury: Indigenous Mexican Farmworkers in the USA […]

Blog | Why I support Alarm Day and the call for a 1.1 billion Euro structural investment in academic research and education | by prof. Han Wiskerke

Today, Tuesday April 6 2021, is ‘Alarm Day’; a day on which the teaching and research staff, students, administrators and alumni of all 14 Dutch research universities will be congregating to call on the new government to structurally invest 1.1 billion euros in academic research and education. Since 2000 student numbers have doubled, while government […]

Event | Conviviality virtual conference June 1-7, 2021 – Call for abstracts

The Conviviality conference is co-hosted by the Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre (PERC) and the Wageningen University Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS). The virtual conference will be from June 1-7, 2021. When interested to participate, please send a 250 word abstract with your name, e-mail address, and affiliation to masseyPERC@gmail.com by Monday, April 5, 2021. Proposals for panels and (digital) […]

Publication | Rethinking the biopolitical: Borders, refugees, mobilities… | by Alexandra Rijke, et al.

In this Short Symposium Claudio Minca, Alexandra Rijke, Polly Pallister-Wilkins, Martina Tazzioli, Darshan Vigneswaran, Henk van Houtum and Annelies van Uden reflect upon the growing relevance of biopolitical perspectives in camp studies, border studies, refugee studies and specifically in research at the intersection between mobility studies and political geography. This Symposium is the outcome of […]

WASS/ CSPS PhD course| ‘Early Spring’ School | Natural Resources and Conflict: Violence, Resistance and the State |Special Online Edition | March 1 -10, 2021

Growing pressures on natural resources –related to land and water grabbing and climate change-feed into concerns over natural resource conflict worldwide, making this a core issue in development studies today. Dominant paradigms frame the resource-conflict nexus in terms of scarcity, employing some form of causal reasoning. This course unpacks and critiques this reasoning, introducing a […]

Course | Alternative Research Methods: Remote Edition | 8 – 12 February 2021

OtherWise, a WUR critical student organization, is launching a third edition of the Alternative Research Methods Training on 8th-12th February. This extracurricular course is aimed at MSc students curious about diverse approaches to research. This time, the focus will be on doing research remotely. Course description How to conduct research in a world that is […]