Film screening: Ghosts of our Forest

Ghosts of our Forest 10 January 2018, 20:00 Filmhuis Movie W, Wilhelminaweg 3A, Wageningen „The mist are the ghosts of our ancestors who remained in the forest after we have been chased away.“ (Batwa Elder Norah 2015) Documentary, 63 minutes Director: Daniel Roher (Loud Roar Productions) Credits: Lisa Trogisch (Producer), Marianna Margaret (Cinematographer), Edmund Stenson (Editor), […]

Visiting fellow and annual lecture: Erik Swyngedouw

We are happy to announce that we have confirmed Erik Swyngedouw to give our annual lecture. Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Geography at Manchester University. His research interests include urban political-ecology, hydro-social conflict, urban governance, democracy and political power, and the politics of globalisation. His was previously professor of geography at Oxford University and held […]

Visiting fellow: Ariadne Collins

We are pleased to inform you that Ariadne Collins will be joining us as a visiting fellow during the academic year of 2017-2018. Bio Ariadne Collins is particularly interested in climate change governance and politics. Her research adopts post-structural approaches to interrogating the intersection of power, development and neoliberalism in global efforts to conserve tropical […]

A Merely Gorilla Christmas?: Presentation & discussion on two PhD projects studying gorilla territory in the African Great Lakes

The clusters Conflict, Tourism and Political Ecology clusters of the CSPS cordially invite you to… A Merely Gorilla Christmas? Presentation & discussion on two PhD projects studying gorilla territory in the African Great Lakes Region   Date: 13th December 2017 Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm Location: Lumen, room 2 Programme: 3:00:  Opening and upcoming events […]

Winter school: Critical Dialogues on Violence: Foundations and Current Debates

8 – 12 January 2018 Wageningen University, the Netherlands Course organisers: Gemma van der Haar & Lotje de Vries (SDC) Contact: lotje.devries@wur.nl What is violence? How does it come about? How is violence organized, socially and politically? This course addresses these questions through an in-depth engagement with foundational texts and readings of more recent key […]

CSPS Research Seminar: On farmers and natural resources in the (western) Mexico: going beyond a farmer-oriented perspective

On farmers and natural resources in the (western) Mexico: going beyond a farmer-oriented perspective 24 October, 14:00 – 16:00 Leeuwenborch C68 Peter R.W. Gerritsen, University of Guadalajara, Mexico, pedritus@startmail.com Introduction Understanding how contemporary societies relate to the natural environment and how these relationships are modified by human beings in general and by farmers in particular is […]

Blog | Science as a basis for optimism (?) | By Jessica Duncan

By Jessica Duncan and originally published on Jessica Duncan’s blog.  On September 4th I took the stage with two younger scientists to reflect on the theme of the Opening of the 2017-2018 Academic Year: Science as the basis for optimism. We followed the controversial keynote Matt Ridley (see here, also here). I tend to be an energetic speaker; […]

Letter of concern regarding Dr. Matt Ridley as keynote speaker, opening of the academic year

We have drafted a letter of concern in response to the decision to host Dr. Matt Ridley as keynote speaker for the opening of the WUR 2017-18 academic year. Whilst we welcome the initiative to engage staff and students in debate setting the scene for the year to come, we are concerned and disappointed about […]

Public discussion with key activists: the relevance of development studies for current activism

Public Plenary Discussion with Key Activists: The Relevance of Development Studies for current Activism Day: Friday June 30th     time: 9.30 -11.00 Venue: Boomgaardzaal, Hotel de Wageningsche Berg, Generaal Foulkesweg 96 Convenors: Michiel Kohne, Monique Nuijten, Elisabet Rasch Panelists: Katherine Gibson, professor at Western Sydney University Jens Lund, Section for Global Development, Copenhagen University Lynn van […]

Final programme conference

We have finished the final programme for the international conference ‘The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications’ taking place from 28 to 30 June in Wageningen. Find the full programme here: Final programme The programme contains all the sessions, including the keynote lectures and plenary sessions. For a complete overview of the presentations, find the complete book […]

The Hauntological Turn: Psychoanalysis and Political Economy

The Hauntological Turn: Psychoanalysis and Political Economy Research Seminar Wageningen University, the Netherlands 12-13 May 2017   Seminar Programme: Friday 12 May 9:00 – 9:30:                Introduction/Organization 9:30 – 11:00:              Paper Session I             Chair: Japhy Wilson Development and the Poor: Enjoy Your Symptom!    Ilan Kapoor, York University, Canada Looking Awry at the Poor’s Agency […]

PhD Workshop: Psychoanalysis and Political Economy

Lecturers: Dr. Robert Fletcher (SDC) Dr. Pieter de Vries (SDC) Dr. Chizu Sato (SCH) Dr. Jelle Behagel (FNP) Dr. Yahya Madra (Drew University) The two-day intensive PhD workshop ‘Psychoanalysis and Political Economy’ complements the international seminar on the same theme bringing together prominent scholars from around the world from 12-13 May in Wageningen, the Netherlands. […]

Call for Papers: Solidarity

Solidarity is a key theme today, especially given its widespread failures as well as its numerous and multi-scalar forms, often provoked by current political developments. How can solidarity be described in the era of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and regressions into exclusive nationalism and authoritarianism, such as […]

Last call for papers: The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic

FINAL Call for papers The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic: A nearly carbon-neutral conference June 26th – July 14th 2017 Keynotes   We are proud to announce the following internationally acclaimed keynotes: Richard C. Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology, Plymouth University Gay Hawkins, Professor of Cultural Studies, Western Sydney University Ian C. Shaw, Professor of […]

PhD Summer School: Political Ecologies in/of the Anthropocene: value, life and critique

We are excited to announce that enrollment for our next Political Ecology PhD summer school course is now open!! More information and a link to the registration page can be found here. The course fee is 500 € for non-Wageningen participants, which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the course. We’ve set the enrollment limit at […]

PhD Course: The Politics of Place: Spatial thinking in the social sciences

The Politics of Place: Spatial thinking in the social sciences 21 April – 9 May 2017 €300 WASS; €600 non-WASS 4 ECTS Coordination: Joost Jongerden In collaboration with: James Ferguson Scott Prudham Bahar Şimşek Hannah Wittman Today, the concept of socially produced or constructed space appears in publications with little apparent need for justification or explanation. […]

PhD Course: Critical Perspectives on Social Theory

“Not that I condone fascism, or any ism for that matter.  Isms, in my opinion, are not good.” -Ferris Bueller Intimidated by all the “isms” out there these days? Searching for some clarity through the minefield of contemporary social theory? Then this course may be for you: Critical Perspectives on Social Theory 21 February – […]

Registration open! The Value of Life

Registration for the conference is now open!! The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications International Conference Hotel de Wageningsche Berg Wageningen, The Netherlands 28-30 June 2017 EXTENDED REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15 JANUARY 2017 Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Katherine Gibson, Western Sydney University Annemarie Mol, University of Amsterdam How to properly conceive of, value, measure, sustain and improve on ‘life’ […]

Latin America cluster: meeting with Mexican human rights defenders

You are all cordially invited to join the first CSPS Latin America cluster activity, which will be an informal afternoon meeting with two Mexican human rights defenders Cristina Auerbach and Esmeralda Saldaña who work in the field of mining/energy conflicts. They are in Holland on the invitation of PBI and would like to share their experiences with interested scholars and students.  […]

What it means to be a ‘Good Academic’ in the University today

What it means to be a ‘Good Academic’ in the University today Document prepared by members of the Sociology of Development and Change group, Wageningen University Introduction The purpose of this document is to outline a general vision of what we expect from ourselves and our academic colleagues in terms of scholarly performance in the […]

What it means to be a ‘Good Academic’ in the University today

Document prepared by members of the Sociology of Development and Change group, Wageningen University Introduction The purpose of this document is to outline a general vision of what we expect from ourselves and our academic colleagues in terms of scholarly performance in the context of an overall healthy ‘work-life balance’. This document has been developed […]

Official invitation: Internal Launch: The Future of Critique: Critical Social Science in an Era of ‘Planetary Emergencies’

Internal Launch Event 21 October 2016 Leeuwenborch C63 Acknowledgement of the enormity of the many socio-environmental, agricultural, food, health and related ‘planetary emergencies’ confronting us today has provoked a growing chorus of calls for urgent action.In the face of such urgency, it seems that there is less and less (obvious) time for pause and reflection. […]

CfP: The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications, 28 – 30 June 2017

The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications International Conference Hotel de Wageningsche Berg Wageningen, The Netherlands 28-30 June 2017 EXTENDED REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 15 JANUARY 2017 Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Katherine Gibson, Western Sydney University Annemarie Mol, University of Amsterdam How to properly conceive of, value, measure, sustain and improve on ‘life’ – in its myriad forms and at […]

Call for Papers: First International Conference on Tourism, Ethics & Global Citizenship, Apeldoorn, 3-6 July 2017

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOURISM, ETHICS AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: CONNECTING THE DOTS 3-6 July 2017 Apeldoorn, the Netherlands Only recently we have witnessed the inclusion of ethics and global citizenship in tourism debates. The freedom of movement, the right to travel and simultaneously the rise of a multitude of alternative forms of tourism provide sufficient justification […]