PhD Defence | (De)coding a technopolity: Tethering the civic blockchain to political transformation | by Syed Omer Husain

Thursday May 14, 2020 | 11.00 am (CET)| Weblectures.wur.nl Syed Omer Husain will defend his PhD-thesis ‘(De)coding a technopolity: Tethering the civic blockchain to political transformation‘. See the abstract below. The full thesis can be downloaded from WUR Library after the defence ceremony. The ceremony will be live-streamed by Weblectures.wur.nl but is recorded and can be viewed […]

Blog | Mapping the Emergent Future – an online experience| U.lab 2x – Building Vertical Literacy in Higher Education

Wipe the dust, exhaleUncover hidden treasuresSense the space and shine! This haiku summarizes some of the outcomes of today’s online session of the U.lab 2x project  ‘Building Vertical Literacy in Higher Education’ at Wageningen University. The aim of the session was to establish a shared understanding of the current reality of the higher education system […]

Blog | Taking Back Time to Write! |

During the last three days of January 2020, the Foodscapes cluster of CSPS organised a writing retreat in Utrecht. We had rented two rooms in the Kargadoor, a socio-cultural centre which uses the income from the rooms for its cultural activities. Our rooms offered place for twelve writers at a time. A total of fifteen […]

Seminar | Travel and Climate Emergencies? | February 21

February 21 | 13.30 -16.00 | Lumen 1 + 2 By Edward Huijbens (GEO), Bas Amelung (ESA), Machiel Lamers (ENP) and Arjaan Pellis (GEO) This event will facilitate healthy and critical discussion amongst scholars and students alike on how to engage with the current global crisis of climate change to which international travel is a […]

Course| Emotions in the Debates on Natural Resources |Feb 17 – June 1

What counts as knowledge is usually understood as valid and objective only if based on reasons and not on emotions. In this course, we fundamentally challenge that assumption and take emotions seriously. We will examine concepts and frameworks related to the study of human emotions. We will examine how the emotional solidarity is the ground […]

Seminar | ‘Food Citizens?’ Food procurement in relation to citizenship | with Cristina Grasseni & Vincent Walstra | Feb 3, 2020

February 3, 2020 | 14.00 -18.00 | NcountR at Impulse, Wageningen Speakers: Prof. Dr. Christina Grasseni & Drs. Vincent WalstraDate: Monday February 3thTime: 14:00 – 18:00Location: NcountR at Impulse (Buildingnumber 115, Stippeneng 2) Abstract SeminarProf. Dr. Cristina Grasseni and Drs. Vincent Walstra engage in a European project addressing food procurement in relation to citizenship (see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/foodcitizens). This project […]

Workshop | SENSE -Exploring Soundscapes | January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 | 14.00 – 18.00 | Orion Building, Room P5015 In the 1st workshop of the series Sense, See, Play, Tell! Creative methods for participatory research and beyond, we will explore sensory methods. The workshop will consist of 2 parts: 14:00 – 16:20         A lecture by Karolina Doughty (GEO) on sensory methods […]

PhD Day | Work-in-Progress | January 27, 2020

We invite all PhDs from the four chair groups to present, or be present, at the CSPS Work in Progress Day. The casual full-day program includes presentations, peer feedback, lunch, workshops, wellbeing counselling, and dinner. Our intentions are to strengthen the CSPS PhD community and to enter in dialogue about common challenges that PhDs encounter. Presentations can be about any stage of the process and can be in any expressive form. Skype is available for those who are abroad on fieldwork.
To register: https://forms.gle/x8BHG3ZLnE3RcyP59

Deadline: 30 December 2019

Public Lecture | Prof An Ansoms | Land lost – land regained in transforming rural landscapes? Smallholder farmers navigating Rwanda’s agrarian and land reforms | Dec 18th 2019

Wednesday December 18th, 2019 | 15.00 – 17.00 | Leeuwenborch building Room C62 | Wageningen University In her lecture, An Ansoms will reflect on how different discourses on land reform -centred on rights, conflictuality or efficiency-  have played a role in the reorganisation of Rwanda’s rural economy. Since 2007-2008, Rwandan authorities embarked upon an ambitious […]

PhD Defence | Alexandra Rijke | The Land of the Checkpoints: A study of the daily geographies of checkpoints in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Friday Nov 15, 2019 | 13.30 – 15.00 | Auditorium, building number 362 Short summary of content When the Israeli state occupied the Palestinian Territories in 1967, it gradually imposed restrictions on Palestinian movement. At first easily circumvented by Palestinians, these restrictions have become an intricate, multi-layered ‘architecture of occupation’ over the last 50 years. […]

Research Seminar | Convivial Conservation: Obstacles and Opportunities in Transforming Socio-ecologies for the 21st Century | November 21

Thursday November 21, 2019 | 13.30 -16.00 | Leeuwenborch building, room V72 This research seminar is organised by the Political Ecology@WUR cluster of CSPS. Presentations: Neoliberal authoritarianism as environmental governance: Conservation, biodiversity decline, and denial in Bolsonaro’s Brazil Laila Sandroni (University of São Paulo) | Robert Coates (Wageningen University) The picturing of environmental crisis as […]

Seminar| De-migranticisation? An interactive discussion for practitioners and researchers on thinking and doing ‘inclusion’ differently

November 11th, 2019 | 11.30 – 14.00 | Lumen Building (aka ‘Building 100’), Room 2, Wageningen University Campus, Droevendaalsesteeg 3a, 6708 PB Wageningen Objective Migration scholar Janine Dahinden (Univ. of Neuchatel, Switzerland) has called for researchers and practitioners to think reflexively about how we engage with the deeply political concepts of ‘migration’ and ‘integration’ in […]

Wageningen Geography Lecture | Peatland Literacy: Excavating Interdisciplinary Sites of Learning | by Derek Gladwin

The Cultural Geography group cordially invites you to our Wageningen Geography Lecture by Derek Gladwin: Peatland Literacy: Excavating Interdisciplinary Sites of Learning. Monday October 28, 15:00 – 16:30, GAIA 1, with drinks afterwards.

This talk considers a multidimensional relationship between peatland literacy and interdisciplinary education. The morphology of peatlands through their wetland composition, as well as their positioning as cultural landscapes in parts of Europe such as the Netherlands, Ireland, and Denmark, reveal greater understanding of how to view them across various interdisciplinary and educational contexts. One of the benefits of interdisciplinary education involves integrating knowledge and methods from two or more disciplines to arrive at new discoveries. Considering the relational link between peatlands and interdisciplinarity, this talk explores how studying peatlands offers a flexible way of synthesizing ideas within learning, language, and representation. Peatlands function as alternative third or in-between spaces that can be an opening, invention, and place of constant transition across interdisciplinary learning.

PhD Event | Draw Your PhD | October 24th |

PhD Event | Draw Your PhD| October 24th| 5pm – 8pm | Café Rad van Wageningen Draw your PhD and is a fun and creative way to look at your work from a different perspective. Art can be a useful tool in writing and research both as a method and as a way of relaxing. Drawing […]

Seminar | Fortress Farming: Livelihoods and coffee value chains in a transforming Indonesia | by Dr Jeff Neilson, University of Sydney

Thursday, 31st October 2019 | from 16.00 -17.30 | Leeuwenborch building, C0079 Abstract For many years now, agriculture has been a modest contributor to the Indonesian economy. While the total number of households involved in agriculture remains substantial, it is declining in both absolute and relative terms. Furthermore, the contribution of agriculture to household income […]

2019 CSPS Day | Values in Science

What drives you in your work? What are you curious about? And what do you consider the beauty and value of it?
In our daily work as researchers and lecturers we are often confronted with the need to account for our activities and prove our ‘excellence’. Increasingly, measures and criteria have been put into place that do necessarily reflect our daily realities, let alone the reasons why we got involved in science in the first place.
We therefore decided to organize the 2019 CSPS Day around the theme of ‘Values in Science’. The aim of the day was: to meet and connect through an open and meaningful dialogue about what scientific quality entails for us and how we can translate that dialogue into a practical strategy for CSPS.

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 […]

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 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: 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 […]