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 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 […]

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 […]

Contested Biodiversities: Unpacking power and privilege in KwaZulu-Natal’s Biodiversity Stewardship Programme, South Africa, by Shirley Brooks

Monday 15 October, 12:00 – 13:00 Leeuwenborch, C62 Professor Shirley Brooks is Head of the Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism at the University of the Western Cape. Impression seminar Protected area expansion in South Africa has taken a new turn. The aim of the recently instituted Biodiversity Stewardship Programme (BSP) is to expand the […]

Remaking the university, a clearinghouse for commentary

There is growing discussion in many places concerning how to reform our universities in the face of common pressures we increasingly face to restructure along neoliberal lines. This post provides a clearinghouse for commentary both on this situation and on efforts to respond to it. In this way, it contributes to the central aim of CSPS […]

Writing Retreat of CSPS and WCSG PhD candidates

On the 29st of May to 1st of June 2018, 30 PhD candidates from CSPS and the WCSG (Wageningen Centre of Sustainability Governance) participated in a “Writing Retreat” at the Monastery of Huissen. The retreat offered a great opportunity to make progress with individual writing as well as to share and discuss work and get […]

CSPS Seminar: Unuunu – nguu – barasili (Story-Song-Dance) Cultural Conservation, Indigenous Epistemologies and Performance in North Malaita, Solomon Islands

Unuunu – nguu – barasili (Story-Song-Dance) Cultural Conservation, Indigenous Epistemologies and Performance in North Malaita, Solomon Islands Dr. Irene Karongo Hundleby, Otago University Friday, June 29, 2018, 13:00 – 14:30 Leeuwenborch C70, Wageningen University Over the past 100 years, Solomon Islanders have experienced colonialism, the arrival of missionaries, government administrators and foreign businesses, alongside Independence, […]

CSPS seminar: “Explore the Carpathian Garden!” – Securing nature as greener in the periphery of Europe

“Explore the Carpathian Garden!” – Securing nature as greener in the periphery of Europe Tuesday 5 June, 11:30 – 12:30 Leeuwenborch C78 The seminar will investigate the emergence of green economy and securitization logics in the process of constructing the Carpathian Mountains as a wilderness frontier. The project of establishing ‘The European Yellowstone’ in Romania […]

Annual lecture by Erik Swyngedouw

REMINDER:  We are happy to announce that we have confirmed Erik Swyngedouw to give our annual lecture on Thursday 7 June from 16:00 – 17:30 at Leeuwenborch C64. 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. […]

Research fellow: Dr. Bas Verschuuren

We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Bas Verschuuren will be joining us as a research fellow. Dr. Bas Verschuuren Bas obtained his PhD from the Department of Sociology of Development and Change (WUR, 2017). His thesis ‘Creating Common Ground’, focussed on synergies and disjunctures between practices and ontologies of Indigenous people and conservation […]

Seminar: Towards a post-apocalyptic anthropology: harbouring the prospect of life

Towards a post-apocalyptic anthropology: harbouring the prospect of life Seminar on the occasion of the retirement of dr. A. Arce (SDC) Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 9:45 – 17:30 Wageningen, Forum C0314 Calling for a post-apocalyptic anthropology is a provocative move to critically discuss so-called crisis of governance, failures of public policy, bio-power effects that have […]

Seminar: Co-creating Research

Co-creating Research Seminar Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 14:00 – 17:00 Wageningen, Gaia C0093 Co-creation has become a buzzword in many social science disciplines and business as well as in tourism studies. Given the prominence of co-creation, surprisingly little discussion has evolved about its implications for research practices and knowledge production as well as what challenges […]

7 x Power and Knowledge in the Post-Truth Society

The International Institute of Innovation in Governance and The WUR Politics of Space and Place Network presents: 7 X POWER AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE POST-TRUTH SOCIETY APRIL 3 2018 | 15.00-17.00 | WUR FORUM BUILDING C0658 Starring: Noelle Aarts, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Peter Tamas & Fons van Overbeek, Kristof Van Assche, Raoul Beunen, Daan Boezeman and Guus […]