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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 will serve as a study case in understanding the expansion and adaptation of neoliberal environmental governance in the region.
Green economy and securitization lump together across the globe, scholars from different disciplines producing critical analyses on how these two processes unfold and conceal each other’s genealogies (Masse, Lunstrum 2016). Cases particularly from the Global South account for the co-productive ontology of the two, where securitization practices are highly depoliticized and green businesses are assumed to be environmentally harmless (Kelly, Gupta 2016). Mostly ignored in current academic debates, the same processes develop unabated in peripheral Europe, a region in which their necessity is locally predicated on narratives of degradation, disruption and evanescence of wilderness threatened by illegal logging and wildlife trade (Dorondel 2016). Although new member states are supposed to implement EU environmental directives in which human-made landscapes are regarded as valuable (Neumann 2014), over the last few years the region has witnessed notable initiatives celebrating untouched nature and rewilding opportunities (Vasile 2018). In Romania some of the most extreme projects advocate severe measures of protection, fencing formerly communal lands and banning forest dependent groups from using their traditional sources of income (Iordachesu 2018). Both Romania’s touristic brand and the set of policies opening the agricultural and forestland markets for the global capital have encouraged a boom in green businesses developments (EcoRuralis 2016), particularly nature-based tourism.

In the case that we are presenting these imaginations of pristine nature have actively remaking economies, landscapes, livelihoods and social relations inside communities. Particular attention will be devoted to understanding the postsocialist transformations which offered the fertile conditions of saving and constructing wilderness reserves as private initiatives.

Speaker bio

George Iordachescu is a PhD Researcher in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy. His current research investigates within a political ecology approach the emergence of untouched nature narratives in Eastern Europe. George’s interests span from environmental history to critical museology mainly revolving around ecotourism, green grabbing, theories of access and green cultural studies. From 2016 to 2017 he was part of a team of sociologists from the Romanian Academy of Sciences which investigated and mapped over 1700 community based institutions managing pastures and forestlands across rural Romania.

 

 

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 there are for fulfilling the promise of co-creation in research. Continue reading

Seminar: Exploring Urbanization: Events, Resources, Risks, and Movements

Seminar: Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 June 2018

Masterclass urbanization: 20 June (09.30—12.30)

Venue: Wageningen University, Wageningen (campus; Orion Building)

Organized by Centre for Space, Place and Society (CSPS)

Organising team (SDC and GEO): Robert Coates, Martijn Duineveld, Dik Roth, Pieter de Vries, Jeroen Warner. Continue reading

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 Dix

In this seminar, we rethink and discuss the relation between power and knowledge by providing a series of examples from nature management to urban planning to illustrate how scientific knowledge is produced and disrupted, used and misused, and highlighted and forgotten. 

Be welcome!

Your host,

Martijn Duineveld