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Workshop on Alternative Agricultures

Dec 13, 2013

"Cultivating Futures. Ethnographies of Alternative Agricultures in (South) Asian Landscapes of Crisis" was the topic of a workshop held by Junior Research Group "Agrarian Alternatives". It took place from December 12 to 14 at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

On Thursday evening the workshop opened with a keynote lecture by Glenn Davis Stone (Washington University) with the title: "Power, Experiment, and Knowledge in Indian Agriculture: Creation, Sustenance, and Destruction". The programme continued on Friday and Saturday with panels on topics such as "Political Economy, Science and Knowledge", "Agrarian Innovation and Rural Uncertainty", "Agrarian Future and Crisis", "Organic Agriculture in the Himalayas", or "Agrarian Paradigm Shifts".

The workshop brought together ethnographic studies of contemporary experiments, innovations and initiatives in South Asian agriculture. Focusing on emerging alternative farming practices, scholars from the fields of anthropology, human geography, political ecology, rural sociology, economics and agrarian studies examined transcultural dynamics in the interplay of knowledge, technologies, power and economics. Contemporary agro-ecological uncertainty (debates about decreasing agro-biodiversity and fertility, genetically modified seed, pollution of soils and water, etc.) instigates the exploration of alternative agricultures.

The workshop "Cultivating Futures. Ethnographies of Alternative Agricultures in (South) Asian Landscapes of Crisis" was organised by Junior Research Group "Agrarian Alternatives": Dr. Daniel MünsterSaee Haldule, and Julia Pörting.

Visit the conference website for more details.


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  • Group photo with the conference participants