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Farming Inside Invisible Worlds: Political ontologies of modernist agriculture
Seminar 1
75 years of Rural Sociology at Wageningen Seminar Series

Presenter: Prof. Hugh Campbell, University of Otago

*This talk will also be livestreamed on Youtube* https://youtu.be/r_c-_QJAgj0

This talk examines the way in which an explicit focus on colonisation can open up new ways to understand the power of modernist farms. Using the example of colonisation in Aotearoa New Zealand, farms are revealed as agents of ontological politics: both being created by the colonisation of indigenous worlds in many parts of the globe, but then also becoming agents that enacted a new, ‘scientific’, pacified, and highly ontologically-bounded modernist world. The outcome is a very specific kind of highly-empowered modernist/capitalist farming, locked into ‘farming inside invisible worlds’. The story of farming in Aotearoa New Zealand from colonisation to the present day reveals both the enormous colonising powers of modernist/capitalist farming, but also the inevitable fractures, overflows and contests that signal its inevitable demise.

Feb 3, 2021 09:00 AM in Amsterdam

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Hugh Campbell
Professor @University of Otago
Professor Hugh Campbell is Professor of Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology, School of Social Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand. In 2020, he published a book with Bloomsbury Academic –Farming Inside Invisible Worlds: Modernist Agriculture and its Consequences – on the agency of farms in the colonisation of New Zealand, the creation of modernist farming as the dominant for of land-use in New Zealand, and the many ways in which alternatives to modernist farming are emerging. The book is available on open access at www.bloomsburycollections.com