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Towards a Gaian agriculture - Dr Anna Krzywoszynska
This talk is concerned with the role for agri-environmental social sciences in understanding the new human condition called by some “the Anthropocene”, and what I increasingly think of as the challenge of living with Gaia. How have we become so lost that our most fundamental relationship with the environment, food getting, has come to undermine both our futures and those of our environments? And what is needed to build a new pact between humans and living ecosystems? I have been exploring these questions specifically in relation to soil as an existentially and conceptually crucial matter. In this paper, I examine modern farming as built on multiple alienations, and propose the conditions under which re-connection and a building agricultures which work with Gaia may become possible.

This talk is the second in Wageningen University Rural Sociology Group's 75 years anniversary seminar series "Looking back, Looking Forward: Setting a future agenda for rural sociology". For more information see https://ruralsociologywageningen.nl/2020/12/21/looking-back-looking-forward-setting-a-future-agenda-for-rural-sociology/

Apr 28, 2021 03:00 PM in Amsterdam

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Dr Anna Krzywoszynska
@University of Sheffield
Anna Krzywoszynska is a Faculty of Social Sciences Research Fellow. She is also an Associate Director at the University of Sheffield Institute for Sustainable Food. Her research concerns agriculture and food as the key spheres for the interaction between human and more-than-human worlds. She is especially interested in environmental knowledge, ethics, and affect, and how these shape and are shaped by rural and food-related spaces and practices. Her work engages frequently with the natural sciences. For the last few years Anna has been exploring the reconceptualisation of soils as lively ecosystems in conventional agricultural practice and its related knowledge fields, and the consequences of this for the future of agriculture and land use.