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Seminars

Seminars

Political Ecology Group meetings
Meetings of the Political Ecology Group.
Magic Circle seminar group
The Magic Circle seminar group is a long-running group for the informal discussion of research in progress on ritual, symbolism and the anthropology of religion worldwide, and its interface with theology, psychology and related disciplines. Participants and speakers include graduate students, senior scholars, and practitioners of religion and psychology.
Circumpolar History and Public Policy Research Seminars
These are seminars for the Circumpolar History and Public Policy group at the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Forthcoming seminars

Seminars within the Natures, Cultures, Knowledges research group of the Department of Geography.

View the archive of previous seminars.

# Tuesday 19th November 2019, 1.00pm - Anindya Sinha, Indian Institute of Science
The Political Ecologies of Urban Macaques in India
Venue: Hardy Building 101 (first floor), Downing Site, Cambridge

Urbanisation is at the forefront of the challenges that India and several other nations of the Global South confront in the 21st century. Urban poverty is on the rise and rapid urbanisation is seriously outstripping most cities’ capacities to provide adequate infrastructure for their teeming millions. A neglected dimension of urban governance concerns nonhuman life in cities. New Delhi, for instance, has 12,000 stray cattle, 4,00,000 feral dogs and 9,000 wild monkeys — a situation similar to that in many other Indian cities. Although this is a major contemporary governance challenge, adequate frameworks to understand human-animal relations and design effective policies to manage potential conflict are seriously lacking in urban India. In this talk, I identify three areas of interdisciplinary rapprochement between nonhuman ethno-ethologies and human-driven political ecologies that are likely to have direct bearings on how Indian cities might be better governed. The first pertains to urban metabolism – the new ecologies of nonhuman life configured by the availability of provisioned food and waste. The second involves questions on space – the diverse ways through which animals territorialise, transgress and unsettle urban orders. The third entails an expanded notion of politics, emerging through conflicts between people, animals, the state and institutions governing them. I will suggest how this trilogy can be addressed through etho-geographical studies of urban macaques, highlighting their entanglement with three facets of urban governance: access to the city, livelihoods and public health. In conclusion, I will reflect upon the critical importance of such interdisciplinary conversations for a wider rethinking of ‘who’ poses challenges and ‘what’ constitutes the urban in contemporary India.

# Tuesday 19th November 2019, 4.30pm - Ingrid Medby (Oxford Brookes University)
From Arctic statehood to self: State personnel’s articulations of Arctic identity in Norway, Iceland, and Canada
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 26th November 2019, 1.00pm - Rob Small, Fauna and Flora International
Social Assessment of Protected Areas
Venue: Hardy Building 101 (first floor), Downing Site, Cambridge

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 1.00pm - Ariadne Collins, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Forests of Refuge: Decolonizing Forest Governance in Guyana and Suriname
Venue: Hardy Building 101 (first floor), Downing Site, Cambridge

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 28th January 2020, 4.30pm - Morgan Seag (University of Cambridge)
#AntarcticWomenToo? Making and remaking 20th century Antarctic history
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 11th February 2020, 4.30pm - Sofia Gavrilova (University of Oxford)
Constructing the Other: representations of Arctic native communities in Russian regional museums
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 4.30pm - Max Jones (University of Manchester)
Fridtjof Nansen’s FRAM expedition and the Making of a Transnational Hero
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 12th May 2020, 4.30pm - Olga Ulturgasheva (University of Manchester) and Barbara Bodenhorn (University of Cambridge)
Envisioning Arctic Futures: Digital and Otherwise
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available