Anthropology and Environment Society
Oral Presentation Session
Abstract: This panel considers how 'nature' and 'the natural' are being constructed in the global South, and the role of scientific knowledge production in introducing different ways of relating to both these concepts and their diverse materialities. We understand the 'global South' in a broad sense to refer to places and spaces of enduring structural violence, where changing climates have been part of everyday life. Rather than studying scientists in labs to describe the production of "scientific knowledge," we propose the ongoing work of science-in-situ, where powerful discourses about nature, the natural, and the very fate of the earth are at stake within ongoing colonial legacies and contexts of everyday militarization and social and armed conflict. Through a series of papers considering the production of agrarian science, mapping of territory, conflict resolution, and climate change, this panel proposes a broad range of approximations in which we use feminist science studies in the Global South as both a method and a working analytic that changes the very terms of debates about climate change and the planetary, as well as shifting the terms of analysis to examine how a range of conflicts and science(s) produce different natures.