Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

The politics of Place: Spatial thinking in the social sciences

Date: 19 April 2017 - 09 May 2017
Location: Wageningen

A rich body of literature investigates the many ways in which nature is impacted upon and transformed by capital. In this course, we will look at how nature and biodiversity in specific places (in situ) are increasingly turned into commodities that can be traded in international financial markets. This process of leaving material nature untouched while at the same time having it circulate in commodity markets is accomplished by monetising and calculating its so-called “environmental and ecosystem services.” In this course, we will critically discuss the spatial and material implications of this move and the subsequent challenges and prospects it holds for conservation.

For whom?

The course “Spatial thinking in the social sciences” is intended for PhD candidates in the social, environmental, and political sciences. In this course, we will move between close reading of texts, workshops, and discussion. Students following this course will not only learn to think about place as an analytical category, but also learn to “work with place,” by applying various perspectives to concrete cases.

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