Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for East Asian Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: Environment and Environmental Inequality
Secondary Theme: Anthropocene
As scholars develop better understandings of the “unevenness” of power relations in the Anthropocene (Ogden et al. 2015), it is critical that anthropologists work to assess and reassess modes of resistance, resilience, and adaptation as they relate to human-environment interactions in varying contexts. We suggest that as scholars and others develop “arts of noticing” and attune themselves to emergent forms of “collaboration” and “contamination” (Tsing 2015), the politics of resistance, resilience, and adaptation become muddled. In this panel, we bring together anthropologists whose work focuses on the East Asia region to speak to the shifting contours of human interactions and collaborations with local environments and environmental elements amidst substantial economic and geopolitical shifts in the larger region.
This panel examines the uneven adaptation of projects across scales, ranging from transnational projects of commodity production and environmental conservation to domestic programs of land conversion and water infrastructure. Panelists investigate institutional norms, conceptualizations of nature, livelihood logics, and collaborative procedures associated with these diverse initiatives. In doing so, these papers together analyze various ways that resistance to larger environmental regimes unfolds in particular places. Anthropologists have tended to look to other geographies in their ethnographies of environmentalism. This panel brings together this set of papers in order to assess the significance of East Asian environmentalisms for the field of environmental anthropology more broadly.