Workshop

WORKSHOP CALL: SPEAKING WILD PLANTS IN THE LANGUAGES OF THE GLOBAL AND CHINESE CAPITALISM

Date & Time

25. 03. 2021

Organizers

Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU, University of Camridge) and “Sinophone Borderlands: Interaction at the Edges” Project (Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Abstract

With the global race for natural resources in full swing, and no signs of China´s appetite for natural resources abating, placing an emphasis on lesser known potential resources in remote and less accessible locations is becoming a key priority for the global extractive industries. One of the last global resource frontiers in accessible proximity to China´s borders includes natural environments with little human development. These areas are located on China´s margins: Russian Siberia and the Far East, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Topics of welcome contributions
(but not only)

  • Seeing landscape of neighbouring countries as a resource deposit 
  • Manipulating landscape through wild and cultivat- ed plants
  • Plants that make people, heal them, and kill them
  • Reimagining ‘hunting and gathering’ in post-so- cialist and capitalist economies
  • Following the roots and routes: mobilities of wild plant gatherers
  • Criminalization of the wild plant-related business
  • From indigenous plants to biopharmaceutical power in the post-Covid time

Deadline

Prospective contributors should submit an Abstract of their paper not later then Sunday 28th February 2021.


Please be aware that the organizers reserve right not to accept the paper.