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25 Years

Capitalism & Conservation in the Age of Security: The Vitalization of the State

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 3:30pm
Event Location: 
537 Heller Hall

The ICGC community welcomed alumna Elizabeth (Libby) Lunstrum for a recent campus visit. Libby is Associate Professor of Geography and Resident Scholar in the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Her research focus on the politics of conservation areas, especially national and transnational parks, in southern Africa and more recently in North America, as seen in her forthcoming article in Geoforum entitled "Conservation violence goes online." She has also published recent research on environmental displacement and green militarization (the interconnection of conservation and militarization). Her talk at ICGC explored how military actors, practices, logics, and technologies have increasingly spread from the battlefield and into everyday life, a core feature of the contemporary age of security. Libby offers an important critique of these developments, as evidenced by her presentation examining the ways in which green militarization shapes the fight against commercial rhino poaching unfolding in Southern Africa.