Going to Ground

When:28 Oct 2016, 9:30am - 4:45pm
Venue:Matthews 313 (Map ref F13)
Soil Workshop

A workshop on the social life of soil, earth & land

It’s been a big year for soils. World Soil Day was celebrated on the 5th December 2015 at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, and in a series of nationally-based events coordinated around the world.

At the same time the relationship between soils and climate change featured prominently in the recent Conference of the Parties (COP21) held in Paris, with the capacity of soils to sequester and store carbon becoming a focus of intense political and policy interest.

The ways in which soil conservation and improvement practices are being marshalled in response to concerns over climate change, food security and rural livelihoods are indicative of the deep connections between soil and social processes. Soil is also a social space, a site of immense microbial life and the entanglements between the subsurface and the above-ground increasingly constitute a key hori-zon in contemporary ecological politics.

This workshop is designed as an opportunity to think both creatively and seriously about the dirt we live on and off.

Workshop speakers will include: Salvatore Engel-Dimauro (New Paltz), Juan Salazar (WSU), Lauren Rickards (RMIT), Céline Granjou (ISTRA), Paul Munro (UNSW), Jenny Atchison (UoW), Lindsay Kelley (UNSW) and Matthew Kearnes (UNSW).


to Matthew Kearnes m.kearnes@unsw.edu.au

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