CfP Workshop CASCACUBA2018

In the frame of the CASCA Cuba conference we would like to reflect on

Great Human Master Plans for Agriculture and its Non Human Challengers

The panel aims at understanding the unintended consequences of great human master plans for the industrialization of agriculture and food production by shifting the gaze following “non-humans” (objects, plants, animals, bacteria, etc.) that are a playing a key role in these processes. Focusing on how non-humans react to and act on agricultural policies allows seeing connexions, relationships, and interactions that are evident but have largely remained invisible. The in-depth description of how chemicals, weeds, cows, agricultural machinery etc. act and are embedded in sets of material, social and political relations, and representations, serves as a counterpoint, an alternative viewpoint to understanding the tangles of the industrialisation of agricultural and food systems.
Following the multiple connexions that arise from the interactions with these challengers of human intent, what can we learn about the transformation of agricultural practices, power relationships, rural sociability or the visions for the future?
How can we cultivate a plurality of viewpoints in our own fieldwork and how can anthropology thus renew the perspectives on the agrarian question?

All the best

Birgit Müller ( and Marie Aureille

Contact Info

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
c/o Karli Whitmore
125 rue Jean de la Londe, #301
Baie d'Urfe (Québec) H9X 3T8