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The material turn in research on human-environment relations: Examples from Sweden, India and Africa

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Dr. Per Knutsson- School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, had delivered a guest seminar on ‘The material turn in research on human-environment relations: Examples from Sweden, India and Africa’. The seminar was attended by TAPMI members consisting of faculty and Ph. D. students.

Date: December 07, 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Venue: F1 Class Room, Dr. T.M.A. Pai Block

Recently, scholars within the environmental social sciences have been calling for the need of increased recognition and understanding of the way the material (in the form of nature as well as things built by man) influences social relations and institutions. In this talk, Dr. Per Knutsson illustrated how insights from social theory on the importance of materiality can be useful for guiding research on human-environment relations. He did this through examples of ongoing research on waterfront transformations in Mangalore, India; leisure boating in Sweden, land-use change in Kenya, as well as the emergence of development corridors across Sub-Saharan Africa.