Rebellious Waste & Food: Searching for reparative futures within urban-rural landscapes

Emmy Laura Perez Fjalland

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandling


It is most important to acknowledge the tragedy of the anthropocentric influences and practices that fundamentally change this planet’s landscapes, ecologies and atmospheres that make life as we currently know it possible. While it is questionable if we are able to repair the environmental and ecological damages that human actions are responsible for, I find it crucial not to get paralysed by the apocalyptic tales because this seems to block our mind and imagination. This study explores the spaces and practices that invite for responses to environmental change and is doing so by studying actors that practice alternative human-nature world-making with food production and waste management. The study has been attentive to small gaps of possible livable worlding and the sprouting, germinating and fertile practices, and explores what we might learn from those who try to imagine, think, write, and build alternatives. The guiding research question explores how practices with waste and food cultivate response-abilities that inspire for reparative futures within urban-rural landscapes? The empirical context is made of studies in relation to a Danish project called ‘Sharing City: Can we share our way to better cities and local communities?’, the small-scale farm Hegnsholt in Lejre run by Johanne Schimming, and Lejre Municipality through the perspectives of the Program Manager for Food, Business and Sustainability, Tina Unger. The empirical contexts have been studied and analysed interdisciplinary and eclectively by using ethnographic and interactive methods. Theoretically, I have eclectively pulled different disciplinary theories, concepts, thoughts, experiences, and practices into a bag of research (inspired by Ursula K Le Guin’s ‘Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction’ (1986)). In this study, stories are considered as inevitable world-making practices that hold transformative gestures that can spur cultural and multispecies imagination.The languages for and stories about the reparative, cyclical, cacophonic, fertile, and composting practices are always becoming, never-ending.We seem to need, to learn, to notice stories and storytelling practices that goes beyond the modern, structural, linear narratives alert to dualisms, climax and revelations. My work with the Carrier Bag Theory as scientific storytelling
is an attempt of exploring other stories and storytelling practices. This study suggests that abilities to respond to environmental change is cultivated from critical, tactile, somatic, and situated sensitive multispecies meetings, practices and places. A situated kind of knowledge that is very different from the distanced, techno-scientific knowledge and communication that currently permeates environmental and climate debates. This study depicts a human-nature practice of world-making that seeks to preserve and cultivate multispecies circularity, collaboration, and contamination.
ForlagRoskilde Universitet
ISBN (Trykt)978-87-7349-012-9
StatusUdgivet - 5 apr. 2019
NavnAfhandlinger fra Ph.d.-skolen for Mennesker og Teknologi

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