Organiser(s): Dr Caitlin Ryan (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen).
Session format: Roundtable.
In considering access to land in relation to intertwining crises, this roundtable reflects on how the framing of ‘crisis’ makes possible particular actions, while foreclosing others. Recent debates within fields of Global Health and Political Economy have raised important questions about the label of crisis. For instance, Roitman (2013) calls attention to the ‘practice’ of the concept of crisis. This invites us to consider, for instance, how the concept of crisis, deployed in relation to climate breakdown, conflict, and/or COVID-19 shapes approaches to land governance in ways that prioritize some imperatives (such as speed/urgency/security) and some forms of knowledge (such as technical expertise) over others. In this roundtable we will take a critical lens on the function and politics of the concept of crisis in relation to land governance.