Place, Power, and Plural Knowledges: Navigating Community-Based Initiatives in Uncertain Times

This panel discussion seeks to explore plural environmental knowledges, epistemologies, and practices in uncertain times within the context of community-based conservation, agroecology, food sovereignty/justice, climate change, and development initiatives. We invite panelists to speak to the role of emancipatory frameworks in political ecology, particularly in thinking through the epistemological politics of place-making in multistakeholder initiatives and partnerships. 


We are interested in contributions that respond to one or more of the following questions, or related areas of inquiry:


  • In the face socioecological and political uncertainty, how are different knowledges and ways of knowing coming together (and coming apart) through multistakeholder, community-based initiatives? 

  • How are various local, embodied, and (inter-)generational knowledges, including TEK (Traditional Ecological Knowledge), interfacing with each other and with other sources of knowledge, including but not limited to academic, institutional, and technocratic knowledges? 

  • What do plural knowledges mean for defining “success” in multistakeholder initiatives? 

  • What does increasing uncertainty mean for defining “success”?

  • How do political ecology’s emancipatory frameworks contribute to our understandings of multistakeholder relations, community engagement, and knowledge sharing? 

  • What does it mean to develop multistakeholder initiatives as sites of Black, queer, immigrant, indigenous, feminist, decolonial, intergenerational, and/or more-than-human bodies, knowledges, visions, and practices? 


The session will include 10-minute responses from each panelist (approximately 50 minutes total) followed by 50 minutes for audience engagement and questions, moderated by the organizers.


Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to Al Del Brocco (, Pasama Cole-Kweli (, and Carrie Chennault ( by November 19, 2019. Panelists will be notified by November 21 and must complete their conference registration by December 1. 


Upon acceptance, we will ask each panelist to submit a short essay (1000 - 2000 words, plus references) responding to one or more of the above questions, due by January 17, 2019.

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