AAS 2021 Annual Conference

March 25-28 |Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center & Seattle Sheraton Grand Hotel


Deadline for Receipt of All Proposals is August 4, 2020.

Deadline to submit post for this forum is July 30, 2020

Welcome to the AAS2021 Call for Proposals online forum page.  If you are an organizers looking for additional participants to join your session proposal or if you are an author seeking to join a session proposal, the AAS has set up this forum page to assist you in your participation at the 2021 AAS Annual Conference.


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Last Post 02 Aug 2020 01:06 AM by  Ahmad Dhiaulhaq
Plantationocene in Southeast Asia
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Aida Arosoaie
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16 Jul 2020 09:05 AM
    Plantationocene in Southeast Asia

    The Plantationocene refers to a spatio-temporal epoch rooted in the devastating transformation of diverse kinds of human-tended farms, pastures, and forests into extractive and enclosed plantations, relying on slave labor and other forms of exploited, alienated, and usually spatially transported labor (Haraway 2015, footnote 5: 162). Unlike the Anthropocene or Capitalocene, which position the human at the heart of proclaim the language of the human species through universalist geological and or economic narratives, the Plantationocene invitesoffers a more historically situated origin story for theour current epochmodern world. By placing plantations at the core of the techno-capitalist industrial complex, the Plantationocene enables athe holistic analysis of long-standing patterns of dislocation, relocation and transplantation of both human and the non-human beings around the world, along with related regimes of racialized violence and forced labour, aands well as extractivist logics that decisively and irreversibly transformaltered biodiverse ecologies into monocrop formations.

    Plantation lifeworlds, both past and present, are critical for understanding the social, political, economic, and multispecies dynamics of the Southeast Asia. In this region, Ccolonial plantations introduced, and solidified, capitalist economies, while their reliance on labour migration irreversibly weavinged Eurocentric social and racial hierarchies within the local social fabrics. Importantly, plantationscapes reworked the very materiality of the region, as the introduction of new species, rampant extraction and infrastructural development fundamentally altered geographies and ecosystems, at once severely disrupting more-than-human kinship networks and allowing the emergence of renewed entanglements and relations of belonging on ‘rhizome land’ (Glissant 1977). Along with contemporary plantations in Southeast Asia, such as oil palm, coconut, eucalyptus, and timber or XXX, that oftentimes follow these same logics, (colonial) plantation futures are also here (Mckittrick 2013). Patterns of internal migration, socio-economic inequalities and environmental disasters, though seemingly unrelated to colonial plantations, represent vivid testimonies of their enduring legacies.

    This panel invites papers that explore the historical, contemporary, and speculative form and effects of the Plantationocene in Southeast Asia. We seek contributions that expand our understanding of monocrop ecologies by attending to their human and more-than-human dimensions, their relationship to race, gender, and labor, their imbrication with the transnational and global traffic of life and capital, and their position with colonial and post-colonial imaginaries of development, progress, and the commodification of nature. We are also interested in papers that examine plantations as sites of creativity, resistance, and subaltern activism - of Indigenous survivance and resilience, and of political and epistemic struggles over the meaning of “nature” and the position of humans and other-than-human within it. Of interest to the panel too are papers that offer empirically grounded critiques of the concept and affordances of the Plantationocene itself as a lens through which to understand Southeast Asian societies, economies, and environments, including in relation to other heuristic devices such as the Anthropocene, the Capitalocene, the Chtulucene, and the Planthroposcene.
    Ahmad Dhiaulhaq
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    02 Aug 2020 01:06 AM
    Dear Dr Arosoaie,
    Thank you for organizing this panel. I am very much interested to be part of the discussion and present our research in this panel. My current research related to conflict resolution and access to justice in palm oil plantation conflicts in Indonesia. The research also includes understanding communities' resistance and NGO activism to achieve justice and resolve their conflict problems. This paper draws its conclusion from a comparative study of over 150 cases of conflict related to palm oil expansion in four Indonesian provinces. Do you think this topic would fit to your panel? If yes, would you mind sending me information on how to contact you or to submit my proposed abstract?
    Thank you.

    Kind regards,
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