CANCELLED - Andrew Flachs - "Cultivating Knowledge" - Molly Doane

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Andrew Flachs

 

 

**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**

Andrew Flachs discusses Cultivating Knowledge: Biotechnology, Sustainability, and the Human Cost of Cotton Capitalism in India. He will be joined in conversation by Molly Doane. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: A single seed is more than just the promise of a plant. In Cultivating Knowledge anthropologist Andrew Flachs draws on 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork 2012-2018 to show how rural farmers come to plant genetically modified or certified organic cotton during a moment of agrarian crisis. Interweaving ethnographic detail, discussions of ecological knowledge, and deep history, Flachs uncovers the unintended consequences of new technologies, which offer great benefits to some—but at others’ expense. By comparing the experiences of farmers engaged with these mutually exclusive visions for the future of agriculture, Cultivating Knowledge investigates the human responses to global agrarian change. It illuminates the local impact of global changes: the slow, persistent dangers of pesticides, inequalities in rural life, the aspirations of people who grow fibers sent around the world, the place of ecological knowledge in modern agriculture, and even the complex threat of suicide. It all begins with a seed.

About the authorDr. Andrew Flachs researches food and agriculture systems, exploring genetically modified crops, heirloom seeds, and our own microbiomes. An assistant professor of anthropology at Purdue University, his work among farmers in North America, the Balkans, and South India investigates ecological knowledge and technological change in agricultural systems spanning Cleveland urban gardens and Indian GM cotton fields. Andrew's research has been supported by public and private institutions including the Department of Education, the National Geographic Society, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and the Volkswagen Foundation, while his writing on agricultural development has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed publications, the Global Health Hub, and the National Geographic magazine.

About the interlocutor: Molly Doane is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of Stealing Shining Rivers: Agrarian Conflict, Market Logic, and Conservation in a Mexican Forest (University of Arizona Press, 2012), which explores the attempts of an NGO-led social movement to incorporate an agenda of local autonomy into a “mainstream” environmental conservation project in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is also the co-editor of Critical Green Engagements: Investigating the Green Economy and Its Alternatives, an environmental book series published by University of Arizona Press, and is on the editorial boards of the journals, Environment and Society and North American Dialogue.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637