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UK Research and Innovations (2020)

Historicising Natures, Cultures and Laws in the Etosha-Kunene Conservation Territories of Namibia

Natures Cultures Laws Namibia

Titre : Historicising Natures, Cultures and Laws in the Etosha-Kunene Conservation Territories of Namibia

Pays/Région : Namibia

Durée : févr. 20 - janv. 23

Référence projet : AH/T013230/1
Catégorie : Research Grant

Résumé partiel
How can conservation of biodiversity-rich landscapes come to terms with the past [Vergangenheitsbewältigung], given historical contexts of extreme social exclusion and marginalisation ?

How can key biodiversity areas whose global value rests on ahistorical ideas of Nature resist an uncritical presentism, to be better understood as entangled with diverse human histories and values ?

How can conservation policy and practice recognise deep cultural and linguistic differences around ’the nature of nature’ ?

Our research responds to these questions through a cross-disciplinary humanities programme analysing dynamic dimensions of conservation territories in the Kunene Region of the former German colony that is now Namibia. Kunene’s Etosha National Park and neighbouring beyond-Etosha conservation designations are home to diverse indigenous and marginalised peoples. Our research team of three women academics in Germany, the UK and Namibia has a combined 50+ years of ethnographic, archival, oral history and livelihoods enquiry in Etosha-Kunene. We propose a new collaborative three-year programme of six intersecting work packages (WPs) :

Lead Research Organisation : Bath Spa University

Financement : Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Budget  : £327 023

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