Exploring the zeitgeist of resources and power, political ecology employs the concept of environmental imaginaries as the constellation of ideas that groups of humans develop about a given environment (Davis 2012). Intersecting imaginaries exist in every context and are developed by every society. Employed by hegemonic actors, taking a form of “environmental orientalism”, they however frequently fuel imperial and colonial projects. Our project takes a cue from Sherry Ortner’s “good anthropology” (2016) and collaboratively investigates social initiatives into, what we tentatively call, restorative imaginaries. Our critical question is two-fold:
What makes, or could make, restorative imaginaries socio-culturally impactful in the given context?
How shall we creatively and constructively work with such imaginaries to provoke new approaches to the ecological crisis?”
THoR is open to new participants: we invite all scholars (from all disciplines, at all levels), as well as artists, teachers, activists, bloggers, para-academics, and community organizers etc., who are passionate about engaged scholarship to participate in a lively conversation about “Taking the Humanities on the Road.” Specifically, we ask you to join one of our CoLABS.