Friday, March 9, 2018 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sian Sullivan  

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Making nature investable? Considering some outcomes of coupling ‘nature’ with ‘capital’


The contemporary moment of global ecological crisis is also a moment wherein ‘nature’ is being named and framed as ‘natural capital’. The term ‘natural capital’ is a potent metaphorical device asserting that one multiplicitous category, namely ‘nature’, can be known through invoking another multiplicitous category, namely ‘capital’. This paper considers some implications of coupling these two complex categories, focusing in particular on the financing and development of conserved natures as capital assets.
Sian Sullivan is an environmental anthropologist working at the intersections between culture, nature and finance, with the objective of supporting just and equitable environmental policies. Since 1992, and through a longstanding collaboration with the Namibian NGO Save the Rhino Trust, she has conducted ethnographic and ecological research in north-west Namibia. Currently she is Professor of Environment and Culture in the Research Centre for Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University and Principal Investigator for two AHRC research projects (Future Pasts and Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts). Recently she has explored alternative modes of sharing research with diverse audiences by curating the multi-media art exhibition Future Pasts: Landscape, Memory and Music in West Namibia at Gallery 44AD in Bath (July-Aug 2017).


Co-Sponsored by: Geography and Planning, Center for Ethics, School of Environment, Political Science, Canadian Studies and Development Seminar



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