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Conferința "Mobilities, land use, and ecological crises in Europe’s peripheries"
Hosman, Romania, 13-16 September 2023 – offline and online conference
Biblioteca Universității "Lucian Blaga" din Sibiu este partener în organizarea conferinței
"Mobilities, land use, and ecological crises in Europe’s peripheries", care se va desfășura în perioada 13 - 16 septembrie 2023, la Hosman. Mai jos aveți detaliile de participare, în limba engleză.
Call for papers
Global agriculture is deeply affected by ecological crises, industrial production increases pressures on communities and on the environment, and the continuous expansion of (mega)cities consumes their hinterlands. All these processes are overwritten by migration/mobilities and have profound consequences on land uses.
Tracing these processes in Eastern Europe and other regions of high emigration becomes increasingly important, as these regions generate large migratory flows, which then shape land uses both at home and in destination places. Rural communities are profoundly shaped by high emigration and aging populations.
More critically, return pulls in these regions impact local economies while these regions are prominent in political debates and elections in the national arenas. The COVID-19 pandemic crisis opened up important questions regarding the dependency of European agriculture on precarious seasonal work. The growing literature on seasonal workers in agriculture – including on Eastern European migrants – indicates agricultural workers as essential workers in developed countries.
This conference guides the attention toward countries of origin and countries experiencing different forms of mobility: out-migration, return, and immigration. In this sense, it investigates how migration and work regimes are transforming agriculture and rural population in the European periphery and other similar regions.
As the literature on seasonal workers in European agriculture focuses almost exclusively on countries of destination, our focus is rather a on return migration. Secondly, the conference enlarges the scope of the research by looking not just at agricultural workers, but also at returnees, entrepreneurs, and self-employed in agriculture, part of which may have been agricultural workers at a certain point in time, while others may have had a different migratory career. In addition, as many migrants live transnational lives and are separated from their families for long periods of time, we ask how such relations intersect and influence agricultural work and land use practices.
In this sense, inquiries into different forms of international mobilities help us explain the relationship between other mobile subjects: migrants, migrants’ families, returnees, and investors, and how they influence agriculture and land use in countries of origin of large migratory flows.
Finally, the global ecological crisis induces often dramatic changes all along the migratory routes in agriculture. Different categories of mobile people started to have a different understanding of ecology and land-as-value. Whereas debates on climate change have long started, climate change and climate risks are only recently felt concretely by many people.
As farmers learn about their impact on the soil, crops, and water use and balance commercial with climate responsibility, society-land relations are deeply transformed on and by rural sites.
How people engage with land also differs from those inclined to invest in technology to others who simply abandon cultivating the land in their countries of origin, yet not agriculture entirely, as they may remain to work in the fields in developed countries.
We approach the nexus between land use, mobility, and ecological crises from a mobility and transnationalism perspective looking at how different mobilities shape and are shaped by agricultural practices and the new challenges posed by massive ecological change.
Environmental dislocations, mobility, and land use
Pioneer-returned entrepreneurs in agriculture
Lifestyle and utopian migrants involved in agriculture
Transnational families and land use
Land and rural capitalism Eastern Europe’s ‘new peasantries’: how mobility and IT usage change local populations
Seasonal work and health
Essential but precarious: seasonal work in the European agriculture
Immigrant workers in agriculture in new countries of destination
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania, and Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania
Anghel, Remus Gabriel, Ph.D., Professor, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration & ISPMN, Romania
Roxana Bărbulescu, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Leeds, UK , Vesalon Lucian, PhD, Associate Professor, West University of Timișoara, Romania, Valer Simion Cosma, PhD, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
Date and location
The conference will take place between 13-16 September 2023 in Hosman (Hosmengen), Transylvania, Romania.
Hosman is a romantic Transylvanian village located 25 km distance from Sibiu (Hermannstadt), Romania. More on the location is here https://www.facebook.com/Hosman.Romania/
Online participation is possible. Travel costs (accommodation, meals, and low-cost flights) will be covered by organizers.
The aim of the conference is to enhance dialogue on the relationship between mobility and land use. Selected papers will be part of a common publication project.
Paper delivery : Abstract delivery 1 st of April 2023
Paper delivery 15th of July 2023 (tentative)
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