AAA 2017, CFP: Anthropology Matters in Agricultural and Forestry Extension

 

Call for papers/discussants for the American Anthropological Association 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.

Anthropology Matters in Agricultural and Forestry Extension

Throughout the world, agricultural and forestry extension efforts constitute one of the major methods by which individuals, educational and research institutes, NGOs, governments, development agencies, and bi- and multi-lateral entities interface with local farmers and private landowners. Extension efforts frequently involve exchanges of knowledge, the promotion of new technologies, and efforts to modify ideas and behaviors related to improving agricultural production and managing forest resources.

Agricultural and forestry extension interactions occur at a variety of scales. In some contexts, farmers and landowners organize into associations that may represent or advocate for their respective constituencies at local, regional, or national levels. Extension agents frequently play a pivotal role in many of these exchanges, serving as a bridge between institutions and individuals or associations. Extension activities also frequently engender a high level of interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration between social and natural sciences.

The classic extension station represents a physical site of intervention, encounter, demonstration, and experimentation, with the goal of transferring subsequent activities to occur on farmers’ lands or landowners’ property. Similar dilemmas and opportunities that confront anthropologists working within or at the periphery of development paradigms exist within the frame of agricultural and forestry extension.

This panel explores anthropological contributions to the study of interactions between farmers and private landowners, associations, extension agents, natural and social scientists, and institutions researching or engaging in agricultural or forestry extension efforts.

A central unifying thread of this panel is that anthropology matters in extension; anthropologists have much to contribute when it comes to understanding and advocating for important perspectives in extension efforts. Such anthropological contributions may include bridging understanding between natural and social scientists, the promotion of human rights perspectives, advocating for participatory methods that can better understand and therefore better advocate for the needs and concerns of farmers and private landowners, contributions to policy formation related to extension, and many others.

If you are interested in serving as a discussant or presenting a paper for this AAA panel, please contact Andrew Tarter at: andrew.tarter@ufl.edu by April 2nd.

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