Landscape transformation: What does power have to do with it?

11 May 2018, Eastern Standard Time (EST)

As part of the Global Landscapes Forum’s Digital Summit series, this 1.5-hour online event titled “Landscape transformation: What does power have to do with it?” will look at how various actors can control land and transform landscapes.

Many different kinds of actors are involved in landscape transformations – indigenous landholders, small-scale farmers, agri-business corporations, land titling agencies, and forest conservation departments, to name just a few. Each actor has their own vision of how landscapes should be arranged, and who should be permitted to do what with the land. These visions sometimes overlap, but often they conflict and collide, bringing questions of power to the fore.

This Digital Summit outlines the “powers of exclusion” framework for analyzing how different actors are able to control land and transform landscapes, and what happens when agendas conflict. Illustrations will be drawn from different scales (regional to local) with a focus on Southeast Asia, and will be used to highlight implications for policy, advocacy and practice. The webinar will also include an open forum for Q&A.

The presenters are Derek Hall, Philip Hirsch and Tania Murray Li, co-authors of Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (2011, National University of Singapore and University of Hawaii Press), and the webinar will be moderated by CIFOR gender research coordinator Bimbika Sijapati Basnett.

Participation is free and open to all. Participants are simply asked to actively engage in the online discussion, and will need a reliable internet connection and a computer or tablet running any browser. For more information and to register, visit the announcement page.

Further reading: Social impacts of oil palm in Indonesia: A gendered perspective from West Kalimantan