Invasion Ecologies: Weeds and the landscape of memory
Conférence de Jonathan Padwe (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) à l’INALCO organisée par Laurent Coumel (INALCO), le 20 avril 2022.
Avec la participation de Cyrian Pitteloud (CRJ-CCJ) comme discutant, avec Marie Aberdam (CASE, INALCO) & Alexandra De Mersan (CASE, INALCO).
Jonathan Padwe participe au Programme Professeurs invités de l’EHESS, sur proposition de Catherine Scheer & Paul Sorrentino (CASE UMR8170).
The First and Second Indochina Wars created the conditions under which plant species previously unknown in the region became established in the landscape of northeast Cambodia. Ecologists refer to such plants as “invasive species.” By assigning these globally-traveling invasive species the names “American thorn” and “Airplane weed” respectively, Jarai highland farmers’ folk taxonomic practices inscribe memory of the past into the landscape of the present. Struggles to extirpate these “foreign invaders” from their farm fields thus open up a field of meaning and invite moral reckonings with the past and its lingering effects. This seminar explores the practices of memory through which folk taxonomies make landscapes meaningful to their residents.
Vendredi 20 avril 2022, 17h30-19h30
INALCO, Salle 3.05