Call for papers for Panel 140 at the 4th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS4), to be held in Uppsala, Sweden, 15-18 June 2011 http://www.nai.uu.se/ecas-4/
Consequences of Conversions to Private Wildlife Conservation and Production: Land, Labour, and Legislation
We invite you to submit abstracts to the panel on Consequences of Conversions to Private Wildlife Conservation and Production: Land, Labour, and Legislation at the 4th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 4) that will take place from 15-18 June 2011 in Uppsala, Sweden. ECAS 4 is co-organised by the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) and the research network African Studies in Europe (AEGIS). The overall theme of the conference is "African Engagements: On Whose Terms?"
Deadline: 7 January 2011
Outline panel topic:
This panel addresses the role of the private sector in conservation and development. In Southern and East Africa, there’s a growing trend to convert commercial farms/ranches to wildlife-based forms of land-use. In this panel we seek to understand the driving forces behind these conversions. Furthermore, we will explore possible impacts of these conversions on farm dwellers - i.e. farm labourers, (former) labour and rent-paying tenants and their families – and neighbouring communities in terms of changing labour relations, job opportunities, and access to land and other natural resources.
The panel builds on a research project currently conducted in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces in South Africa. Research is ongoing to determine the driving forces behind the conversions, the scale and extent of the trend in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, policy and legislation issues, and the economics of the different forms of wildlife production – including private game reserves, hunting operations, and venison production. Research is conducted among wildlife producers, their representatives, and relevant – local and national – government departments. Furthermore, researchers in the project also engage with affected farm-based communities in the two provinces, whose responses are a key focus of the research project. In this panel researchers engaged in the project present preliminary results, but we also invite other researchers involved in related research to send in abstracts. Papers on private sector companies managing national parks and on ‘land grabbing’ in relation to wildlife tourism, for instance, are very much welcomed.
For further information, please contact one of the panel organisers
directly (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Please submit your paper abstract (maximum 400 words) via
Possible panel participants:
Nancy Andrew (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Femke Brandt (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Shirley Brooks (University of the Free State, South Africa)
Tariro Kamuti (University of the Free State University, South Africa)
Nomalanga Mkhize (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Lungisile Ntsebeza (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Dhoya Snijders (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
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