Join us for this special Salon duc tape on Friday November 9th, where local scholar and activist, Octavius Jones will lead us in a discussion around conservation work and Indigenous ways of knowing and understanding our relationship to what we call nature and animals.
The complexity of climate change and the web of interlocking issues that comprise it require greater collaboration and cooperation across scholarly disciplines, cultures, and continents. This research is one small contribution to the growing canon of work that seeks to understand the past and present epistemologies and actions that led to envisioning the type of future that could restore and conserve the lands and cultures of human and nonhuman species on the planet.
Octavius’s educational journey led him to examine Western concepts of ecological conservation that get framed as a desire to save nature and ecological spaces from the ravages of human contact and destruction. This approach examines how framing humans and nature as opposites in an antagonistic relationship work in ways that are counterproductive for conservation research. Thus, an important aim in this work is to bring the scholarship of feminist Indigenous scholars into dialogue with conservation research and its practices and see what can be useful for conservation research that can help chart out a better ecological future for all who live on Earth.