This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on the use and regulation of synthetic pesticides in agriculture since 1945. Rather than focusing exclusively on the historical angle, it will bring together scholarship on the effects on synthetic pesticides on biodiversity and health, on the pesticides industry, on trade relations, and on global governance and international organisations.
In doing so, the workshop intends to challenge the top-down, institutional perspective inherent in many existing studies and direct new attention to those actors in direct contact with pesticides: peasants, farmers, rural laborers, industrial workers, producers, and consumers. Class, race, and gender relations have played and continue to play a key role in how risks associated with pesticides are discussed and perceived, and that it is important to incorporate the social and cultural perspective inherent in such discussions more systematically.
This event is open to Environmental cluster members and to externals upon inviation only.