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Join us for our weekly seminar series, this week featuring Dr. Julie Silva on "Decolonizing Geographical Knowledge: Reflections on the Inconvenient Case of Rhino Horns."



As Radcliffe (2017) notes, decolonizing geography is an uncomfortable process, especially for members of privileged groups. Within economic geography, recent engagement with non-Western conceptualizations of well-being is a hopeful development in a field dominated by Western scholars. Amartya Sen’s capability approach offers a promising framework for evaluating integrated conservation and rural development efforts in a manner more deeply informed by contextually relevant worldviews, values, and wider socio-economic relations. Yet the success of such a project rests on the ability of Western scholars to work towards decolonizing the knowledge production that takes place within contemporary academic research. Alternative narratives of progress, and actions taken to realize these alternatives, can raise difficult questions. For example, what if some societies desire a future that is unpalatable to Western conservation ideals? In this personal narrative, I draw on my experiences researching multidimensional poverty and inequality in southern Africa. Focusing on the economic development generated by illegal rhino hunting, I reflect on some moral and ethical predicaments that arise when resisting and rethinking hegemonic Western ideologies of progress.

Zoom Meeting Information:
URL: https://zoom.us/j/99193968299?pwd=dEF4aXUzNTNubmJLaWxoWHFVdTZ4Zz09
Meeting ID: 991 9396 8299
Meeting Password: 6QnC6d

Headshot of Dr. Julie Silva