New pastoral development rhetoric: call for abstracts

Much of the literature on the “myths” of pastoral development is fairly old and a lot has changed in the meantime. Misconceptions and misrepresentations are mutating at a fast pace, and new and much more aggressive and programmatic strands of discourse have emerged. The new rhetoric makes use of the myths of pastoral development that we inherited from colonial times, bureaucratic inertia and bad science, but goes well beyond these. If the old myths served to justify neglect, these new arguments seem more driven by the prospect of present and substantial gains. Nomadic Peoples calls for abstracts for the session on “Lost in mutation: pastoral development rhetoric of the third millennium” at the World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) to be held 5–10 August 2013 in Manchester, UK. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 13 July 2012. For more information, click here.

Posted on 28 May 2012 in News, Pastoralism, Policy & Power, Value of Pastoralism