Land imaginations: the repositioning of farming, productivity, and sovereignty in Australia

Subproject within the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition", Sarah Ruth Sippel, 2016-2020

The project investigates imaginations of the use of land as a resource as expressed by different actors while analysing the spatial orders resulting from practices based upon these imaginations. Land is multidimensional. It symbolizes community, memory, heritage, and identity as well as conquest, dispossession, and expulsion. Land is productive and is thus directly linked to our survival.

The way in which land is imagined has direct consequences for social cooperation and cohesion. Land has increasingly been a focal point of recent discussions on climate change, the growing world population, and the multiple food crises. Land is thereby considered as the last frontier in the rush for vanishing, finite resources and, as a consequence, is also a lucrative financial asset. Through the lens of Australia’s increasing agricultural ties to the Gulf States and China, this project examines the diverse and sometimes conflicting notions of land and agriculture in a global context.

The Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with more than €1.4 million a year for a period of 4 years. The focus of the new SFB is the investigation of spatial formats and their complex arrangements in spatial orders at a global scale and in various world regions. It is one of the 15 newly established Collaborative Research Centres beginning their activities at the start of 2016 at numerous places throughout Germany. See more details here


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