On 27 and 28 January 2017, the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 923 “Threatened Order – Societies under Stress” at the University of Tübingen hosted an international workshop on “Knowing Soils: An Anthropology of Agricultural Knowledge”. Organized by the research group “Salinization and soil degradation as threats to the agrarian orders in Russia, Kazakhstan/ Tajikistan and Australia since 1945,” the workshop offered an interdisciplinary platform where historians, politica...

September 28, 2017

Like a weevil in a flour jar, a mole in a hole, an earthworm in a pile of loam. This is how I felt during the inaugural Soil Care Network workshop. As someone who has moved between researching soil as an ecologist and as a human geographer, between the academy and practice I was very excited to learn of this new interdisciplinary initiative.

Soil is an ideal medium, concept and set of practices to bring a diversity of people together. This was well illustrated in Sheffield thi...

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