Sfaa Panel

beyond environmental injustice


Tim Schütz, Prerna Srigyan, Kaitlyn Rabach
Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine

Cite as

Schütz, Tim, Srigyan, Perna, Rabach, Kaitlyn. 2021. SfAA Panel: Beyond Environmental Injustice. 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, March 22-27, 2021.

Panel 1 (PR 23-1)

Ethnographers and Civic Data Infrastructure: Insights from Environmental Activists (Tim Schütz)

Environmental civic data are data that help turn entangled economic, environmental and public health issues into matters of public concern. Activists encounter data gaps but also collect huge amounts of data over years of work. Both point to a need for civic data ...Read more

Building Public Works Across Borders: The Potential of Open Access Community Archiving (Gina Hakim)

In the highlands of Michoacán, Mexico, the residents of the village of Urequío have built their own water infrastructure, drawing on groundwater sources for access to running water. Residents maintain infrastructure and manage contamination risks in the absence of government support and...Read more

The (Systems and) Scales of Energy Justice: On the Multi-dimensional Stakes of a Just Energy Transition (James Adams)

Though Austin, Texas has an impressive history of pairing city growth and development with a strong commitment to a renewable energy transition, this “green-growth” success story is also deeply entangled with the continued displacement and disparagement of the city’s black and brown...Read more

Writing Justice: Teaching Environmental Politics through Experimental Writing (Tanya Matthan)

How can writing facilitate student understandings of and action around environmental in/justice? Joining conversations on radical pedagogies, this paper reflects on modes of teaching environmental politics through the written form. Drawing on the experience of teaching a seminar on water...Read more

Repertoires of Knowledge in Times of Pandemic: Insight on the Fridays for Future Movement in Mexico (Mariana Arjona Soberón)

The Fridays for Future environmental movement in Mexico has undergone a significant transformation process through the material limitations imposed by the pandemic. The movement went from a performance of reclaiming public spaces and flowing organically between online and offline...Read more

PANEL 1 (PR 23-4)

“Sketching” Environmental Injustices: Collaborative Pedagogies and Case Study Research During COVID-19 (Kaitlyn Rabach)

How do we teach students about the complex terrain of environmental problems today? In our Environmental Injustices (EiJ) course students collaboratively produce three case studies on fast, slow, and combo disasters to research how environmental hazards compound with structural racism,...Read more

Bringing Environmental Justice into Conservation and Stewardship Education (Neak Loucks)

U.S. Conservation movements have excluded histories, perspectives, and interests of marginalized communities, instead centering white, Euroamerican notions of nature, wilderness, and environment. While contemporary conservation communities now express desires for inclusion and equity,...Read more

Schools as environmental health governance actors? (Nadine Tanio)

In this presentation we share findings from our ongoing community participatory research project examining pK-12 Covid-19 governance and the layered constructions of student “well-being” at two schools located in the San Gabriel Valley. While the pandemic immediately forced educators into...Read more

Epistemic Justice through Community-Engaged Research: Using Ethnography to Build Environmental Data Literacy (Katie Cox)

Environmental justice (EJ) advocacy relies heavily on environmental science, but environmental data is often inaccessible or illegible to community residents and activists engaged in EJ work. Anthropologists have documented the role of such epistemic injustice in the perpetuation of...Read more

Teaching Environmental Injustice: Collaborative commitments and graduate work in American anthropology (Prerna Srigyan)

Teaching of anthropology produces a grammar of labour within graduate school: coursework/fieldwork, fieldworker/interlocutor, assisting/researching, advisor/advisee, dissertation/monograph. What kind of collaborative commitments are thought and practiced within this grammar, and to what...Read more