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YOWB: Anthropocene Stewardship: Linking Ecological Sustainability, Social Justice, and Well-Being in Settler-Colonial Hawai’i

Matza, Tomas (2023) YOWB: Anthropocene Stewardship: Linking Ecological Sustainability, Social Justice, and Well-Being in Settler-Colonial Hawai’i. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023.

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My project is an ethnographic study of ‘āina [land] stewardship in the Hawaiian Islands. Mirroring global trends in environmental governance, ‘āina stewardship has re-emerged in Hawai’i as a response to Anthropocene crises. Drawing on biocultural knowledge, this land ethic and practice seeks to address ecological problems (species loss, climate change) and social challenges (resource scarcity, environmental injustice) holistically. This project builds on my two decades of research on governance and well-being in Russia and El Salvador, and extends those foci in an extra-clinical, multi-species direction. Specifically, the project will explore how Hawaiian communities and conservation-oriented NGOs attempt to merge ecological sustainability with social justice through stewardship. What sorts of social relations and practices constitute ‘āina stewardship? How does this practice pertain to broader dimensions of well-being, such as the embodied emotional geographies between people and place (Sultana 2011), or a sense of having a stake in Hawai’i’s future? The project addresses the Year of Emotional Wellbeing theme by focusing on how land stewardship supports both biodiversity and the well-being of human communities, while extending conceptualizations of well-being in a multi-species direction. A Priming Grant would help me sustain fieldwork while I seek external grants.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Matza, TomasTAM124@pitt.edu0000-0003-0774-7070
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2023
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/a7zv-nn06
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Priming Grants - Social Sciences, which includes Business, Policy, Law, Education, Informatics, and Social Work
Other ID: 6120
Additional Information: Poster will be added by March 1, 2023.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 22:00
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 15:53


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