Working Group (2016-)

Moving Crops and the Scale of History

In order to examine and explore the entangled dynamics characterising the transfer, adaptation or reproduction of crop-systems we propose the concept of cropscape: the heterogeneous elements or actors assembled in a specific spatial and chronological location in order to make and grow that crop: plants, people, ideas, skills, tastes, environment, equipment, labour, pests, markets, etc. The project examines how cropscapes emerge and evolve, and how they move (or fail to move), sometimes as whole assemblages and sometimes as separate elements: a crop species, a mode of cultivation, an expert or associated life-form, an institution or a motivating ideology. 

Moving Crops: The Project