Ben Gardner presents on conservation politics and violence in Tanzania

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African Students AssociationDecember 1, 2014 - IAS faculty member Ben Gardner presented “A Commodity Chain Analysis of the Serengeti Landscape: How Saving Nature Legitimizes Dispossession” at the 2014 annual meeting of the African Studies Association. Gardner presented his work on the panel “African Wildlife in the Crossfire: Rethinking Conservation Violence, Reconstruction and Reconciliation.” Connecting visual, and textual analysis with his ethnographic work in Tanzania, Gardner showed how trans-national non-profit organizations use social media to educate the public about the history, meaning and value of African conservation, and how they mobilize this knowledge to help justify evictions for conservation.