Farmlands, or agricultural landscapes, captures the interest of a number of researchers based at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. On this blog we share information about research findings, activities, events and comments related to our work.

Our interest in farmlands has three roots: farming, landscape and society.
Farming as a practice, including farmers knowledge and labour investments
Landscape as society-nature relations, congealed history, and as space and place
Society as a short form for institutions, gender relations, political economy and scientific relevance

Most Welcome to FarmLandS!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Reading suggestions for the summer

The summer is approaching and (hopefully) you will have enough time available to read some popular/fictional literature. Here comes my suggestion! 

I just finished reading the memoir One day I will write about this place by Binyavanga Wainaina a Kenyan writer who is a contributor to several international magazine as the Guardian and has been recently nominated by the TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in 2014. With both parents from Uganda in his memoir Wainaina writes about growing up in Nakuru and recalls the political development of his country - and to some extent of South Africa where he attended university - from the Moi regime until the 2010 elections. I found it a fascinating and illuminating piece of work reflecting both on personal and national struggles. It gives an insider look on Kenyan societal issues in the last 30 years, but it also contains great descriptions of landscapes: personal favorites the bus trips he took to Pokot and Uganda. 

Now, going back to the more academic focus of this blog and adding to the reading suggestions: check out the blog post I recently got published in the London School of Economics and Political Science "Field research lab" blog about member checking! 

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