How does tourism shape the landscape and conservation efforts? How does conservation intersect with the rights of indigenous peoples such as the Maasai?
Ben Gardner will explore the ways in which the Maasai have organized to fight for their rights against conservation efforts and how conservation is not always friendly to native peoples.
Ben Gardner '93 is Associate Professor of Global Studies, Environmental Studies and Cultural Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell and chair of African Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His ethnographic research on the cultural politics of the environment, the political economy of development, and the post-colonial state have taken him to long-term field work with the Maasai.