A lecture by Travis Cox @ CIIS on October 23rd at 6:30pm in room 560.
ABSTRACT: Industrial agriculture has taken over as the dominant form of food production globally, resulting in alternative production methods converging as a sustainable counter. Unfortunately, the ideological and metaphysical underpinnings of these alternative agricultural philosophies have been ignored as have the metaphysics of industrial agriculture. Using transpersonal ecology as a disciplinary analogue, this talk discusses an ideological commonality among alternative agricultural theorists, such that the term transpersonal agroecology covers their beliefs like the term transpersonal ecology covers the commonality of deep ecologists. The commonality is threefold. First, theorists are united in opposition against the scientism and economism that make up the productionist mentality. Second, there is awareness that in the practice of sustainable agriculture there is a process for and experience of identification with the beings on the farm, and with the farm itself. Finally, theorists contribute to the transpersonal conversation through their emphasis on values, alternative methodologies, and spirit.
Travis Cox is a Ph.D. candidate at Iowa State University in Sustainable Agriculture and Assistant Professor in and Co-Director of the undergraduate department in Sustainable Living at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. He received his Master’s in Philosophy and Religion, with an emphasis in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His research and teaching interests include sustainability and its intersections with social movements and social justice, education, metaphysics and spirituality, environmental philosophy, consciousness, and agriculture.