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Future Pasts research is guided by four core research questions, or overarching project threads:
1. Green materialities
How are ‘the past’ and constructions of ‘pastness’ being fashioned into new green materialities that act to perform ‘green economy’ responses to ecological crisis?
2. Conservation and cultural landscapes
How do the new green materialities identifed in (1) intersect with differing cultural conceptions of environmental change and sustainability?
3. Environmental change
How can archival and repeat landscape photographs anchor understandings of environmental change, constructions of environmental pasts, and visionings of environmental futures?
4. Ecocultural ethics
What normative assumptions underpin contemporary sustainability technologies and innovations, and what are the philosophical implications of juxtaposing these with other(ed) ‘ecocultural’ ethical frameworks?