A Matter of Place: in- and trans- situ biodiversity conservation

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    At the Potato Park in the Andes, Quechua farmers are re-integrating native potatoes repatriated from the International Potato Center (CIP) gene bank into their farming systems, along with recuperating their laws and culinary traditions. In the Southeastern United States, immigrants and refugees  are reconstructing place through homegardens and orchards comprised of plants from the homeland procured through a memory-laden network. By reclaiming or re-planting  their cultural and biological legacies, people elaborate an out-of-place sense of place, whether the displacement is temporal or spatial.  What constitutes these challenges and responses, and what consequences do these movements and countermovements have on biodiversity? In the context of globalization, migration, and exile we need to understand conservation as countermemory, one that results in affective re-placement of what has shifted.