Wild performatives: Experiments in rewilding at the Knepp Wildland Project

David Overend, Jamie Lorimer

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This article reflects on a two-day creative workshop at Knepp Castle Estate in October 2017. Knepp is the location of a large-scale “rewilding” project established in 2002, which uses free-roaming herbivores to cultivate habitat change and restore natural processes. Using collaborative performance-making strategies, participants attempted to respond and contribute to the complex ecology of the site, exploring the potential for productive exchanges between human and nonhuman actors. The article focusses on a series of “wild performatives” that occurred during the event. Considering three possible applications of this concept, it investigates a range of affective encounters with ecologies, performances, and conceptualizations of rewilding.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-542
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Early online date26 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • conservation
  • Knepp
  • performance
  • rewilding
  • transdisciplinarity


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  • Performing Wild Geographies

    Overend, D., Schreve, D. & Lorimer, J.


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