CALL FOR PAPERS – Dimensions of Political Ecology: Conference on Nature/Society

The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group invites you to participate in the third annual Dimensions of Political Ecology: Conference on Nature/Society
to take place from February 28 – March 3, 2013
at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Featured speakers include Dr. Ariel Salleh (Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney) and Dr. Arun Agrawal (School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan).

This conference provides an opportunity to critically examine perspectives on human-environment relationships and to foster interdisciplinary discussions among a diverse group of scholars. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with and receive feedback from cutting edge researchers through sharing their work in an intimate setting.

We encourage submissions from all individuals who are engaged in research on the ecological dimensions of political, economic, social, and scientific research regardless of their topical, theoretical, or methodological frameworks, including but not limited to:

  • Environmental justice
  • Ecological modernization
  • Environmental history
  • Science and technology studies
  • Global urbanization
  • Environmental law
  • Restoration ecology
  • Political economy of nature
  • Genetic technology
  • Commons, enclosures, and land tenure
  • Environmental risk
  • Resource management and conservation
  • Non-equilibrium ecology
  • Scholar/activist relationships
  • Critical physical geography
  • Landscape studies
  • Infrastructure
  • Environmental discourse and policy
  • Feminist political ecology
  • Sustainability
  • Urban political ecology
  • Cultural ecology
  • Environmental sociology
  • Food security and sustainable agriculture
  • Knowledge production
  • Environmental Governance

Conference Highlights:

 Paper sessions: These will include 3 or 4 presenters with a discussant or 5 presenters without a discussant (each presenter will generally have 15 to 20 minutes to present with time for discussion). We are especially interested in accepting organized sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in organizing a session, but session organizers are also encouraged to circulate their own CFPs.

Panel on Scholar / Activist Collaboration: As part of an effort to build connections between scholars and activists, we will be sponsoring a panel dedicated to fostering collaborative research projects between researchers and activists.

Undergraduate Student Symposium: This symposium provides undergraduate students with a forum to present their work, receive useful feedback, and connect with graduate students and faculty with similar research foci.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competitions: UKPEWG is excited to announce we will be sponsoring two paper competitions. Please look for additional information to be emailed and posted on our website for application instructions for each competition.

Field Trips: These trips will focus on contemporary issues related to political ecology in the greater Kentucky bluegrass region. Past field trips have included trips to mountaintop removal sites in the region, meetings with seed saving organizations, and trips to local farms.

Submission of Abstracts and Registration

Abstracts or proposals should be 200 – 300 words in length and include three to five keywords. Please include: your name, any titles or affiliations you would like listed in the program, and an email address (please specify if you do not want your email included in the program). All presenters must register online for the conference and pay the sliding registration fee.

Please visit to register. Registration will open on November 1, 2012. The deadline for abstract submissions is December 1, 2012. As we move closer to the conference date, more information on travel arrangements, field trips, and an updated list of speakers will be posted on the conference website.

Please email with any questions.