CALL FOR PAPERS – AESS Annual Meeting: Linking Rural and Urban Societies and Ecologies

AESSThe Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) is pleased to announce our 2013 Annual Meeting – co-hosted by Duquesne University and Chatham University – on June 19-22, 2013 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

A major aim of AESS is to encourage engagement with today’s socio-ecological challenges by serving the needs of environmental scholars and scientists who value interdisciplinary approaches to research, teaching, and problem-solving (learn more about our association here; our journal here). The meetings provide an incredible opportunity to engage with a diverse range of environmental scholars and practitioners through sessions, workshops, receptions, and excellent plenary talks. AESS is particularly accessible to young scholars and students, providing opportunities to network and grow.

Pittsburgh provides a compelling setting to explore this year’s theme: Linking Rural and Urban Societies and Ecologies

As we think of ways to bridge the rural/urban divide, we are fortunate to have a venue that showcases this theme very well. Pittsburgh is a post-industrial city that has reinvented itself through higher learning institutions and the health care industry. However, the urban center is embedded in the vast rural region of Northern Appalachia, with legacies of agriculture, tourism, resource extraction, and manufacturing. There will be several field trips that explore these socio-environmental histories (e.g. urban farms, mining legacies, the Cultural District, and the Strip District). Conference participants will have ample opportunities to explore one of the most livable cities in the U.S. (learn more at

Please consider participating in the 2013 conference. We are currently accepting proposals for organized workshops, symposia, panels, and roundtables; the deadline is December 13. The deadline for individual papers and posters is March 1, 2013.

For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website or contact the 2013 program chair, Nancy Rich, at