CALL FOR PAPERS – Indigenous resurgence, Decolonization, and Movements for Environmental Justice

Thematic Focus: Indigenous resurgence, Decolonization, and Movements for Environmental Justice
in Environment and Society: Advances in Research
Guest Editor: Jaskiran Dhillon
Forthcoming: Volume IX (2018)
Abstracts due: 30 November 2016

About the Issue
This volume of Environment and Society aims to set forth a theoretical and discursive interruption of the dominant environmental justice movement by reframing issues of climate change and environmental degradation through an anti-colonial lens. Specifically, we are interested in positioning environmental justice within historical, social, political, and economic contexts and larger structures of power that foreground the relationships among settler colonialism, nature, and planetary devastation. In doing so, we hope to: 1) illuminate how mainstream environmental justice politics are inherently preoccupied with the maintenance of settler state sovereignty and settler futurity 2) showcase how Indigenous struggles to protect and defend the land, water, and air are embedded within Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies that fundamentally challenge settler domination over nature and are inextricably linked to advancing decolonization.

Topics for this issue could include, but are not limited to:

  • leadership, as it relates to environmental justice, within Indigenous Nations
  • the centrality of extractive industrialism in capitalist expansion for settler colonies
  • the relationship between extractive industries and violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people
  • environmental racism, toxic dumping, and the lived experiences of front-line communities—environmental damage as colonial violence
  • Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies and their relationship to land, water, air, and human and non-human relations
  • challenges and possibilities for solidarity building and politicized allyship between Indigenous peoples and settlers concerned with environmental justice
  • settler conceptions of land as “resource”
  • decolonization, Indigenous governance, and environmental justice
  • Indigenous political resistance against the fossil fuel industry
  • the militarization of the North

About Environment & Society
Environment & Society is a review journal that appears once per year. Its papers are meant to review substantial bodies of literature that have appeared in previous years and that might be new to scholars outside of the social sciences and humanities. We expect therefore contributions to this issue to contain substantial literature reviews. We also find, however, that the best authors and papers tend to include original material in their work.


  • Abstracts due – November 30, 2016
  • Notifications back to authors – December 15, 2016
  • Papers due – July 31, 2017
  • Papers published – Spring 2018

Abstracts may be up to 250 words and should be sent here. All inquiries should be sent here.