CALL FOR PAPERS: International Society for Environmental Ethics 19th Annual Summer Meeting

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Theme: Perspectives on Environment and Time

The 19th annual summer meeting of the International Society for Environmental Ethics will convene from Wednesday, 29 June to Saturday, 2 July 2022, at Seili island, Finland, situated in the Finnish Archipelago.  The ISEE 2021 meeting was originally scheduled for this location, then moved to virtual format due to the pandemic.  The local organizers have graciously offered to host an in-person meeting in Finland (conditions willing!) in summer 2022.

This call for papers invites 500-word (maximum) proposals for presentations in any topic in environmental philosophy. Proposals may include references, which are not included in the word count.  We particularly encourage proposals for talks concerning issues related to the conference theme, perspectives on environment and time.  Papers related to this theme might consider conceptions of time and their relationship to environmental philosophies; ethical and philosophical questions related to past, present, and future generations; issues associated with complex socio-ecological histories, including histories of racism, colonialism, militarism, displacement, and their relations to environmental ethics; questions of species loss, restoration, rewilding and de-extinction; ecological and social reparations; conceptions of sustainability; imagined futures and futurisms; implications and contestation associated with conceptions of the Anthropocene; or issues of time in relation to global climate change.

Meeting Venue: Seili Island, Finland

The meeting is hosted in a place which – like many places – has a complex and layered history.  Seili Island’s dark history includes a period from the 1600s to the late 1700s during which it served as a hospital where people with leprosy – many of whom were brought forcibly – were isolated from society.  Later, from the 1800s until 1962, Seili Island was the site of an asylum for people identified as suffering from mental illness – primarily women – who were kept in prison-like conditions.  After the asylum closed, the hospital and its utility buildings were turned over to the University of Turku, which opened the Archipelago Research Institute in 1964. 

The facilities of the Archipelago Research Institute will serve as the venue for the ISEE meeting, which will include opportunities to explore the history, culture, and ecology of the area. To reach the island and return to the mainland, we will share a two-hour ferry through the picturesque archipelago, departing from Turku city center.

For more information about the venue, see https://www.visitseili.fi/en/accommodation/

Submission Instructions

Proposals prepared for blind review should be submitted via email to Mikko Puumala mimapuu[at]utu.fi by December 31, 2021. Decisions will be announced by February 15, 2022. Draft papers for pre-read by conference participants will be due June 1, 2022.

For co-authored papers, please indicate in your cover email how many authors plan to attend the conference if the paper is accepted, and which author(s) will be presenting.

Please note that while we plan an in-person meeting, we are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Finland and throughout the world and will modify our plans if necessary.

CFP: ISEE APA Central

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Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) group sessions at the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) which will be held in Chicago, IL from February 23rd-26th 2022. At this point, we hope to be in-person.

ISEE invites submissions of individual papers (approx. 20 minutes in length) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author-meets-critics, etc.). Work in any area of environmental philosophy is welcome, but we encourage work that challenges the traditional boundaries of the discipline.  ISEE aims to build inclusive and welcoming spaces in our conferences, programs, and communications by supporting people of diverse backgrounds and identities, as well as by actively working against discrimination, bias, exclusion.

While active membership in ISEE is required to be added to the meeting program, but submissions from non-members are encouraged. Further, all presenters at these ISEE group sessions must also register for the Central APA.

Submissions

For individual paper submissions, please submit either a 500-word abstract or a full paper(approx. 3000 words). 

For themed sessions, please submit the proposed session title, a brief description of the session, names of all those participating, and titles and 500-word abstracts for each paper/presentation. Themed session participants should be confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward.

Papers presented previously or already accepted for presentation at an ISEE APA group session or ISEE annual meeting will not be considered, and all else equal, priority will be given to those who have not presented at an ISEE meeting or session within the past year.

Materials should be prepared for blind review (please include pertinent information in your email) and emailed to Megs Gendreau (megs.gendreau_at_centre.edu). Please include “ISEE/2022 APA” in the subject line and submit before 5pm (EDT) September 10th, 2021. Questions about the sessions or ISEE may be directed to Megs Gendreau. 

CFP: 2022 ISEE Group Sessions, APA Eastern

Call for Papers
International Society for Environmental Ethics
2022 Eastern Division Meeting of the
American Philosophical Association


Deadline: Monday, June 28, 2021


Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) group sessions at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) which will be held in early January, 2022.

ISEE invites submissions of individual papers (approximately 20 minutes presentation) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author-meets-critics, etc.). People working in any area of ethics related to the environment or environmental issues are encouraged to submit proposals. We are particularly interested in work that extends the scope of environmental ethics to incorporate perspectives and methods that have been historically marginalized or excluded from environmental philosophy as a discipline, or that engages issues of contemporary relevance. ISEE aims to build
inclusive and welcoming spaces in our conferences, programs, and communications by supporting people of diverse backgrounds and identities, as well as by actively working against discrimination, bias, exclusion.

You do not need to be a member of ISEE in order to submit a proposal; however, if your proposal is accepted, you will need to join ISEE in order to be added to the meeting program.1 Please note, also, that all presenters at these ISEE group sessions must also register for the Eastern APA.2 Lastly, because of complications resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the APA does not yet have a confirmed location or dates for the 2022 Eastern meeting.

Submission Procedure:
For individual paper submissions, please submit either: (1) a 500-word abstract, or (2) a full paper
(approx. 3000 words). For themed sessions, please submit the proposed session title, a brief description of the session, names of all those participating, and titles and 500-word abstracts for each paper/presentation. Themed session participants should be confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward. Papers presented previously or already accepted for presentation at an ISEE APA group session or ISEE annual meeting will not be considered, and all else equal, priority will be given to those who have not presented at an ISEE meeting or session within the past year.

Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format to: Marion Hourdequin (ISEE Vice-
President) at mhourdequin@coloradocollege.edu. Please include “ISEE/2022 Eastern APA” in the
subject line. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, June 28, 2021. Any questions about the sessions or ISEE can be directed to Marion Hourdequin at the above email address, and additional information about ISEE can be found on our website: https://enviroethics.org/.


1 ISEE membership is $50, or $35 for students.

2 For the 2021 meeting, registration for the Eastern APA was $100 for APA members and $190 for non-APA members.

CFP: Holmes Rolston III Early Career Essay Prize in Environmental Philosophy

2021 Call for Papers

Holmes Rolston III Early Career Essay Prize in Environmental Philosophy

The International Association for Environmental Ethics is issuing an essay prize open to its members who are scholars in an early stage of their career.

The prize is named in honor of Professor Holmes Rolston III, for his pioneering work in the field of environmental philosophy. Papers are invited on all aspects of environmental philosophy or environmental affairs (with a strong theoretical component).

A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winning essay. All submitted papers that qualify (see conditions) will be reviewed by an Essay Prize Committee of ISEE Officers in consultation with the Editorial Board of Environmental Ethics. The winning essay will be published in the journal Environmental Ethics.

Scholars who have earned their doctorate no more than five years prior to submission are invited to submit an essay. Submissions must be accompanied by a one-page CV to provide evidence of early career status. Only ISEE members are eligible for ISEE awards and prizes.

The word limit is 60,000 characters (including spaces), including notes and references. An abstract of 100-150 words should also be included. Essays must be prepared for blind review.

The essay should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and should not be submitted to any other journal until the outcome of the competition is announced.

Email submission to ISEE President Allen Thompson at <allen.thompson@oregonstate.edu> The closing date for submissions is June 1st, 2021.

CFP: Philosophy in the Wild

Call for Abstracts

Philosophy in the Wild invites abstract submissions for presentations at our inaugural workshop, the theme of which is environmental philosophy, very broadly construed.* This event is an outdoor, technology-free event.

From July 16th to 18th, 2021, participants will camp at Poe Paddy State Park in central Pennsylvania. Activities will include (though will not be limited to) keynote presentations, participant presentations/discussions, and hiking (optional). No prior camping experience is necessary; Philosophy in the Wild can work with participants to help arrange gear rentals.

This event is wheelchair accessible, although the campsite grounds include gravel. 

The event will follow the relevant local directives regarding Covid-19, and plans will be adjusted as needed. 

Please contact philosophywild@gmail.com with any inquiries.

*Environmental philosophy includes, but is not exhausted by, the following themes:

  • Environmental ethics; environmental aesthetics
  • Environmental political philosophy; environmental justice
  • Environment and capitalism
  • Postdevelopment and postcolonial theories
  • Philosophy of nature and metaphysics
  • Environment and social identities, including disability, indigeneity, race, queer ecologies, and ecofeminism
  • Social ecology and ecoanarchism
  • Climate change; sustainability; future generations
  • Urban ecology 
  • Environment and technology
  • Environment and religion
  • Animal ethics and critical animal studies
  • Environment and human flourishing

Abstracts should be approximately 500 words. Please submit your abstract in .pdf format, prepared for anonymous review, to philosophywild@gmail.com. In the body of the email, please include your name, university affiliation, and paper title. Papers should be suitable for a 25-minute presentation and a 25-minute Q&A session. Submissions from members of underrepresented groups in philosophy are especially encouraged.

Submission deadline: February 1, 2021

Decisions announced: April 1, 2021

Date of Workshop: July 16-18, 2021

Keynote Speakers:

Brendan Cline (CSU Channel Islands)

Karen Kovaka (Virginia Tech)

Organized by: Philosophy in the Wild; https://agoffz.wixsite.com/phil-in-the-wild

Contactphilosophywild@gmail.comhttp://bit.ly/2Rv2cRa 

CFP: International Society for Environmental Ethics

CALL FOR PAPERS

for the

International Society for Environmental Ethics

18th Annual Summer Meeting

Wednesday, 30th June

to Saturday 3rd July, 2021

at the

Archipelago Research Institute,

Centre for Environmental Research,

University of Turku,

Seili Island, Finland

on questions of

Space, Relations, and Populations

The 18th annual summer meeting of the International Society for Environmental Ethics will convene from Wednesday 30th June to Saturday 3rd July 2021, at Seili island, Finland, situated in Finnish Archipelago, in a historical 17th century leper-colony-turned-mental-asylum-turned-research-station.

This call for papers solicits 500-word proposals for presentations in any topic in environmental philosophy. However, special attention will be given to proposals for talks concerning issues related to the philosophical investigation of the intersection of environmental conditions of space, relations, and populations.

The planet is becoming more and more populated with human beings, which reduces the space available to other species and displaces them from their traditional habitats. At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic seems to intersect with the way we occupy the space available – the expansion of human populations into previously wild places promises to only increase the threat of new pandemics. The corona virus is transmitted via shared social spaces, so we combat transmission by isolation and physical distancing. Are emergent and contested norms about “social distancing,” then, a new framework for coordinating collective action? Would some kind of “ecological distancing” be a logical next step? Questions about how we occupy space and our spatial relations to other beings, on an increasingly crowded planet, call for articulation and philosophical analysis.

We are exceeding the carrying capacity and limits of this planet in multiple and very tangible ways. There seems to be a need, then, for more space. How should we think about occupying the space available? Should we prioritize protection and restoration of habitats for the conservation of endangered species? Should the abundant human population be squeezed more tightly into urban spaces? Or should we learn to share the landscape with wild animals, domestic animals, ecosystems, and other humans? Won’t this call for control of human population growth? Is space exploration and colonization ultimately the key to solving our environmental problems on this planet, or is it just a technological fantasy?

Possible topics include questions relating to biodiversity loss, environmental protection and conservation, population ethics, anthropocentric land use, space exploration and colonization, and pandemics. We encourage imaginative thinking about how questions about spatial relations could shed new light upon questions in environmental ethics and philosophy.

To accommodate discussion on population and space, the meeting is hosted in a place which itself is an intriguing combination of secluded, restricted human population and abundant, verdant nature. The nature of Turku Archipelago offers exotic experiences of achingly lush yet ascetic Finnish summer, while the nearby city of Turku offers cultural experiences all the way from 13th century to this day. In addition to the beautiful natural environment, Seili island has a dark yet interesting history of isolation as a former leper colony. The venue itself, located in the island, is an old 17th century hospital building and its utility buildings, now used by the researchers of University of Turku. These historical buildings will accommodate us for the meeting. Off-session, we can enjoy the Nordic and Finnish nature, culture and history of the area. To reach the island and back to mainland, we will share a two-hour ferry through the picturesque archipelago, departing from Turku city center.

For more information about the venue, see https://www.visitseili.fi/en/accommodation/

Proposals prepared for blind review should be submitted via email to Mikko M. Puumala,

<mimapuu@utu.fi> no later than December 15th, 2020. Decisions will be announced by February 30th, 2021. Draft papers for pre-read by conference participants will be due May 31st, 2021.

Please note that while the meeting is planned to take place live, we are closely following the COVID-19 situation in Finland and other countries. We will put updates to ISEE website: https://enviroethics.org/