CFP – 11th Meeting on Environmental Philosophy

Environmental Philosophy and the Anthropocene Epoch
The ISEE will hold its Eleventh Annual Meeting on Environmental Philosophy, June 17-20, 2014, at the Highlands Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado, USA.  Come to the mountains and get their good tidings!

The theme for this year’s conference is “Environmental Philosophy and the Anthropocene Epoch.”   Continue reading

CFP – Political Ecologies and Food Sovereignty

Dimensions of Political Ecology 2014: Conference on Nature/Society
Political Ecology Working Group
February 27-March 1, 2014
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

Session organizers: Ian Werkheiser, Michigan State University
Session Theme: The Implications of Food Sovereignty

Political Ecology Working Group1Session description

Food Sovereignty is a vibrant discourse in activist circles, and has been making inroads into academic conversations as well.  However, while critiques of the dominant food security model are common, the underlying theory, practice, and implications food sovereignty for communities which are pursuing it have gone underexamined.  This has left the discourse open to critique as being too broad and incoherent, as it incorporates “All manner of movements for liberation from oppression, from the Zapatistas to the women’s movement.” (Flora 2011)

This Panel will seek to examine some of these issues by trying to get a better picture of what the food sovereignty movement is, how it works, and what it entails.  Papers from all backgrounds addressing food sovereignty are welcome.  Possible topics include:

  • Case studies of particular groups pursuing food sovereignty
  • New disciplinary perspectives on food sovereignty, such as decision theory, adaptive management, etc.
  • Food sovereignty’s unaddressed implications for other issues, such as public health, non-human animal relations, education, etc.
  • Theoretical work on community self-determination, autonomy, and sovereignty
  • An examination of the possibilities (or lack thereof) for food sovereignty in an urban context

To Submit

Please submit 250 word abstracts by October 31, 2013 to the session organizer, Ian Werkheiser

Accepted papers will be notified no later than November 15, 2013.

All presenters must register online for the conference and pay the fee of $20 for graduate students; $40 for faculty; $0 for undergraduates. Conference registration opens on October 1, 2013.

Please visit the website to register.

JOB – Asst. / Assoc. Prof., Tufts University, Ethics & Food Ethics

  • TuftsAOS: Ethical Theory or Metaethics
  • AOC: Food Ethics, Environmental Philosophy
  • Application Deadline: November 8, 2013

Tufts’s Department of Philosophy (Medford, MA, USA) seeks an ethical theorist or metaethicist who will enhance its undergraduate and graduate programs, complement its existing teaching and research strengths, and contribute to the active philosophical life of the department.  This position is part of a multidisciplinary cluster-hiring initiative designed to deepen and broaden the strengths of Tufts University in “Food, Science, and Society.”  Cluster hires will cross-list one to two courses per year in a Food, Science, and Society program and will work together to create innovative capstone experiences for students at the intersection of philosophy, science, and policy.

Application Procedure

Apples in CrateApplications must include a CV, writing sample, and an e-mail address and phone number at which the candidate may be reached.  

Evidence of teaching experience and expertise welcome.

Candidates for the tenure-track position should include three letters of recommendation; letter writers should submit their letters directly to

Candidates for the tenured position should include a list of at least three recommenders. Applications should be submitted to

Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.  Preliminary Interviews will be scheduled.  Questions about the position may be directed to Caleb Davis,

CFP – Under Western Skies 3 (September 9 – 13, 2014)

Call for Proposals and Panels
Closing Date:  January 10, 2014

Intersections of Environments, Technologies, and Communities

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JOB – Asst. Prof. in Political Philosophy & Environmental Ethics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

humboldtHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Application deadline is 4 October 2013
Starting April 1, 2014

Successful applicants will focus on questions of global justice, intergenerational justice and environmental ethics and work in close cooperation with other researchers at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys). Thus he/she may tackle topics such as climate justice (intra- and intergenerational), ethical perspectives on economics, the ethics of land use and food production, and further ethical issues of global change.

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they will develop strong links between philosophy and economics.


humboldt-university-of-berlinCandidates shall hold an outstanding doctoral degree and have an excellent research record in philosophy.  A strong interest in sustainability science and global environmental change research is expected.  Successful applicants will have proven their ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.  Excellent command of English, good communication skills, and willingness to integrate themselves into an international research environment are mandatory.  Teaching experience is an asset.

Applicants must meet the legal requirements for an assistant professor (German: Junior professor) as stipulated in § 102a of the “Berliner Hochschulgesetz.”  Depending on the qualification and research focus of the successful candidate, up to 1.5 researcher positions at doctoral or post-doctoral level may be granted in order to establish a Junior Research Group (with the assistant professor as the group leader).

HU seeks to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female researchers to apply.  Applications of researchers from abroad are welcome.  Preference will be given to disabled persons with equal qualifications. Applicants with migration background are highly welcome.

To Apply

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a full CV, research and teaching experience (including evidence of interdisciplinary experience) and should be sent to

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät I
Prof. Seadle
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin, Germany

Or as a single PDF file to, stating the reference number.

CONFERENCE – “Think before you eat”, McGill (Canada)

James McWilliams will give a talk entitled “Are non-industrial methods of animal agriculture viable solutions to factory farming?“, which is part of the “Think before you eat” series:

Thursday, September 26, 2013
from 6pm to 8pm
McGill University, Leacock Building – LEA 232
Montreal, Canada

According to the author, the talk will explore the hidden ecological and ethical abuses that characterize small-scale animal agriculture, challenging the popular opinion that non-industrial methods of animal agriculture are viable solutions to factory farming. In addition to discussing these abuses, the talk will also explore strategies that animal advocates can pursue to promote veganism without alienating conscientious consumers.

The event is open to the public with free entrance but there is a suggested donation of $5 (at the door). Tickets must be booked in advance via the event’s website.