AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT:Victoria Davion Award for Intersectionality in Environmental Ethics



Victoria Davion Award for Intersectionality in Environmental Ethics

Chris Cuomo Keynote Presentation at 17th Annual ISEE Meeting

To help build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive field of environmental ethics, the International Society for Environmental Ethics seeks to highlight intersectional scholarship in environmental philosophy. This includes, but is not limited to, work that examines linkages between environmental philosophy, feminist and gender studies, critical race theory, Indigenous studies, and disability studies. ISEE aims to support research, teaching, and service that extend the scope of environmental ethics to incorporate perspectives and methods that have been historically marginalized or excluded from environmental philosophy as a discipline, and that address questions of epistemic justice, such as the devaluation of certain forms of knowledge within academic environmental philosophy, barriers to and opportunities for developing more inclusive perspectives, and approaches to respectfully collaborating across perspectives and traditions. We seek to honor and advance work that brings different threads of philosophy and environmental thought together.

In support of these aims, we establish the Victoria Davion Award for Intersectionality in Environmental Ethics.

Victoria Davion was raised in New York City, earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1989 and joined the department of Philosophy at the University of Georgia in 1990. She became the first woman to become a full professor in Philosophy at UGA, and the first woman to be appointed department head in 2005, a position she held until her death in 2017. She became widely known for her cutting-edge interdisciplinary work in feminist and environmental ethics, where she made truly transformative contributions, and was a beloved teacher and mentor to many who were inspired by her engaging, accessible, and innovative teaching methods. She presented and published on a breadth of philosophical areas including political philosophy, power and privilege, healthcare, nuclear deterrence, artificial intelligence, abortion, whiteness, and technology. She co-edited The Idea of a Political Liberalism: Essays on Rawls (2000) and was an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics (2009). A lover of nonhuman animals, music, and travel, as well as a witty, engaging, generous, and astute person, Vicky also made a far-reaching impact as the founder and editor of the journal, Ethics & the Environment , which she first published in 1995 and which continues as a highly influential journal today.

In helping to catalyze and bring forth intersectional understanding within environmental philosophy, her contribution inspires this Award and all those whose accomplishments it recognizes.

ISEE is pleased to announce that Prof. Chris Cuomo is the recipient of the inaugural Victoria Davion Award for Intersectionality in Environmental Ethics. Dr. Cuomo is Professor of Philosophy and Women’s at the University of Georgia, where she is an affiliated faculty with the Institute for African American Studies, the Institute for Native American Studies, the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, and the Initiative on Climate and Society. Cuomo has made substantial contributions in the areas and intersections of feminist theory, environmental philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of race, climate justice, postcolonial thought, Indigenous knowledge, and activism.

In addition to many journal articles and book chapters, Cuomo is the author of Feminism and Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing (Routledge 1998) and The Philosopher Queen: Feminist Essays on War, Love, and Knowledge (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002), co-author of the Feminist Philosophy Reader (McGraw Hill 2007), and co-editor of Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Reflections (Rowman & Littlefield 1999).

On October 16, 2020 Prof. Chris Cuomo will deliver the keynote presentation at the 17th Annual ISEE Conference and will be awarded with the 2020 Victoria Davion Award for Intersectionality in Environmental Ethics.

Call for Nominations: 2020 ISEE Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy


Call for Nominations for the

2020 ISEE Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy

 The International Society for Environmental Ethics established an award to promote work in public philosophy and honor contributions to the field by Dr. Andrew Light, who received the inaugural award in his name at our 2017 annual summer meeting.

With this call, the Society seeks nominations for the Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy. We strive to recognize public philosophers working in environmental ethics and philosophy, broadly construed, those who are working to bring unique insights or methods to broaden the reach, interaction, and engagement of public philosophy with the wider public.  This may be exemplified in published work or engagement in environmental issues of public importance.

The award is offered without prejudice to stage of career and may be demonstrated by singular work, or engagement of importance, or over a career.  It is important to note that early career scholars are viable candidates and their nominations strongly encouraged. Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations should include:

(a) A letter of nomination, listing the name, affiliation (if any), and contact information of both the nominee and nominator. The letter should explain how and why the nominee qualifies for the award;

(b) The nominee’s curriculum vitae or professional resume.

Nominations may also include:

(c) Descriptions and representative samples of work in public philosophy, such as op-eds, public presentations, descriptions of philosophically driven civic interactions, or alternative media engagements (blogs, videos, podcasts, etc.) or work about the public importance of environmental philosophy in professional journals;

(d) Additional letters of endorsement for the nomination, no more than two.


Nominations assembling these materials into one Adobe Acrobat PDF file are strongly preferred.

Nominations previously submitted for the 2019 Award may be reactivated. Please contact us, as below.

Nominations are due by October 1, 2020. They will be evaluated by ISEE Officers and members of the ISEE Nominating Committee.


Send nominations to ISEE President Allen Thompson via email:

Announcement of the winner and finalists will be made at the ISEE group session meeting during the Eastern Division American Philosophical Assoc., Jan. 4-7, 2021. The award includes a financial prize.

2020 Call for Papers: Holmes Rolston III Early Career Essay Prize in Environmental Philosophy

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the ISEE and the Center for Environmental Philosophy are re-issuing an essay prize for scholars in the early stages 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 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.

The closing date for submissions is August 1st, 2020.

The word limit is 60,000 characters (including spaces), including notes and references. An abstract of 100-150 words should also be included. For style, consult the Chicago Manual of Style or any recent issue of Environmental Ethics. Essays must be prepared for blind review (cover page with contact information and email on a separate page). Submissions should be emailed to ISEE President Allen Thompson at: <>. Please put ‘Essay Prize’ in the subject line of the email submission. 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. The decision of the committee will be final. There is only one prize per year, and the committee reserves the right not to award the prize if submissions are not of an appropriate standard.


PhD Studentship in Environmental Political Philosophy – University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

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The institute of geography and sustainability of the faculty of geoscience and environment at the University of Lausanne is offering a PhD studentship in environmental political philosophy.

Application deadline: September 20, 2013

Université de Lausanne
Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement
L’institut de géographie et durabilité met au concours un poste de
Doctorante ou Doctorant en philosophie politique environnementale

Entrée en fonction: 01.11.2013 ou à convenir
Fin de contrat: 31.10.2014
Durée du contrat: 1 an renouvelable 1 X 3 ans
Taux d’activité: 100 %
Lieu de travail: Institut de géographie et durabilité, Lausanne-Dorigny

Profil souhaité:
Le candidat devra construire un sujet de thèse dans le cadre de la démocratie écologique/green political theory et inscrire ses travaux dans le contexte plus général de la pensée écologique et des humanités environnementales, lesquelles conçoivent les interactions avec la nature comme un élément déterminant de la construction des sociétés. La détermination du sujet est ouverte pour autant qu’elle relève de ce cadre (de l’histoire des idées à une problématique contemporaine).
Le candidat ou la candidate devra être titulaire d’un Master, de préférence en philosophie politique ou en sciences politiques, et posséder une solide culture dans les domaines des idées politiques, de la pensée écologique et des problèmes écologiques scientifiquement étayés.

Description des tâches:
Outre son travail de recherche, le/la doctorante devra participer à des tâches de soutien à l’enseignement, et tout particulièrement à l’organisation, à la coordination et au suivi pédagogique du cours et du séminaire « Durabilité pour tous », lequel s’inscrit dans le programme d’enseignements de l’Unil. Il/elle devra encore participer à l’organisation de manifestations académiques et prendre part aux activités du groupe de recherche « humanités environnementales » au sein de l’IGD.

Dossier de candidature:
Envoi d’un dossier électronique auprès de comprenant :
– lettre de motivation
– curriculum vitae
– coordonnées de deux personnes pouvant fournir des références (adresse, numéro de téléphone, e-mail) (c’est-à-dire le/la directrice de mémoire de master ou l’institut dans lequel ont été effectuées les études de master.)
– copie des titres et notes universitaires
– version électronique d’un travail de recherche (mémoire de master) et de publications éventuelles

Pour tout renseignement complémentaire, veuillez contacter Dominique Bourg :

Délai de candidature: 20.09.2013

SCHOLARSHIP – Gloria Barron Wilderness Society

wilderness societyThe Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship is available to qualified graduate students.  It is created in honor of Gloria Barron, dedicated educator and tireless advocate for wilderness protection, and administered by The Wilderness Society, a leading conservation organization based in Washington, D.C.  The scholarship amount varies from year to year.  Historically, The Wilderness Society has awarded $10,000 to graduate students to support their research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness.  We strongly encourage proposals relating to climate change, as well as other topics regarding wilderness conservation.

Additional funding will be provided to pay travel expenses for the recipient to work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on this project. The Wilderness Society wishes to encourage the publication of this work in an academic journal or other appropriate medium and has additional funds to help cover expenses of publishing and publicizing the final paper.

The scholarship seeks to encourage individuals who have the potential to make a significant positive difference in the long term protection of wilderness in the United States. In the past, individuals like Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson have made that kind of lasting difference. They possessed all the skills needed to excel in their respective professions, but they also possessed something more: the courage and the vision to think afresh about how and why to protect our wild lands and the ability to communicate those ideas effectively to others.

For more information about the scholarship and how to apply, please visit our website.

Application deadline: March 31, 2013.

If you have questions, please contact me.

PhD Studentships in Applied Ethics – University of Leeds

Leeds CenterPhD Studentships in Applied Ethics (broadly construed) at the University of Leeds

 The Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (IDEA CETL) at the University of Leeds offers three new PhD studentships for 2013-2014. All the details are available in the full advert for these studentships, but some of the important details are included below.


The IDEA CETL’s vision is to be a world-class centre for excellence in learning, teaching and research in inter-disciplinary applied ethics. Since its inception it has developed significant Research and Professional Ethics Consultancy activity and has a lively programme of research seminars, research workshops and conferences to which its PGR students are expected to contribute.


The IDEA CETL intends to offer three Studentships in Applied Ethics, broadly conceived, to high quality candidates for its full-time or part-time PhD programme. The studentships are tenable for 3yr (f-t) or 5yr (p-t) from September/October 2013 and have both tuition and maintenance components: the tuition component will be equivalent to the full EU PhD fee and the maintenance component will be equivalent to that of the AHRC Doctoral award.

Although the Centre has many particular research strengths (listed in the full advert),  candidates with interests in any area of applied ethics, broadly construed, are warmly encouraged to apply. The IDEA CETL currently teaches in a wide range of areas. We would expect the PGR’s research to contribute to our expertise in at least one of these areas.


Candidates for PhD in the IDEA CETL are able to take advantage of a professional training and development scheme for postgraduates. The Centre will require successful applicants to undertake teaching for the Centre, paid at an hourly rate in addition to the scholarship stipend. The normal expectation will be in the region of 40 hours teaching a year, but up to 80 hours a year may be available. Studentship holders will be also expected to take a full role in the life of the Centre. IDEA CETL offers its PhD students financial support for conference attendance.

Closing date for receipt of applications for the studentships is Wednesday 3rd April 2013. Interviews are likely to be held in the week beginning May 13th.

Application Procedure

i) Complete an application to undertake PhD studies. This application requires 3 references. Please make it clear that you are applying to the IDEA CETL.

ii) Complete an application for the scholarship. Applications should be made by e-mail to Sarah Gelcich ( and must include:

  • a two page CV
  • a 500 word PhD-proposal
  • a 300 word statement setting out the ways in which they see themselves contributing to the life and broader success of the IDEA CETL

Also arrange for 2 academic referees to submit references directly to the Centre.

All applications and references for the Studentship Application should be marked Studentships in Applied Philosophy at the IDEA CETL, and sent to Sarah Gelcich, IDEA CETL; University of Leeds; 8-12 Fenton Street; Leeds LS2 9JT, UK.

If shortlisted, you will be asked to submit two pieces of written work.

For academic enquiries about Postgraduate study at IDEA CETL, contact Prof. Chris Megone (, Dr. Jamie Dow ( or Dr Rob Lawlor (, copying to Sarah Gelcich (