CALL FOR PAPERS – Climate Change, Sustainability and an Ethics of an Open Future

Call for Papers: “Climate Change, Sustainability and an Ethics of an Open Future”

Societas Ethica Annual Conference, August 22-25, 2013 Kontakt der Kontinente, Soesterberg, Netherlands

This will be the 50th Societas Ethica conference. It is realized in cooperation with the ESF Network “A Right to a Green Future”.

Call for Papers

Climate change, dwindling resources, and growth of the global population have emerged as challenges for all areas of political action in modern societies. These challenges have been on the political agenda since the “Limits to Growth” report was released in 1972. While the challenges are well known, and while there appears to be some form of consensus that sustainability is a goal worth striving for, there is little discussion of how the changes necessary to achieve this goal will affect our political institutions, our social relationships, our moral responsibilities, and our self-understanding in general. The more far-reaching the necessary changes are, the more pressing the following questions will become: To what extent are political and economic institutions – national as well as global – capable of realizing sustainable politics and what is its ethical basis? To what extent will personal liberties, such as freedom of movement, property rights, and reproductive autonomy, need to be limited in order to realize sustainable politics? How could we extend the current system of human rights to incorporate the rights of future generations? Can we expect human beings to take responsibility for the living conditions of future generations, and how do such responsibilities affect philosophical and eschatological theories? An ethics of an open future must develop criteria for moral action under conditions of uncertainty. A developed theory of the principle of precaution in ethics and law is, however, lacking.

Paper channels:
1. Climate change and scarcity of resources as ethical challenges 2. Sustainability, future generations and human rights 3. Democracy, global governance and political ethics 4. An open future; philosophical and theological responses 5. Reflections from different cultural and religious perspectives 6. Open channel

Authors are invited to submit an abstract of max. 4,000 characters. Abstracts should be suitable for blind review.

Please send in the following two documents as Word attachments to

Document 1: Your name, first name, email address, institutional address, the title of your abstract, the topic under which your abstract falls, and, if eligible, your application to participate in the Young Scholars’ Award competition (see information below).
Document 2: Your abstract and title (max. 4,000 chars; we do not accept full papers) with all identifying references removed.

Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

Societas Ethica Young Scholars’ Award:
The Young Scholars’ Award is awarded to the best presentation by a young scholar at the Societas Ethica Annual conference.
Young scholars for the purpose of this competition are PhD student and PhDs who earned their degree less than two years ago and do not have a tenure-track academic position. If you wish to be considered for the YSA, please indicate this in the file with the personal information accompanying your abstract.
For more information about Societas Ethica Young Scholars’ Award, please visit the website at

JOB – Asst., Prof., Illinois State Univ., Normal, Il.

  • Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of Philosophy
  • Beginning August 16, 2013.  Six courses/year (3/semester), undergraduate; usual non-teaching duties. 
  • AOS: Social and Political Philosophy. AOC one or more of the following: Environmental Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Global Justice, Feminist Philosophy

We are looking for a colleague who is committed to increasing the department’s role as a forum for the public engagement of social and political issues.  Ph.D. required prior to appointment.  Teaching experience required.  Competitive salary.  Possible summer work.  The department has significant interdisciplinary opportunities and general education commitments.  The department encourages applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences who embrace and value the principles of diversity and inclusion.

To ensure full consideration, send complete dossier with cover letter, vita, at least three letters of recommendation, one writing sample and evidence of teaching quality to arrive no later than November 9, 2012 to  Electronic submissions only.  Please state “Social and Political Philosophy” in subject line.  Interviews will be arranged by the search committee and conducted via televideo conference.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Interdisciplinary Aspects of Public Health & Environmental Justice

Environmental justice (EJ) encompasses several issues ranging from housing regulations to the distribution of natural resources, many of which have been addressed by researchers in environmental health science and other disciplines.  Yet, there has not been a significant interdisciplinary or philosophical discussion zeroing in on the public health dimension of complex environmental problems such as climate change as they relate to environmental justice.  These groundbreaking workshops bring together scholars, researchers, and public officials aiming to find common ground for conversation with these closely related themes.  Those involved will examine the public-health aspects of environmental justice and set the tone for future conversations on the subject.  The scope is sharp yet the range is extensive.  Some areas of focus include climate change, urbanization, desertification, global poverty, sea-level rise, resource management, and globalization.  A few of the questions we will ask include: what are the new challenges for public health and EJ concerning topics such as climate change, desertification, and sea-level rise?  What are the most effective and ethical means for dealing with these new challenges? Is EJ considered a social priority for estimations of public health? How can we amend scientific and public policy to handle the problems associated with climate change?  How does one ease the tensions between public priorities and ecosystem functionality?

Submission Instructions:

This workshop is the last in a series of three to be held on December 15, 2012 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL.  Those wishing to participate in this final workshop should send inquires and abstracts of 100 – 150 words, prepared for blind review, to Shane Epting at by October 26th with notification arriving by November 1.  

The journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review
will publish select papers from the workshops in a special issue

This workshop series is proudly sponsored by:

  • Bethune-Cookman University – B. J. Moore Center for Integrated Environmental Science
  • University of North Texas – Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies
  • University of Texas at El Paso – The Center for Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy
  • Center for Environmental Philosophy & Interdisciplinary Environmental Association

JOB – Lecturer, Philosophy, UCSD

Faculty Position: Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment

The Department of Philosophy within the University of California, San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff and student body and is pleased to announce a search for the position of Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment in Philosophy. The L(P)SOE series has been created for faculty members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. It entails membership in the faculty Academic Senate and carries the potential for security of employment after a probationary period, but is distinct from a tenure-track assistant professor appointment. The appointment will begin on 7/1/13.

Candidate must have a Ph.D., a strong record of teaching, and the potential for contributions in scholarship or scholarly pedagogy. Candidates will be favored who have teaching expertise in normative and applied ethics, including (but not limited to) one or more of the following: biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, ethics and technology, business ethics, ethics and public policy.

Successful candidates will demonstrate strong or potential accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.  Proof of authorization to work in the U.S. will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986). For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program website at

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Review of applications will begin on 11/1/2012, and continue until the position is filled.

To Apply:
Candidates should submit an application cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, and copies of representative publications electronically via UCSD’s AP On-Line RECRUIT (  Three letters of recommendation should be uploaded electronically by referees.  Applicants should include a separate personal statement that summarizes their past experience and leadership in equity and diversity or their potential contributions in this area (see for further information).

Please apply to the following position listed under: PHILOSOPHY
Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment (10-463)

CALL FOR PAPERS – Dimensions of Political Ecology: Conference on Nature/Society

The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group invites you to participate in the third annual Dimensions of Political Ecology: Conference on Nature/Society
to take place from February 28 – March 3, 2013
at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Featured speakers include Dr. Ariel Salleh (Department of Political Economy, University of Sydney) and Dr. Arun Agrawal (School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan).

This conference provides an opportunity to critically examine perspectives on human-environment relationships and to foster interdisciplinary discussions among a diverse group of scholars. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with and receive feedback from cutting edge researchers through sharing their work in an intimate setting.

We encourage submissions from all individuals who are engaged in research on the ecological dimensions of political, economic, social, and scientific research regardless of their topical, theoretical, or methodological frameworks, including but not limited to:

  • Environmental justice
  • Ecological modernization
  • Environmental history
  • Science and technology studies
  • Global urbanization
  • Environmental law
  • Restoration ecology
  • Political economy of nature
  • Genetic technology
  • Commons, enclosures, and land tenure
  • Environmental risk
  • Resource management and conservation
  • Non-equilibrium ecology
  • Scholar/activist relationships
  • Critical physical geography
  • Landscape studies
  • Infrastructure
  • Environmental discourse and policy
  • Feminist political ecology
  • Sustainability
  • Urban political ecology
  • Cultural ecology
  • Environmental sociology
  • Food security and sustainable agriculture
  • Knowledge production
  • Environmental Governance

Conference Highlights:

 Paper sessions: These will include 3 or 4 presenters with a discussant or 5 presenters without a discussant (each presenter will generally have 15 to 20 minutes to present with time for discussion). We are especially interested in accepting organized sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in organizing a session, but session organizers are also encouraged to circulate their own CFPs.

Panel on Scholar / Activist Collaboration: As part of an effort to build connections between scholars and activists, we will be sponsoring a panel dedicated to fostering collaborative research projects between researchers and activists.

Undergraduate Student Symposium: This symposium provides undergraduate students with a forum to present their work, receive useful feedback, and connect with graduate students and faculty with similar research foci.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Paper Competitions: UKPEWG is excited to announce we will be sponsoring two paper competitions. Please look for additional information to be emailed and posted on our website for application instructions for each competition.

Field Trips: These trips will focus on contemporary issues related to political ecology in the greater Kentucky bluegrass region. Past field trips have included trips to mountaintop removal sites in the region, meetings with seed saving organizations, and trips to local farms.

Submission of Abstracts and Registration

Abstracts or proposals should be 200 – 300 words in length and include three to five keywords. Please include: your name, any titles or affiliations you would like listed in the program, and an email address (please specify if you do not want your email included in the program). All presenters must register online for the conference and pay the sliding registration fee.

Please visit to register. Registration will open on November 1, 2012. The deadline for abstract submissions is December 1, 2012. As we move closer to the conference date, more information on travel arrangements, field trips, and an updated list of speakers will be posted on the conference website.

Please email with any questions.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Ethics in Progress Quarterly

Call for Papers for special volume on environmental ethics for the journal Ethics in Progress Quarterly

Environment, ethics, and sustainability: Crossroads of our future

Guest editors: Małgorzata Dereniowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland) and Jason Matzke (University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA)

Ethics in Progress Quarterly invites submissions in the area of sustainability and environmental ethics for a special volume.  This journal is published by Academic Research Publishers of the Institute of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. The journal focuses on multidisciplinary research that bridges theory and practice in ethics. In keeping with the journal’s stated aims, this special volume on sustainability and environmental ethics will explore the nexus of theory and practice as it relates to the crucial task of working towards a sustainable future.

Introduction to the main theme of the volume: Background and aims
Despite four decades of intense development in the field of professional environmental ethics, environmental problems pose ever increasing ethical challenges. The discipline continues to undergo a transition from focusing on theoretical questions such as what kinds of beings deserve moral standing toward greater inclusion of the multifaceted dimensions of sustainability and environmental issues and policy formation. In the process, new problems emerge. For instance, research on the problem of climate change from an ethical perspective creates room for the development of a new branch of ethics—climate ethics—which potentially operates in a distinctive theoretical framework. Additionally, environmental ethics has become much more pluralistic and multidisciplinary, drawing new insights from ecology and the social sciences. Sustainability both challenges and gives shape to the discipline of environmental ethics by blurring classical distinctions such as that of anthropocentrism, biocentrism, and ecocentrism, while bringing attention to important theoretical dimensions of the ecological, social, and economic. These three dimensions are in turn informed by matters pertaining to human cognition and perception, highlighting the complex and multidisciplinary nature of the emerging conversations.

This special volume aims to present new trends that arise at the intersection of ethics, sustainability and environmental research. Discussions of the crossroads between sustainability, environmental thought, and ethics include a wide range of issues. Papers are welcome in the following suggested areas (the list is not meant to be exhaustive):

  • Democratic decision making related to environmental policy formation
  • Inter-generational justice and climate ethics
  • Postcolonial environmental ethics
  • Race, gender, and environmental justice
  • Nonhuman animals in sustainability models
  • Environmental crisis and institutional change
  • Sustainability ethics

Given the theme of this volume, we encourage multi- and interdisciplinary work and seek submissions on a wide range of research topics. We invite papers from not only professional academicians, but also from policy makers, activists, and graduate students from any discipline.

Submission details
Submissions of complete papers should include a cover page with identification information (name, institutional affiliation, and contact information) and a brief abstract limited to 200 words. Essays should be in English, following American spellings and punctuation. For preparing the manuscript, please follow the APA style.

Papers should be saved as Word documents and emailed to the guest editors email account:

Deadline for papers submission is Friday, November 2, 2012.

For more information please contact Małgorzata Dereniowska,, or Jason Matzke, You may also write directly to the guest editors’ email box,