CALL FOR PAPERS – ISEE @ Eastern APA 2023

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Call for Papers

International Society for Environmental Ethics
2023 American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting

Deadline: Friday, June 17, 2022

Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) group sessions at the 2023 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA). The meeting will be held January 4-7, 2023 in Montreal, Canada.

ISEE invites submissions of individual presentations (approximately 20 minutes) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author-meets-critics, etc.) in any area of ethics and the environment.

You do not need to be a member of ISEE to submit a proposal; however, if accepted we ask that all presenters have a current annual membership in the society ($50 regular / $35 student). Membership dues help fund room and A/V expenses at the APA, along with the other activities of the Society. Financial assistance with membership is available on a case-by-case basis. For information on membership: https://enviroethics.org/membership-dues/

Submission Procedure

For individual paper submissions, please submit either: (1) a 500-word abstract, or (2) a full paper (approx. 3000 words). Before submitting, please confirm you will be able to attend the APA if your presentation is accepted.

For themed sessions, please submit the proposed session title, a brief description of the session, names of all those participating, and titles for each paper/presentation. Paper abstracts (of approx. 500 words) are strongly encouraged. Participants should be confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward.

Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format to ISEE Secretary Corey Katz (corey.katz@gmail.com) by Friday, June 17, 2022.

Please make the subject of your email: ISEE Eastern APA 2023

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2022 Victoria Davion Award for Intersectionality in Environmental Ethics

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The International Society for Environmental Ethics and Ethics & the Environment Journal
are pleased to announce a CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the 2022 Victoria Davion Award for Intersectionality in Environmental Ethics. Deadline for Nominations: May 6, 2022

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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.

Call for Nominations for the 2021 ISEE Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy

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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, we seek nominations from our membership for the 2021 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. We encourage nominees to be members of ISEE. Information on membership, here: https://enviroethics.org/membership-dues/.

Nominations should include:

  1. 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;
  2. The nominee’s curriculum vitae or professional resume.

Nominations may also include:

  • 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;
  • 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 2020 Award may be reactivated. Please contact us, as below.

Nominations are due by Dec. 1st, 2021

Send nominations to ISEE President Allen Thompson

via email:  allen.thompson@oregonstate.edu

Announcement of the winner and finalists will be made at the ISEE group session meeting during the Eastern Division American Philosophical Assoc., Jan. 7-9 and 14-16, 2022.

CFP:ISEE sessions at the 2022 APA Pacific Meeting

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Call for Papers

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

2022 Pacific Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics group sessions at the 2022 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA). The meeting will be held April 13 – April 16, 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The ISEE invites submissions of individual papers (approximately 20 minute presentations) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author-meets-critics, etc.).

Please include any interest in chairing a session as well. 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.

Scholars working in any area of ethics concerning environmental issues are encouraged to submit proposals. 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.

Submission Procedure:

  • For individual paper submissions, please submit either: (1) a 300-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 for each paper. Paper abstracts (of up to 300 words) are strongly encouraged. Participants should be confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward.
  • Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format to: Alex Lee (ISEE Secretary) at aplee@alaskapacific.edu
  • Please include “ISEE/APA” in the subject line.
  • The deadline for submitting proposals is September 30, 2021.

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. 

THE REFLECTION POND:

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What COVID-19 Teaches about Climate Change and Ourselves

Zachary Vereb

We are re-sharing essays submitted to ‘The Reflection Pond,’ the opinion section of this past year’s ISEE newsletter. This submission was part of s series on Covid-19 and Environmental Ethics.

Half Full or Half Empty? 2020 has been quite the year, almost like a crash in slow motion. Yet much was predictable. Had we heeded warnings from the scientific community, we would, perhaps, have been more prepared. After all, we’ve been told that pandemic-like events become more likely in a warmer, globalized world. So, what’s going on? Well, take a look at the social mood. It’s a gloomy state of things. Just as a glass of water predictably heats up in the muggy Florida summer, we sweat and lose our train of thought. The connections between the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change—connections that should be readily apparent—are hardly acknowledged, at least by non-experts.

A Half Empty Glass. The COVID-19 burnout we feel in 2020 connects with a widespread climate nihilism, informing the mood of many philosophers and laypersons about the state of the world. If the previous decade, crowned with 2020, could be represented by a philosopher, we might have to choose the pessimist Schopenhauer. From this perspective, both the pandemic and the climate crisis show us that we are in no way capable of thinking collectively and for the long term; we are hopelessly selfish and shortsighted. In short, the glass appears not only half empty, but half full of undrinkable tar. Though the tar does make for good poetry, as Schopenhauer will tell you.

A Half Full Glass. Yet, at the same time, the optimist declares that the pandemic is a blessing in disguise. It is, as it were, the cunning hand of nature working through us. After all, who can deny that quarantines helped environments to recover, reduced smog, and lowered—if only temporarily—carbon footprints. From the optimistic vantage, COVID-19 reveals we can in fact come together, that some jobs can be done more efficiently, and that we are in it for the long haul. Our optimist might also turn into a misanthrope, bitter after seeing humans bungle this opportunity to learn and change. Nature will move on. Humans, perhaps not. For her, the glass is half full—not of tar, but of unpotable water. And for our optimist, it is also half full, but we hardly know for how long.

A Glass and a Boundary. Unfortunately, optimism isn’t the way either. It doesn’t fit the mood. It’s tone deaf. Is there a middle way—a way for mediating pessimism and nihilism with the optimism of some environmentalists? I present here some food for thought, food that might sit nicely next to that glass of water in the hot Florida heat: this pandemic presents an opportunity to teach us about climate change and, more importantly, ourselves.

Looking at the Glass Again. Let us, as environmental philosophers, appropriate the questions Kant returned to again and again. Yes, I mean Immanuel Kant. While Kant is sometimes seen as a bane to environmentalists and animal welfarists, hear me out. It may be fruitful for us to consider Kant’s four questions of philosophy as a heuristic for thinking about our predicament. Maybe they can help us think about viewing the glass anew:

What can we know?
What should we do?
What may we hope for?
What is a human being?

This is no time for a foray into epistemology (or epidemiology). Kant’s first question presses us to rethink how we understand ourselves as embedded in a dynamic earth-system. If this sounds wild, just recall that Kant himself wrote, in his early days, about atmospheres, climates, and earthquakes. The question becomes: what can we learn about the connections between pandemics and climate? This naturally leads us into the question of what we should do about it. Kant’s universalism and enlightenment cosmopolitanism seem relevant for mediating the two extreme sides of the glass. We are, first and foremost, citizens of the world—a universal community. Progress for that community is real, but only if we believe in it and make it a reality.

Next: what may we hope for regarding our predicament, without succumbing to defeatism or magical thinking? Our hope can only be rationally sustained if we stay grounded and receptive to new information. Lastly, we are pressed to consider who we are and who we want to become. Each question intimates the next, and this final one integrates them all. What does it mean to be human in the Anthropocene? Perhaps the way we answer this will give us a clue for how to move forward.

Philosophy and Humanity. Kant’s questions are timely. If this pandemic is, as some have said, a dress rehearsal for our climate future, then answering questions about how to understand the pandemic requires us to think deeply about human values. This is a task for which philosophy is, indeed, quite suited. Let’s start there.

Zachary Vereb is Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy Leadership at the University of Mississippi.

THE REFLECTION POND – The Perils of Destiny: an Important Lesson of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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We are re-sharing essays submitted to ‘The Reflection Pond,’ the opinion section of this past year’s ISEE newsletter. This submission was part of s series on Covid-19 and Environmental Ethics.

THE PERILS OF DESTINY: AN IMPORTANT LESSON OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

by Phil Cafaro

The current global pandemic, devastating as it is, has the potential to teach people some useful environmental lessons, if we’re willing to pay attention. One is that commercializing wild animals and selling them in unhygienic “wet markets” is an invitation to epidemiological disaster. Another is that the current global economy is toxic: when this novel coronavirus drastically ratcheted back economic activity, fish returned to Venice’s canals and New Delhi residents breathed easier and could once again see the Himalayas.

Perhaps the most important environmental lesson COVID-19 can teach environmentalists is that increasing the density of human populations is not the answer to our environmental problems. Even in normal times, excessive density harms people’s physical and mental health. During a pandemic, density can quickly turn deadly. Stories from France to India to Brazil have detailed how difficult it is for people in crowded cities to practice safe social distancing. For poor slum dwellers, living packed in one or two rooms and sharing communal water sources and toilets, it is literally impossible.

In recent years, “smart growth” advocates in the U.S. and Europe have been saying that increased density is the key to creating more ecologically sustainable societies. Fill in those unused city lots with more houses and office buildings. Re-zone detached, single-family housing areas to allow apartments. Re-zone areas designated for three or four-story apartments to allow six or eight-story ones. Build in! Build up! Yes, in my backyard! Smart growth will supposedly allow us to continue to grow, creating environmental efficiencies, while leaving land outside designated growth areas to remain for wild nature.

Such an approach is bound to fail. All those people crammed into cities still need resources from the countryside. So, in fact, more city-dwellers do not translate into more land left to nature, but instead to more land developed to grow food and host energy infrastructure, more wetlands filled in and more forests managed intensively—and more second homes built out in the country for those rich enough to afford them. As our cities, towns and populations grow, we inevitably take more resources from other species and gobble up habitat they need to survive.

Similarly, density’s touted environmental “efficiencies” turn out to be less than valuable than advertised. It’s true that New Yorkers have some of the lowest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the country, due to more mass transit use and apartment living—a function of high density. But the metro area generates the highest total greenhouse gas emissions of any similar area in the country—a function of its excessive population. When YIMBYs urge Americans to get with the program, like NYC and San Francisco, and embrace denser development, they really are urging us to increase our overall greenhouse gas emissions. As a consolation prize, we will get to virtue signal that our per capita emissions have gone down. But it is total emissions that ultimately count when it comes to climate disruption.

In the same way, from an environmental perspective, what matters is overall water consumption, overall demand for food, overall land paved over in concrete, overall air miles flown. More people mean more of all these environmental stressors. Children in New York have higher asthma rates than children in less populous parts of the country, since higher population densities lead to worse air pollution. Year in and year out, that takes a toll on many kids’ ability to live a normal, healthy life. It doesn’t matter if per capita particulate emissions are lower in NYC than in smaller cities and towns—NYC children’s lungs are still worse off because of the crowding, with emissions from many persons per unit area.

None of this means that sensible zoning, alternating denser with less dense areas and undeveloped areas, is not necessary for effective environmentalism. But increased density should not become an end in itself, or a substitute for setting limits to human demands on nature. It should not become an excuse for more population growth in places like California that are already groaning under excessive human numbers. Then “smart growth” becomes a way for clever people to continue to do dumb things: a bait and switch tactic to hide the fact that we continue to damage the environment. That’s the path humanity treads today, as climate disruption, ocean acidification, mass species extinction, and other ecological stressors driven by excessive human numbers threaten the entire planet. The evidence is clear that this path is not sustainable.

Phil Cafaro is Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University and former ISEE President.

Teaching Webinar

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The International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) Mentoring Initiative is pleased to

 announce that our first webinar, Teaching Environmental Philosophy: Engaged

 and Inclusive Pedagogies, will be held on

Friday, November 6 from 4-5 pm PT/7-8 pm ET

The webinar, which features Chris Cuomo (University of Georgia), Rebeka Ferreira (Green River College), Ben Hole (Pacific University), and Clair Morrissey (Occidental College), will offer both new and experienced faculty the opportunity to explore engaged and inclusive teaching approaches in environmental philosophy.  The discussion will address stand-alone courses in environmental ethics and environmental philosophy, as well as ideas for integrating environmental dimensions into other courses, such as political philosophy, philosophy of science, aesthetics, and epistemology. The event will include a short presentation by each panelist, followed by Q&A and general discussion.  After the webinar, participants are invited to an informal social gathering in Spatial Chat. 

Both the webinar and gathering are free and open to all, but participants are asked to register in advance, here:  

https://coloradocollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMscuqhrzIrG9UzK9OLTPQewjmDatG4txaw

Meeting connection information will be provided by email upon registration. Any questions about the webinar can be directed to ISEE Mentoring Director Simona Capisani (scapisani@fas.harvard.edu) or ISEE Vice President Marion Hourdequin (mhourdequin@coloradocollege.edu).

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT:Victoria Davion Award for Intersectionality in Environmental Ethics

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AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT:

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.

JOB – Assistant professor in Environmental Ethics, University of Twente (due March 15, 2022)

The Philosophy Section of the University of Twente in the Netherlands is looking for an Assistant professor in Environmental Ethics (full-time, with prospects of permanent position upon good performance) with a (future) research interest in technology and its role in society

The philosophy section is internationally leading in the philosophy and ethics of technology. It currently includes nineteen tenured and tenure-track staff members, five postdocs, sixteen PhD students, and six temporary and part-time faculty members. The department also participates in the interuniversity 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology as a founding member. Both the department and the Center have a strong international orientation and include members from many different nationalities.

Your application should include a CV (which should include the title of your dissertation and a short description of its contents), a letter of application (including a summary of your teaching evaluations), a writing sample, and contact information for 2 or more references and should be sent no later than March 15th, 2022.

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Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy: 2021 Winner International Society for Environmental Ethics

January 18, 2022

The International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) is pleased to announce publicly the winner of the 2021 Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy. ISEE established the award to promote work in public philosophy and honor contributions to the field by Dr. Andrew Light, who was recognized for his distinctive work in public environmental philosophy at ISEE’s 2017 annual summer meeting.

With this award, ISEE strives to recognize public philosophers working in environmental ethics and philosophy, broadly construed, and who bring unique insights or methods that broaden the reach, interaction, and engagement of philosophy with the wider public. This may be exemplified in published work or engagement in environmental issues of public importance.

This year’s honoree has made important contributions that provide a distinctive example of critical contemporary work in public environmental philosophy. The winner will be announced at an International Society for Environmental Ethics group session at the Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

This year’s Light Award winner is Dr. Kian Mintz-Woo of University College Cork (Ireland).

Dr. Mintz-Woo, a lecturer at University College Cork, is an early career scholar who has already demonstrated a sustained commitment to publicly engaged philosophy. As a graduate student at University of Graz, Kian Mintz-Woo founded, organized, and contributed to the Climate Footnotes blog, bringing climate-related philosophical work to broader publics. In addition, he helped to develop a public art exhibition, Exhibition CliMatters, which was shown in multiple venues in Austria and drew over 1700 visitors. As a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University, Dr. Mintz-Woo collaborated with Professor Peter Singer on an article, “Put a Price on Carbon Now!” published in Project Syndicate on May 7, 2020. An expanded version of this article was published in 2021 in the journal Climate Policy.

In his current post as a lecturer at University College Cork, Dr. Mintz-Woo has continued and expanded his public-facing work, with several notable contributions in the past year. These include a live radio interview with the national Irish broadcaster reporting from the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland; a feature story co-authored with Dr. Simona Capisani (Princeton University) on talking with children about climate change in the Irish Examiner; and an article in The Conversation about carbon capture and storage. Dr. Mintz-

Woo has also engaged with policymakers, including through participation in a spring 2021 event organized by Canada’s Citizens’ Climate Lobby, “Creating a Balanced Future,” which addressed provincial parliamentarians. Moreover, Dr. Mintz-Woo encourages and supports public philosophical work and greater attention to climate change within the philosophical profession. In 2021, this work included an interview with Engaged Philosophy blog and an article in the Climate Matters series for the Blog of the American Philosophical Association.

Dr. Kian Mintz-Woo’s academic writing focuses on climate ethics, particularly carbon pricing, discounting, and the social cost of carbon. The Andrew Light Award recognizes both the social salience of this work and Dr. Mintz-Woo’s sustained efforts in fostering broader public conversations about climate change and climate policy.


Contact: Dr. Marion Hourdequin, Vice-President/President Elect, International Society for Environmental Ethics & Professor of Philosophy, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, USA email: mhourdequin@coloradocollege.ed

ISEE ELECTIONS

Candidate Information

VICE PRESIDENT/ PRESIDENT ELECT

Stephen Gardiner

I am Professor of Philosophy, Ben Rabinowitz Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment, and Director of the Program on Ethics at the University of Washington, Seattle. I am honored to be nominated. If elected, I can bring extensive experience in research, teaching, public engagement, and administration to the role, as well as strong interdisciplinary connections in the US and abroad. I’d also offer the enthusiasm and wonder of someone who grew up playing in the woods, fields and brooks of a world many of us cherish and want to protect.

My scholarly work focuses on global environmental problems. My books include ‘A Perfect Moral Storm’ (Oxford, 2011), ‘Debating Climate Ethics’ (Oxford, 2016) and ‘Dialogues on Climate Justice’ (Routledge, in press). I also edited the ‘Oxford Handbook of Intergenerational Ethics’ (Oxford, in press) and co-edited the ‘Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics’ (Oxford, 2016) and ‘The Ethics of “Geoengineering” the Global Climate’ (Routledge, 2020). I have published both in our specialist journals and in wider philosophical venues (e.g., Ethics; Ethics and International Affairs; Environmental Ethics; Environmental Values; Ethics, Policy & the Environment; Journal of Political Philosophy; Philosophy and Public Affairs).

Beyond research, I am active in interdisciplinary outreach and public philosophy. I collaborate regularly with nonphilosophers, including scientists, policy experts, and green investment professionals, and have advised projects of organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. Over the last decade, I have given more than a hundred talks in thirteen countries and often appeared in the media. In 2021, I presented the Academy Lecture for Humanities and Social Sciences for the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters as well as the Alan Saunders Lecture in Public Ethics for the Australasian Association for Philosophy, which was broadcast nationally in Australia.

By disposition, I am a pluralist nonanthropocentrist, committed to both engaged philosophy and abstract theoretical work. I believe in fostering diverse perspectives in environmental philosophy, including by encouraging voices from historically marginalized groups. If elected, I would promote dedicated workshops around diversity at ISEE meetings to facilitate further research, assist with the evolution of teaching, and further enhance community. One of ISEE’s strengths historically has been its welcoming, supportive atmosphere. I hope to build on this ethos while making it maximally inclusive. I would be particularly excited to welcome the annual conference to Seattle.

From my perspective, we live in a time of rapid change but also wider openness to environmental values in mainstream philosophy, the academy, and society in general. I believe ISEE can play an important role in engaging with this new openness and bringing out the importance of environmental ethics. Some ideas I would explore include collaborative efforts to make the work of our community more accessible outside philosophy, partnerships with other environmental disciplines and organizations, expanding the reach of ISEE meetings beyond the traditional North American and European venues, and bolstering mentorship and mutual support systems for scholars at all career stages.

For further information about me, see my faculty website.

Katie McShane

The first ISEE conference I attended, nearly 20 years ago, was a warm and welcoming place. I felt like an outsider in the field at the time: I barely knew anyone else, and they all seemed to know each other. But people were kind, friendly, and encouraging. I learned a ton at that conference, and I left feeling like maybe there could be a place for me in the field.

If elected Vice President of ISEE, my aim would be to make sure that ISEE actively reaches out to and welcomes those who don’t (yet) feel central to the organization or the field. This involves helping newcomers (graduate students, early career professionals, and those wanting to move into environmental ethics from other fields) make connections in the field. It requires diversifying our organization: in terms of race and ethnicity, disability, gender identity, culture and nationality, sexual orientation, etc., but also in terms of educational background and theoretical orientation. It requires a broad and inclusive conception of environmental ethics, one that embraces work from conservation biology, animal ethics, ecofeminism, indigenous studies, environmental justice, and climate ethics, and also work from philosophical traditions other than the dominant Anglophone analytic tradition.

Much of this broadening and diversifying work has already begun, thanks to the leadership of past ISEE presidents and the hard work and commitment of other officers. The Mentoring and Peer Networking Initiative, the webinar on Engaged and Inclusive Pedagogies, the statements on Diversity and on Systemic Racism and Violence – these efforts are helping to steer ISEE in the right direction. As Vice President, I would work with the President to build on these efforts with an eye to ensuring that ISEE is an open, welcoming, inclusive organization.

I’m currently a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Colorado State University. I’ve been an environmental ethicist and an ISEE member for almost 20 years. My research is in value theory with a focus on significance of the emotional attitudes that people take toward the natural world. I teach environmental ethics and the undergraduate and graduate levels.

You can find more information about me here.

SECRETARY

Simona Capisani

My areas of research and teaching specialty are in environmental philosophy, political philosophy, and feminist philosophy. I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University for the Climate Futures Initiative in Science, Values, and Policy – an interdisciplinary position in which I hold a joint appointment in the University Center for Human Values and the High Meadows Environmental Institute. Prior to my position at Princeton, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, where I am currently an Associate Researcher focusing on climate justice. As a Harvard Fellow I was a member of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation research cluster on migration focusing on climate-induced displacement and migration. I hold a PhD in Philosophy from University of California, Irvine as well as a Feminist Emphasis Certificate from UCI’s Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies. I also hold a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from UCI’s Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation for which I was a Pedagogical Fellow specializing in Inclusive Pedagogy.

I have deep appreciation for ISEE since becoming an active member in 2018. The society has inspired numerous opportunities for collaboration, has offered a productive space to share and gain feedback on research, and most importantly has provided me with an engaged and supportive community. If I was to have the opportunity to provide support as an ISEE officer, I would prioritize ISEE’s commitment to inclusive community building in the events and activities I would help to develop. In my current voluntary role as Director of Mentoring for the International Society for Environmental Ethics I help to coordinate a multi-tiered mentorship program and develop resources for under-represented graduate students, early career academics, and faculty teaching and researching in environmental and climate justice.

My own approach to teaching, course design, classroom development as well as my research, service work, and the pedagogical education and training I have offered in my role as a Pedagogical Fellow is characterized by a commitment to inclusion and equity. As a member of several underrepresented groups in my discipline myself, I have extensive experience mentoring and supporting underserved students as well as peers and fellow. I have actively worked to address issues of exclusion and retention in an academic context as well as in the community-focused work I have done throughout my professional career.

My experience and commitment to supporting under-served groups beyond teaching involves work on a local level within departments as well as on a regional and international scale. For example, as the Director of the non-profit Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) I was responsible for supporting over 100 campus-based chapters and guided the development of various programs including inclusive pedagogy training, justice, and ethics education for children in underserved communities, education for incarcerated students, and undergraduate outreach and support. Additionally, I am currently teaching an accredited Environmental Justice course for incarcerated students in the New Jersey Prison system through Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative and I have had the opportunity to discuss and lead trainings on place-based and experiential learning, particularly about climate and environmental justice, with educational professionals at the secondary and post-secondary level. As an officer I would happily support and facilitate the development of related projects and programs should ISEE members be interested in expanding the society’s community and would work to establish networks of support with other organizations to provide resources for teaching, researching, and engaging with environmental philosophy, ethics, and climate justice.

Corey Katz

I remember the first ISEE at APA session I attended in graduate school. I nervously presented and then received excellent questions, positive feedback, and genuine warmth from established scholars whose names I knew and whose books I’d read. As I have continued participating in ISEE sessions and summer conferences, I have always found that warm and supportive atmosphere, and I appreciate being a member of this community. That is why I decided to do my small part of contributing to ISEE by taking up the reins of re-starting the newsletter.

Working with the current Secretary Alex Lee, I created a new, more modern looking layout and solicited announcements from ISEE officers and members. We also decided to solicit short reflection pieces on the pandemic and racial justice in environmental ethics for which I served as editor. I think the newsletter has been valuable for the membership and also contributes to archiving the Society’s activities.

In my role of Secretary, I would undertake a re-organization of the ISEE website. There is a lot of archival information available. We should keep it available, but clean things up to give a stronger focus on what is happening in the Society now. This includes amazing work led by Marion and Simona creating a shared pedagogical resource collection that foregrounds inclusive pedagogy, and Slack channels that allow mentors, mentees and anyone to collaborate on a range of topics. I would also like to create a feature similar to the American Philosophical Association blog’s “member of the month,” specifically aiming to amplify the work, voice and experience of junior scholars and members of groups underrepresented in the profession. It would also be a way for members to learn about other members and another small step in continuing to move us from being a Society to being a diverse and inclusive community.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Simon James

I came to environmental philosophy by a roundabout route, taking a BSc in Biological Sciences followed by an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science, before obtaining a PhD for a thesis on environmental ethics. Post-PhD, I spent two years as a Leverhulme Research Fellow (a post which required me to travel around Asia interviewing environmentalists and Buddhists). I am currently an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Durham University in the UK.

I try to do environmental philosophy in a way that takes seriously different ways of thinking about, and more broadly inhabiting, the world. Not only does my research and teaching range across the analytic-Continental divide in Western philosophy; I have also both worked on and taught Asian traditions of thought. At Durham, for instance, I teach Buddhist philosophy, amongst other things, and I have spoken at Faculty level in favour of decolonising the curriculum.

I have written a number of articles on environmental philosophy as well as several books, including Zen Buddhism and Environmental Ethics (Routledge, 2004); The Presence of Nature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009); and Environmental Philosophy: An Introduction (Polity, 2015). My forthcoming book, How Nature Matters (Oxford University Press, 2022), presents a new theory of environmental value, based on the concepts of meaning, constitution and cultural identity.

I’ve made a number of other contributions to the discipline. Amongst other things, I serve on the editorial boards of both Environmental Values and Environmental Ethics, I have contributed to various policy-focused debates (as, for instance, a member of an Environmental Ethics Roundtable organised by the UK Government) and I have spoken about environmental ethics at several public events (including on BBC radio).

As for what I think ISEE should be doing – apart from keeping up the good work it’s already doing, I think it would be worth considering whether the Society could move – or move further – in the following two directions:

First, I would be interested in seeing whether the Society could work not just with institutions of Higher Education but with schools, if only by producing material – case studies and accompanying questions, for example – that teachers could use to help their pupils think about the philosophical dimensions of environmental issues.

Second, I wonder whether more could be done to encourage and help environmental philosophers to take more prominent roles in policy-related debates. I say this because in certain important and philosophically interesting discussions of environmental policy, the voices of professional environmental philosophers are rarely heard. Take the debate about whether environmental issues should be framed in terms of ‘relational value’ and ‘nature’s contributions to people’. Natural scientists and social scientists have had much to say in that important debate; but, with a few notable exceptions (including Barbara Muraca and Bryan Norton), philosophers haven’t contributed. That is a shame since many of the topics discussed – for example, the question of what it means for a value to be ‘relational’ – fall squarely into the category of environmental philosophy.

Kian Mintz-Woo

I am pleased to stand as a member of the ISEE Nominating Committee. I have been involved with ISEE for a few years, most significantly since the 2019 retreat (Eugene, Oregon). I try to be aware of potential environmental philosophy that is inclusive, both internationally and interdisciplinarily. Having studied or worked in six countries and co-authored across multiple disciplinary boundaries, I think I am well-equipped to have a wide variety of potential contacts that I could use to help bring into the ISEE community. I am also interested in the ways that environmental ethics can be helpful in policy and practical debates, and that shapes some of my contacts.

A little about me: I am an Assistant Professor at University College Cork (Ireland), and have published widely at the interface of climate ethics, climate economics and climate policy. I am especially passionate about climate communication, and put a lot of time into public philosophy and translating between academia and the public.

I look forward to working with the nominating committee in enlarging the ISEE community.

Markku Oksanen

Markku Oksanen is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Eastern Finland. His first touch with ISEE goes back to 1995 when he travelled to Athens, Georgia, to attend the conference on Global Marketplace and Environmental Ethics and gave a paper on conceptions of ownership and environmental ethics.  He has written on a wide spectrum of issues in environmental ethics both in English and in Finnish, his mother tongue. His most recent publications cover such topics as environmental human rights, rights of nature, climate-based veganism and child’s rights in the heating world. Currently he is working on two books: co-editing one on democracy and future generations and co-authoring another on philosophy and sustainability, both in Finnish. He teaches introductory courses on philosophy, social philosophy, and ethics in addition to more specific environmental philosophy courses that vary from year to year. He has agreed to run for the membership in the ISEE Nomination Committee. In terms of permanent positions, Finnish philosophy is highly dominated by males and though recognising being a part of that cluster, he wishes to follow the Society’s diversity statement as a basis for future decisions on Society offices.

Yasha Rowher

My name is Yasha Rohwer, and I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Oregon Institute of Technology. I am honored to be nominated to the nominating committee of the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE).  I began my philosophical career with a focus in philosophy of science, but after my first ISEE meeting, I gradually shifted to focus more and more on environmental ethics. My work in environmental ethics focuses on foundational values in conservation biology and the moral permissibility of using technologies, especially genetic technologies, for conservation projects.  I have published articles in Environmental Values, Ethics, Policy & Environment, Conservation Biology, Restoration Ecology, and Conservation Science and Practice.

I have recently become a book review editor at the journal Environmental Ethics (along with Simona Capisani).  As a book review editor, I am dedicated to ensuring that the journal review books and appoints reviewers that represent diverse perspectives, experiences, and values.  As a member of the nominating committee, I would work hard to do the same for ISEE—be it leadership positions or conferences presenters. I will work hard to continue ISEE’s efforts to make conferences, workshops, and other spaces more inclusive and welcoming to people of diverse backgrounds and identities.

If elected as a nominating committee member, I would also like to encourage ISEE to coordinate more with conservation biology and ecology societies.  Our insights and ideas need to be shared with and discussed more with folks who are actively intervening in the environment.

Being a member of ISEE has enriched my philosophical career in so many ways. I have learned so much from conferences, workshops, and colleagues and friends that I have made over the years attending ISEE events. I would like very much to serve the society and help it enrich the lives of other folks interested in environmental ethics.

Jennifer Welchman

Jennifer Welchman (PhD Johns Hopkins University) is a professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta. She teaches and does research in the areas of the Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Aesthetics of Nature. She is a founding member and current Director of the Canadian Society for Environmental Philosophy/Société Canadienne de Philosophie Environnementale. Recent publications include “Does Justice Require De-extinction of the Heath Hen?” for Animals in Our Midst: the Challenge of Co-existing with Animals in the Anthropocene (Springer 2021), “Should Biodiversity Be Conserved for its Aesthetic Value?  Biology and Philosophy (2020), and “Wildlife Conservation in the Anthropocene: The Challenge of Hybridization,” for New Perspectives in Canadian Environmental Philosophy (Montreal: McGill, 2019). She hopes to contribute to broadening and diversifying the membership of the ISEE and the activities it supports in the coming years.

Anna Wienhues

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Ethics Research Institute at the Department of Philosophy and affiliated with the University Research Priority Programme Global Change and Biodiversity of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In 2018 I received my PhD in political theory from the University of Manchester, UK. In my research I have been focusing, on the one hand, on different themes in environmental ethics such as biocentric perspectives on moral standing and concepts such as natural otherness and biodiversity. On the other hand, I also have an interest in green political theory, such as questions of interspecies and environmental justice and what this implies for sustainability and just conservation. The latter topic is subject of my book ‘Ecological Justice and the Extinction Crisis: Giving Living Beings their Due’ (Bristol University Press, 2020).

If elected to the ISEE Nominating Committee, I would be excited to have the opportunity to contribute towards engaging promising candidates for ISEE officer positions and calls, and continuing to further the society’s diversity commitment. In this role I would particularly like to promote the society’s outreach to international membership, and inclusivity in its outlook in order to integrate a variety of different cultural perspectives, values and approaches to environmental ethics. This would also include supporting the participation and amplifying the voices of many groups that have historically been less well represented in the field of environmental ethics.