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.

FINAL CALL – ISEE at the Pacific APA, April 16 -20, 2014, San Diego, CA, USA

Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) sessions at the 2014 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).  The upcoming meeting will be held in San Diego, CA, USA from Wednesday, April 16th to Sunday, April 20th at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel. Continue reading

JOB – Asst. Prof., Food and the Environment, CU Boulder

CU BoulderThe University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado, USA) seeks candidates for a position of assistant professor with expertise in sustainable food systems or related fields of food harvest or production and its environmental implications.  The environmental consequences of human food needs are inherently interdisciplinary, in that they involve ecological processes, natural resource management, policies to address equity and security, public health, and human values and decisions. We seek candidates with research explicitly focused on the interactions between food systems and the supporting environment.  

Topical research foci for this position could include (but are not limited to):

  • environmental effects of locally, organically-grown, and genetically-modified food, aquaculture, traditional and indigenous agricultural systems
  • sustainable fisheries
  • links between fuel and food production and environmental conservation
  • food justice
  • or energy and water use in agriculture.  

Candidates should have experience in these or related fields and a clear research plan to continue or expand these efforts, congruent with the broad interdisciplinary orientation of the ENVS program at CU Boulder.  

Candidates from any relevant field of social or natural sciences or the humanities are encouraged to apply.

The candidate will have a primary appointment in the Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) at CU Boulder.  The ENVS program is a dynamic, internationally recognized program with over 25 faculty, 55 graduate students, and over 1000 undergraduate majors.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the environmental studies website to learn more about ENVS’s broad and interdisciplinary composition.

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To Apply

Consideration of applications will begin on October 14, 2013 and will continue until the appointment is made.  Please submit a cover letter indicating interest in the position, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, at least one but no more than three writing samples/publications, and complete contact information for at least three referees to, posting #F00698.  A successful candidate should use these documents to demonstrate an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to research and education in environmental studies.  A PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in disciplines related to environmental studies at the time of appointment, evidence of current scholarly activity as well as a commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education are required.

Potential candidates seeking additional information, or those wishing to submit nominations, may contact the Search Committee Chair, Daniel Doak, at

CFP – Peoples, Land, and Water: The Natural Connection

Conference: November 3 to 6, 2013
Deadline for Abstract: October 6, 2013
en français

A Bilingual (French & English) International Conference
at Espam-Formation University, Cotonou, Republic of Benin

The African Environmental Ethics and Values Research Group in the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos, Nigeria and Espam-Formation University, Cotonou, Republic of Benin in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas, located in Denton, Texas, United States will hold its fourth annual conference on the above theme.  The Conference Coordinators are, Dr. Chigbo Joseph Ekwealo at or and Dr. Gene Hargrove at

AfricaThe first was at UNT, Denton, Texas in May 2010 on “African Environmental Ethics and Values in the 21st Century.” The second was held from June 30 to July 2, 2011 at the University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos, Nigeria on “Environmental Justice, Restoration, and Sustainability in Africa.” A third conference was held at the University of Lagos, Akoka-Lagos, Nigeria on “African Environmental Ethics, Philosophy and Education versus Environmental Activism and Advocacy: The Great Debate.”

Land and water has always been the immediate surroundings of peoples in all existences and continents. It has always been the base on which Man depends on for his existence. Land serves as home, a nutrient-filled and agricultural base, a thoroughfare, a religious base, et cetera. Water is all important beginning with the human body made up of water, water also serves as nourishment, used for cooking and the rivers, streams and oceans are home for very many habitats necessary for life. Wars have been fought to protect and preserve land and water space meaning that they are fundamental resource for human survival. Prevailing civilizations and epochs are chronicled with the effects these constituents have on human life. The conference therefore would like to explore these great connections from the humanities, science and social science perspectives. The hope of the conference is to discuss the interconnectedness or relatedness of these three theatres of life for existence/ living and chart a model or value system for the preservation of the resources and sustainable use by the human society.

The conference welcomes papers and presentations from academics, civil societies groups and natural activists, government, et cetera on any aspect of the discourse. Themes therefore include but are not limited to traditional and contemporary notions of land and water, religious notions, scientific and spiritual qualities of land and water, peoples and culture, science of the cosmos, et cetera. Papers from other continental perspectives that may be comparative in addressing the theme of the conference are welcomed.

To Submit:

Abstracts of not more than 250 words should be sent to the Conference Coordinator, Dr. Chigbo Joseph Ekwealo at or

The conference registration fee is $250 for foreign delegates and N30, 000.00 (Naira) for Nigerian participants, which includes all program materials, lunch for two days. Questions regarding mode of payment, transportation, accommodation, and other logistics should be directed to the Conference Coordinator, Dr. Chigbo Ekwealo (, for the French delegates, the Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Martial Lipeb ( or the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Esther Tchokouatcheu (, Espam-Formation University, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

Select papers will be published in the peer reviewed Journal of African Environmental Ethics and Values, Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos, Nigeria OR Journal of Intercultural Studies, Espam-Formation University, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.

CFP – Workshop on Food Justice

Cultivating-Food-Justice-LogoThe Second Annual Workshop on Food Justice: Bringing Theory and Practice Together
Michigan State University
May 23rd – 25th, 2014


Food justice is a growing movement that has inspired both on-the-ground community projects and theoretical articulations across multiple disciplines. This workshop aims to help scholars and practitioners identify and address the challenges and opportunities in food justice, including issues surrounding food access, food sovereignty, agricultural and environmental ethics, and agricultural sustainability . The conference will span three days and include scholarly talks and visits to local environmental justice projects.

Paper proposals are invited in areas such as

  • Food security and food sovereignty
  • Local foods as a social movement
  • Agricultural ecology and sustainability
  • Issues surrounding non-human animals in agriculture
  • Food, diet, and cooking as co-constitutive with identity
  • Agricultural policy and food standards

The workshop is intended as a transdisciplinary space to forge connections between theories and between theory and practice.  Papers accessible to a public audience in disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, geography, history, literary criticism, political ecology, religious studies, and the human dimensions of environmental sciences are all encouraged.  Details of the first conference can be found at

Submission Guidelines

Proposals for panels and 300-word abstracts for individual presentations are due by March 1st, 2014. Please send proposals and abstracts, and any questions, to Ian Werkheiser or Zach Piso.

CALL FOR PAPERS – “Current Developments on Animal and Food Ethics”, PhaenEx


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Call for papers for a special issue of PhaenEx. The Journal of Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC/TCEP) on “Current Developments in Animal and Food Ethics”/ “Récents développements en éthique animale et en éthique alimentaire”

We are looking for papers related (but not limited to) the following:
→ veganism and carnism
→ animal rights and welfare (as well as the recent political shift in animal ethics)
→ critical perspectives on mainstream representations of animals
→ feminist perspectives and relational ethics
→ critical analysis of food imagery and discourses (i.e. advertising campaigns, clichés, etc.)
→ legal and practical difficulties of exposing the conditions in which animals live and die in farming, zoos, circuses and laboratories
→ the welfarist/abolitionist debate
→ the recent ag-gag law in the US
→ ecofeminism and environmentalism

Deadline is July 1st 2013 and all papers will be peer-reviewed.

Send papers to Christiane Bailey and Chloë Taylor:

More info:

Call for papers (PDF):


Voici un appel de texte de PhaenEx, revue de théorie et culture existentialistes et phénoménologiques (EPTC/TCEP) pour un prochain numéro “Current Developments in Animal and Food Ethics”/ “Récents développements en éthique animale et en éthique alimentaire”

Propositions liées aux sujets suivants sont bienvenues (et sujets connexes):
→ au véganisme et au carnisme
→ à l’éthique animale (et au récent tournant politique des droits des animaux)
→ aux perspectives critiques sur les représentations populaires des animaux (campagnes publicitaires, clichés, etc.)
→ aux perspectives féministes et à l’éthique relationnelle
→ aux difficultés légales et pragmatiques de dénoncer les conditions de vie et de mort des animaux dans les élevages, les zoos, les cirques et les laboratoires
→ au débat abolitionniste-welfariste
→ aux lois visant à limiter l’accès aux élevages aux États-Unis (“ag-gag” laws)
→ environnementalisme et écoféminisme

La date limite est le 1er juillet 2013 et les articles seront soumis à une évaluation à l’aveugle par les pairs.

Envoyez vos articles à Christiane Bailey et Chloë Taylor: