CALL FOR PAPERS – Conference on Nature/Society

The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group invites you to participate in the third annual

February 28 – March 3, 2013
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Featured Speakers:
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 beginning November 1, 2012 to register. 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 any questions to

JOB – Princeton Environmental Institute

Princeton University seeks to appoint one or more distinguished humanists whose work is related to the environment.  The position(s) will provide salary plus benefits for a semester long visit or the duration of a full academic year, depending on the negotiated length of the visit and available funding.  The funds may be used to supplement a sabbatical leave.

The position is supported by the Princeton Environmental Institute – the interdisciplinary center of environmental research, education,  and outreach at Princeton University.  Persons appointed will hold the title of the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities.

Applicants should be accomplished scholars on leave from their home institution, who have exceptional records of publication and teaching and whose interests lie at the intersection of environmental issues and the humanities. Of particular interest are scholars with expertise and interests related to key environmental concerns including conservation, biodiversity, global change, energy, sustainable development, global health, clean air and water, wilderness preservation, and environmental justice.  Backgrounds in religion and ecology, environmental history, American Studies, environmental criticism, and creative expression are particularly of interest.

The visitor(s) will have a shared appointment in the Princeton Environmental Institute and a supporting department at Princeton University.  The incumbent Barron Visitor(s) will be expected to contribute to the life of this vibrant academic center and to cultivate dialogue at the intersection of the humanities and the environment at Princeton.  He/she will be expected to teach one or more courses subject to sufficient enrollment and approval by the Dean of the Faculty and to mentor/advise two to three students on independent projects.  Other activities may include the organization of University/public lectures and forums on related topics.  Remaining duty time may be devoted to research and writing.

The incumbent’s annual salary will be determined based upon his/her salary at the home institution, not to exceed the level established for an equivalent rank of associate or full professor in the supporting department.

Applications should include (1) a cover letter; (2) for scholars on sabbatical leave, an indication of and justification for the level of support requested; (3) a brief description of any previous experience in interdisciplinary and/or collaborative research; (4) a statement of research and teaching plans at the intersection of environment and humanities; and (5) a current curriculum vitae.

To apply, please link to, position requisition number 1200121; Questions about the application process for these positions may be directed to Frances Juhasz at

WORKSHOP – David Abram, Between the Body & The Breathing Earth

Jul 27 – Aug 1, 2012
At the Hollyhock Learning Centre in BC Canada

As the climate veers toward catastrophe, the innumerable losses cascading through the biosphere make vividly evident the need for a transformation in our relation to the rest of nature.  Let’s awaken our animal senses, shaking them free from outmoded concepts, invigorating our felt experience of the many-voiced terrain.  Through elemental encounters with the living land, through conversation and magic, through vivid storytelling and creaturely shape shifting, we’ll open the way for a new relation between the human animal and the animate earth.

David Abram, co-founder of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), is a cultural ecologist and geo-philosopher who teaches widely on several continents.  He’s the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous.  

“Prose as lush as a moss-draped rain forest and as luminous as a high desert night. . . Deeply resonant with indigenous ways of knowing, Abram lets us listen in on wordless conversations with ancient boulders, walruses, birds, and roof beams. His profound recognition of intelligences other than our own enables us to enter into reciprocal symbioses that can, in turn, sustain the world. Becoming Animal illuminates a way forward in restoring relationship with the earth, led by our vibrant animal bodies to re-inhabit the glittering world.” – Orion Magazine

WORKSHOP – Second Global Environments Summer Academy on Socio-ecological Interactions in a Dynamic World

The Rachel Carson Center and the Global Diversity Foundation are now calling for applications for GESA 2012: the second Global Environments Summer Academy on Socio-ecological Interactions in a Dynamic World, to be held as part of the Munich International Summer University in August 2012.  The Academy is designed to broaden and deepen the knowledge, networking, and communication skills of postgraduate students and professionals who are concerned about human dimensions of environmental challenges.

The course conveners will select 15–18 Masters/PhD students or professionals from around the world who have the capacity to become future environmental leaders in academic, civil society or governmental institutions. The cost of the Academy is €1500, inclusive of accommodation, tuition, field trips, insurance and materials, but excluding local and international travel, meals and other living costs. Some partial and full scholarships will be available to cover travel, living costs in Munich and the course fee.

We invite applications from students in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences – as well as from postgraduates already working in advocacy, media or policy – who focus on the relationship of environment and society.  We expect to choose candidates from a diverse range of disciplines including (but not limited to) anthropology, area studies, conservation biology, earth sciences, ecology, economics, environmental history, environmental philosophy, environmental studies, geography, history, literary studies, media studies, psychology, religious studies, sociology, visual arts and other fields.

GESA 2012 will focus on human dimensions of global environmental change, ranging from adaptive community management regimes to planetary processes. It will span local to global scales in exploring the most critical contemporary environmental issues from the perspective of biocultural diversity, environmental history and sustainability studies. Students will gain literacy in policy matters and will acquire skills in research design, fieldwork methods and data analysis related to documenting local environmental knowledge.

Interested students and professionals can now apply for the course by filling in the
application before 15 March 2012.  More details about the course content, financial information and registration are available on the downloadable GESA 2012 Overview. For more information, visit the GESA website, which provides an overview of the first Summer Academy held from 2 – 26 August 2011.

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CONFERENCE – 5th Latin American (Inter-American) Environmental Philosophy Conference 2013

The Fifth Latin American (Inter-American) Environmental Philosophy Conference will be held in Puerto Natales, Chile, on March 13-17, 2013.  The conference will be preceded by an International Course (March 4-13, 2013) on “Biodiversity and Conservation: Integrating new ecological understanding and ethical foundations,” coordinated by Drs. Juan Armesto and Dr. Ricardo Rozzi.

Post-conference optional field trips will include visits to the Senda Darwin Biological Station (Chiloé Island) to learn about long-term ecological research on forest biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and plant-animal interactions in rural landscapes, and to the Omora Ethnobotanical Park to learn about the field environmental philosophy program, sub-Antarctic ecotourism and biocultural conservation in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve.

The course and the conference are co-organized by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB – Chile) and the Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG) in collaboration with the University of North Texas (UNT), the Center for Environmental Philosophy (CEP), and the Group of Environmental Thinking “Augusto Angel Maya” led by Dr. Patricia Noguera at the Department of Human Sciences and the Institute of Environmental Studies (IDEA), Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Campus Manizales.

For more information, contact