CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Creating a Climate for Change; University of Kansas

Creating a Climate for Change: Activism Within and Beyond the Borders of the Classroom

May 28-June 1
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

This panel explores the ways in which scholars within the Environmental Humanities contribute to the fight for earth sustainability and justice through activist approaches in criticism and teaching that transform human behavior and shape societal attitudes. In the humanities we are too often accused of “navel-gazing,” of being removed from “real world” issues, but the growing field of the Environmental Humanities itself challenges this misconceived notion. Comprised of teachers and critics from a range of academic institutions, humanist disciplines, and cultural backgrounds, this panel collectively raises questions about how humanist study translates into activism and creates change. We are interested in how scholars employ activism in their work—by pushing back on the limits set by the publishing industry about genre and audience; by bringing humanist work to the sciences and demanding to be heard; by engaging critical questions of human behavior and cultural values; by encouraging students to become active citizens. Papers are welcome from any facet of the Environmental Humanities, including (but not limited to) Environmental Justice, Animal Studies, Ecofeminism, the Rhetoric of Science and Technology, Indigenous Ecologies, Ecocriticism, Eco-semantics or Eco-poetics, Environmental History or Anthropology, Visual or Performance Art.

Please send a 250-word abstract to Chiyo Crawford at by Oct. 20. Deadlines for other panel proposals vary. For more information about the conference please visit the official conference website or see the full call for papers.

Panel co-chairs:

Dr. Brianna Burke
Professor of Environmental Humanities
English Department
Iowa State University

Dr. Chiyo Crawford
Holyoke Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Mount Holyoke College

FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS – ISEE Sessions at the Pacific APA, Spring 2013

International Society for Environmental Ethics LogoSubmissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) sessions at the 2013 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).  The upcoming meeting will be held in the always beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA from Wednesday, March 27th to Sunday, March 31st.

ISEE invites submissions of individual papers (approximately 20 minutes running time) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author-meets-critics, etc.; 2 hours running time).  Submissions are encouraged from those working interdisciplinarily and include but are not limited to the following areas:

  • animal studies,
  • green religion,
  • sustainability,
  • climate ethics,
  • conservation ethics,
  • environmental education,
  • environmental justice,
  • environmental policy,
  • ecophenomenology,
  • environmental pragmatism,
  • food, water, & agricultural ethics,
  • geoengineering, synthetic biology, & nanotechnology,
  • feminist, post-colonial, and queer studies.

Submission Procedure:

  • For individual paper submissions, please submit either: 1) a full paper, or 2) a 300-word abstract.
  • For themed sessions, please submit the proposed session title, a brief description of the session, names of presenters, 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 William Grove-Fanning: williamgrovefanning@hotmail.comThe deadline for submitting materials and proposals is September 1st, 2012.  Early submissions are most welcome.  Decisions will be made by late September.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Changing Nature: Migrations, Energies, Limits (ASLE)

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
Tenth Biennial Conference,
May 28-June 1, 2013
University of Kansas, Lawrence

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) invites proposals for its Tenth Biennial Conference, to be held May 28th through June 1st, 2013, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The decennial conference theme is intended to reflect some of the most engaging current conversations within the environmental humanities and across disciplines, and to link those discussions to the transnational nexus of energy, labor, borders, and human and nonhuman environments that are so fundamentally “changing nature,” and with it the widely varied kinds of environmental critique we practice, art we make, and politics we advocate. Migrations–of humans, of non-human creatures, of “invasive species,” of industrial toxins across aquifers and cellular membranes, of disease across species and nations, of transgenic pollen and GM fish-have changed the meanings of place, bodies, nations, and have lent new urgency to the old adage that “everything is connected to everything.” Energies–fossil, renewable, human, spiritual, aesthetic, organic-radically empower our species for good and for ill, and make our individual and collective choices into the Anthropocene. And those choices are profoundly about Limits on resources, climate, soil, and water; about voluntary and involuntary curbs on individual and collective consumption and waste; about the often porous and often violently marked borders of empire, class, race, and gender.

We seek proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and other public presentations that address the intersections between representation, nature, and culture, and that are connected to the conference’s deliberately broad and, we hope, provocative theme. As always, we emphatically welcome interdisciplinary approaches; readings of environmentally inflected fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and film; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, practitioners, activists, and colleagues in the social and natural sciences. An incomplete list of possible topics might include, combine, and are certainly not limited to:

  • Petro-culture and the Energies of Modernity: the Keystone pipeline, hydrofracking, tar sands, global capital and resource wars, the possibility of change
  • Aesthetics and the Futures of Environmental Representation
  • Climate Change: mitigation, adaptation, costs, and the concept of place
  • Empire, Race and Environment: postcolonial ecocriticism
  • The Futures of Ecofeminism
  • Indigenous Environmentalisms
  • “Natural” Histories of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Class, Sexualities…
  • Ecocomposition, environmentalism and rhetoric, sustainable pedagogies/the pedagogies of sustainability
  • Environmental Justice: toxins, food, climate, sovereignty
  • Postnatural Nature, Posthuman Humanism
  • Digital Representation and Natural Experience
  • Biotechnology: prostheses, genetic modification, synthetic life
  • Waste: from adopt-a-highway to the pacific garbage patch
  • Animals, Animality: us and us
  • Evolution, Epigenetic Change, Politics
  • Affect and Environmentalism: love, despair, postdespair

(More speakers TBA)

Stacy Alaimo, Distinguished Teaching Professor in English, University of Texas at Arlington. Author of Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space and Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self.

Maxine Burkett, Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i and inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), at the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program.

Juan Carlos Galeano, Spanish Poetry and Amazonian Studies, Florida State University. Author of Amazonia and Folktales of the Amazon.

Wes Jackson, resident of the Land Institute. Author of
Nature as Measure (2011) and Consulting the Genius of the Place (2010).

Rob Nixon, Rachel Carson Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor and Dreambirds: The Natural History of a Fantasy.

Jeffrey Thomson, Poetry and Nonfiction, University of Maine Farmington. Author of Birdwatching in Wartime and Renovation.

Daniel Wildcat, American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University. Co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and author of Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge and (with Vine Deloria, Jr.) Power and Place: Indian Education in America.

Cary Wolfe, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English, Rice University. Author of Animal Rites: American Culture, The Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory and What Is Posthumanism?

Donald Worster, Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Professor of U.S. History, University of Kansas. Author of Nature’s Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas, Dust Bowl: the Southern Plains in the 1930s, and A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir.


As we have in the past, we will hold a number of pre-conference workshops on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, on central and emerging topics that reflect the diversity of our approaches and our membership. Rather than choose conference leaders in advance, however, we are calling for proposals for workshops and will post what seem the most compelling set of panels before the conference registration opens. Preconference workshop leaders will receive free registration for the 2013 conference and a complementary year’s membership in ASLE. For more information or to submit a proposal to lead a preconference workshop, please email Greta Gaard, ASLE’s 2013 Preconference Workshop Coordinator ( Proposals should include (a) a 500 word (max) proposal outlining the proposed workshop theme, structure, and your particular qualifications and (b) your vita. Pre-­conference workshop proposals must be sent by October 30, 2012.

We will also be offering half-day field excursions one afternoon that will allow attendees to experience some of the extraordinary natural beauty and fascinating history of the area, including a visit to the Konza Prairie Biological Station; a tour of the Wakarusa Wetlands, Haskell Indian Nations University Campus and Medicine Wheel; a trip to the KU Environmental Studies Field Station and Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden; mountain biking along the Kansas River; and an organic farm tour. For more information, please contact the conference site host, Byron Caminero‐Santangelo (

Finally, as announced on the diversity caucus blog and in the newsletter, the conference will make a block of time and a number of rooms available during the conference to facilitate the formation of interest group caucuses within ASLE, based around critical perspective, identity, language, region, nation, or whatever other organizing principle the group chooses. The only requirement for these groups is that they are open to all members; our hope is that the caucuses will encourage richer conversation within ASLE and will facilitate better communication between the membership and the leadership about how ASLE might strengthen its longstanding commitments to diversity. For more information on the caucuses and to request meeting space in advance, please contact ASLE diversity coordinator Salma Monani at


Stretching out on its own unbounded cale, unconfined…Combining the real and the ideal, and beautiful as dreams.”
–Walt Whitman on the view from the campus of The University of Kansas

Located in the forested hills surrounding the Kansas River, Lawrence offers the charms of a small city on the edge of the prairie with the resources of Kansas City (and its major airport) a short drive to the east.  As home to both the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence is frequently cited as one of the United States’ best college towns, and was recently ranked by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its “Dozen Most Distinctive Destinations.” The lovely KU campus sits atop Mount Oread and is a short walk, bike, or bus ride from Lawrence’s vibrant downtown, as well as the river and a number of area parks. At the center of downtown is very pedestrian-friendly Massachusetts Street, offering two miles of local shops, galleries, independent bookstores, coffeehouses, bars and live music venues, as well as a burgeoning foodie and locavore culture spearheaded by a range of downtown restaurants. For those seeking outdoor activities, the town offers extensive cycling and walking trails through town and along the Kansas River; hiking, camping, and boating at Clinton Lake and Perry Lake (each about a fifteen–‐minute drive from campus); and walking trails through the Wakarusa wetlands.

Conference housing will be provided in the university’s dormitories and in three local hotels. Dormitory housing, all conference events, and one hotel are all within a five minute walk of each other through campus. Two Conference hotels are in the center of downtown, about ten blocks from campus; regular shuttle service will be provided for those who would prefer that option. Wireless Service will be available for all conference registrants, and all rooms for concurrent sessions will be equipped with projectors and Internet access. In addition, to reduce our resource use, we will make all conference materials, including maps and the program, available online and through a smartphone app; paper materials will also be readily available at registration upon request.


For additional information and to submit a proposal for a pre-formed panel or individual paper, please visit the conference website:

  • One proposal submission allowed per person.
  • Participants can present on only one panel/paper jam/or roundtable (though serving as a chair on a panel, in addition to presenting, is permitted.)
  • Pre-formed panels are highly encouraged. To encourage institutional diversity and connection, all pre-formed panels must include participants from more than one institution and from more than one academic level.
  • Proposals must be submitted online (though if this poses a significant difficulty for an individual member, please email Paul Outka to work out an accommodation.)

All proposals must be submitted by November 15, 2012. We will evaluate your proposal carefully, and notify you of its final status by January 31, 2013.

For questions about the program, please contact 2013 ASLE President Paul Outka, at For questions about the conference site and field sessions, please contact the Conference Site Host, Byron Caminero‐Santangelo, at

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

CALL FOR PAPERS – Literature: Ecocriticism & Environment

Presentations at the 34th Annual Conference: Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Cultural Association Celebrating Popular/American Culture(s) in a Global Context

February 13 – 16, 2013 – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

For detailed information, including information about monetary awards for best graduate school papers in a variety of areas, please go to: .

Panels are now being formed for presentations regarding Literature: Ecocriticism and the Environment. Specific areas might include:

  • ecocritical approaches to literature
  • environmentally-focused artists and their art
  • representations of nature and the environment in popular and American culture
  • interdisciplinary approaches to the environment by environmental historians, philosophers, geographers, ecologists, governmental agencies, etc.
  • environmental/ecocritical pedagogy & environmental education
  • environmental discourse in the media
  • the environment in film
  • ecofeminism
  • environmental issues in the Southwest
  • urban environmentalism
  • nature writing and its authors
  • environmental activism, non-profit, governmental issues, etc.

To submit a proposal, go to and enter the proposal into the database. Deadline for submissions is November 16, 2012. Accepted applicants will be notified by email, and must register for the conference by December 31, 2012.

Information: Dr. Ken Hada, Chair
Literature: Ecocriticism & Environment
East Central University
1100 E. 14th St.
Ada, OK 74820

CONFERENCE – IAEP’s 16th Meeting, November 3-5, 2012, Rochester, NY


IAEP Executive Committee
♦ Irene Klaver, University of North Texas, Co-Director
♦ Brian Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology, Co-Director
♦ Steven Vogel, Denison University, Secretary
♦ Jonathan Maskit, Denison University, Treasurer
♦ William Edelglass, Marlboro College, Member-at-Large
♦ Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University, Member-at-Large

Facilities, Accommodations, and Registration:
All sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel. Overnight accommodation rates are available at the hotel for the conference rate of $130 for a single or double occupancy. Call 585-546-1234 for reservations. To receive this rate participants must identify themselves as attending the SPEP conference and make their reservations no later than September 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM. Conference registration will take place on Saturday evening and Sunday morning outside the Regency Ballroom.

8:00 p.m.

Regency Ballroom

Introduced and Moderated by Brian Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology
“A Prolegomenon to Transversal Geophilosophy”

Moravian College

Hwa Yol Jung is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Moravian College. He is the author of many articles and books in numerous academic disciplines and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. A pioneer in environmental philosophy, his recent works include Transversal Rationality and Intercultural Texts: Essays in Phenomenology and Comparative Philosophy (2011) and The Way of Ecopiety: Essays in Transversal Geophilosophy (2009).

Reception to Follow
9:30 p.m.
Main Street Gallery 2

9:00—10:30 a.m.

Session 1: New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Local Food, Interspecies Justice, and Heritage
Room: Hanson
Moderator: David Utsler, University of North Texas

  • “Non-human Others, Community, and a Critique of Property,” Samantha Noll, Michigan State University
  • “Traversing Moral Terrains: Why Truth and Reconciliation Are Not Enough,” Esme Murdock, Michigan State University
  • “Integrating Environmental Justice into Climate Ethics,” Dan Beck, Michigan State University

Session 2: Ethical Land Abuse: A Critique of Environmental Ethics—In Three Land-Use Debates
Suite #3212
Moderator: Paul Thompson, Michigan State University

  • “Environmental Ethics and Tribal Sovereignty,” Kyle Whyte, Michigan State University
  • “A Phenomenology of Fences,” Brian Seitz, Babson College
  • “‘We’re good on the count, but short on the gain’: Yellowstone’s Wolves and the End of Environmental Ethics,” Thomas Thorp, Saint Xavier University

Session 3: Animality: Continental Perspectives on the Non-Human
Room: Cohr

Moderator: David Wood, Vanderbilt University

  • “A Heideggerian Ethics of Being-with-Non-Human-Others,” Julie Kuhlken, Misericordia University
  • “Sacrificing the Animal, Ingesting the Father: a Derridean Animalization of the Freudian Primal Parricide,” David Craig, University of Oregon
  • “Bataille’s Philosophy and the Theology of Animal Life,” Donald Turner, Nashville State Community College

10:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m., Coffee Break, Main Street Gallery

10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

Session 1: Art and Environmental Values
Room: Hanson
Moderator: Edward S. Casey, Stony Brook University

  • “Disturbing the Field,” Beth Carruthers, Emily Carr University
  • “Art and the Social Psychology of Environmental Values,” Thomas Dietz, Michigan State University
  • “The Art of the Possible,” David Wood, Vanderbilt University

Session 2: Gary Snyder and the Elements of the Wild
Suite #3212
Moderator: Bret W. Davis, Loyola University Maryland

  • “Painting Mountains and Rivers: Snyder, Dōgen, and the Sutra of the Wild,” Jason Wirth, Seattle University
  • “Wild and Organic: Snyder’s Ecology of Mind,” Elizabeth Sikes, Seattle University
  • “Back on Fire: Snyder, Heraclitus, and the Play of the Elemental Logos,” Josh Hayes, Santa Clara University

Session 3: Explorations in Animal Intentionality
Room: Corh
Moderator: Kenneth Liberman, University of Oregon

  • “Animal Intentionality and the Possibility of Moral Discourse: Reflections on Husserl and Plumwood,” Charles Brown, Emporia State University
  • “The Intersection of Human and Animal Intentionality: Cross-Species Interaction, Generative
  • Phenomenology, and the Density of Personhood,” Sam Cocks, University of Wisconsin—La Crosse
  • “Homeostasis, Axiological Intentionality, and Adaptive Fitness,” Adam Konopka, The College of Mount St. Joseph

2:00—3:30 p.m.

Session 1: Foucault and the Environment: Biopolitics, Species, and Resistance
Room: Hanson
Moderator: Ladelle McWhorter, University of Richmond

  • “The Domination of Nature: A Foucaultian Contribution to Environmental Ethics,” Bryan Bannon, University of North Florida
  • “‘Baa’d Sheep: Foucault, Heterosexuality, and the Discourse of Species,” Rebekah Sinclair, Claremont Graduate University
  • “Biopower and Environmental Politics,” Thomas Nail, University of Denver

Session 2: Early Twentieth-Century Influences on Environmental Philosophy
Suite #3212
Moderator: Matthew Ally, City University of New York/BMCC

  • “The Importance of Ortega for Environmental Ethics,” Anthony Fernandez, University of South Florida
  • “Bergsonism as a Basis for Environmentalism?” Philip Smolensk, McMaster University
  • “Ecological Resilience as a Reconstruction of Deweyan Growth,” Zach Piso, Michigan State University

Session 3: Flowing from Nature to Culture: Reflecting on Water, Pipes, and Toilets
Room: Corh
Moderator: William Edelglass, Marlboro College

  • “The Status of Water in Sustainability and Urban Planning: Does Water Have Intrinsic Value?” Shane Epting, University of North Texas
  • “The Culture and Nature of Springs,” Joey Aloi, University of North Texas
  • “Reflection and Visibility: The Body in Bathroom Practices,” Brian Onishi, University of North Texas

3:30 p.m.—3:45 p.m., Coffee Break
Main Street Gallery

3:45 p.m.—5:15 p.m.

Session 1: Themes in Eco-Phenomenology
Room: Hanson
Moderator: Dominika Dzwonkowska, Cardinal Stephan Wyszyński University

  • “On Being and Buying: Phenomenology, Eco-Phenomenology, and Consumerism,” Matthew Meyer, University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire
  • “The Phenomenology of Climate Denial: Grasping our Lack of Response and Responsibility in a Threatening World,” Matthew Ally, City University of New York/BMCC “Nature Screened: An Eco-Film-Phenomenology,” Ilan Safit, Pace University

Session 2: The Environmental Imagination
Suite #3212
Moderator: Irene Klaver, University of North Texas

  • “A Sense of the World: Imagination, Ethics, and the Environment,” Philip Day, University of North Texas
  • “In Word and Deed: Towards a Hermeneutic Environmental Imagination,” Nathan Bell, University of North Texas “Catastrophe in Permanence: Eco-Flânerie and the Urban Imagination,” Matt Bower, University of North Texas

Session 3: Ethics and Animals
Room: Corh
Moderator: Silvia Benso, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • “Mobilizing Care Ethics in Cases: Of Animal Welfare: A Roadmap to Moral Imagination,” Alicia Intriago, University of Washington
  • “Towards an Ethic of Animal Difference,” Nathan Kowalsky, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta
  • “Between Aliens and Animals: Autism and the Human/Non-Human Divide,” Christy Reynolds, University of Oregon

5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

Annual Business Meeting
Room: Hanson

9:30 p.m.

Main Street Gallery


9:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m.

Session 1: Politics and the Environment
Room: Hanson
Moderator: Brian Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • “Opening Oneself to the Contingency of Nature: A Critique of Eco-Socialism,” Nathan Eckstrand, Duquesne University
  • “Hunters, Nearness, and Hermeneutics: The Failures of Political Ecology,” Matt Story, University of North Texas
  • “Latin American Environmental Movements and Global Politics,” Joshua Mousie, University of Guelph

Session 2: Biology, Biodiversity, and Valuation
Suite #3212
Moderator: John Martin Gillroy, Lehigh University

  • “From Science to Environmental Value: An Argument for a Critical Understanding of the Normative
  • Role of Biodiversity,” Nicolae Morar, Brendan Bohannan and Ted Toadvine, University of Oregon
  • “Nietzsche and Ecology Revisited: The Biological Basis of Value,” David Storey, Fordham University
  • “Seeking Motivation for Hard Choices: Human Self-Understanding as Ethical Ideal,” Theresa Morris, New School of Social Research

Session 3: Materialism and Mind: Rethinking Ecological Identities
Room: Corh
Moderator: Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University

  • “The Ambiguity of Action: Planetary Ethics beyond Progress,” Whitney Bauman, Florida International University
  • “To Make the World Philosophical: Theorizing Contemporary Ecological Disasters through Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter,” Andony Melathopoulos, Dalhousie University
  • “Cultural and Natural Ecosystems?: Views from Systems Thinking and Cybernetics,” Arnold Darrel, Saint Thomas University

10:30 a.m.—10:45 a.m., Coffee Break
Main Street Gallery

10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

Session 1: Responsibility and Global Climate Change
Room: Hanson
Moderator: Chrysoula Gitsoulis, Stevens Institute of Technology

  • “Climate Change and the Responsibility Deficit,” Eric Godoy, New School for Social Research
  • “The Phenomenology of Climate Denial: Grasping our Lack of Response and Responsibility in a Threatening World,” Tim Myers , University of Oregon
  • “Holding Myself Responsible: On the Social Significance of Individual Action,” Scott Cameron, Loyola Marymount University

Session 2: Re-visioning Technology and the Environment
Suite #3212
Moderator: Steven Vogel, Denison University

  • “The Future as Fate? The Case of Geoengineering,” Bertrand Guillaume, Dartmouth College
  • “Doing It Nature’s Way: A Critical Assessment of the Biomimetic Turn,” Sanne van der Hout, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • “Against the Precautionary Principle (Especially for Nanotechnology),” Ludoviva Lorusso and Fabio Bacchini, University of Sassari

Session 3: Ethics and Justice
Room: Corh
Moderator: Rob Figueroa, University of North Texas

  • “Whether Earthquakes are Lovable: Knowing Nature in the Wake of Disaster,” Molly Sturdevant, Saint Xavier University
  • “The Intergenerational ‘Ownership’ of the Environment,” Matthias Fritsch, Concordia University
  • “From Food Justice to a Tool of the Status Quo: The Three Sub-Movements within Local Food,” Ian Werkheiser, Michigan State University

1:45 p.m.—3:15 p.m.

Session 1: Aesthetics and Place
Room: Hanson
Moderator: Jonathan Maskit, Denison University

  • “The Beginnings of Landscape: A Phenomenological Topography of Joe Deal’s Depiction of the American Southwest,” Jasper Van de Vijver, University of Antwerp
  • “Thoreau’s Aesthetics of Nature,” Arnold Berleant, Long Island University
  • “An Ethics of Place: Re-envisioning the Space/Place Dichotomy,” Anja Claus, Northeastern Illinois University

GROUP SESSIONS: 1:45 p.m.—3:15 p.m.

Meeting 1: Society for Nature, Philosophy and Religion (SNPR)
Convener and Moderator: Bruce Foltz, Eckerd College

SNPR Session 1: Nature, Technē, and Technology
Room: Corh

  • “The Narrative Self between World and Work,” Forrest Clingerman, Ohio Northern University
  • “A Brave New World: Virtual Reality and the Metanarrative of Consumption,” Brian Treanor, Loyola Marymount University
  • “Tele-Techno-Science and Theo-Politics: Questioning the Religious Nature of Technology,” Crina Gschwandtner, Fordham University

3:15—3:30 a.m., Coffee Break
Main Street Gallery

3:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

Session 2: Nature and the Work of Art
Room: Corh

  • “Becoming Living Works of Art,” Bruce Benson, Wheaton College
  • “The Idolatrous Birds of Paradise: Marion, Florensky, and D’Hondecoeter’s ‘Menagerie,’” Bruce Foltz, Eckerd College
  • “Nature and Memory in Dante and Dostoevsky: An Ecocritical Comparison,” Alfred Siewers, Bucknell University

Meeting 2: Society for Political Ecology, Environmental Justice, and Ecofeminism (SPEEJE)
Convenors and Moderators: Patricia Glazebrook and Keith Peterson

SPEEJE Session 1: Ethnographies of Conflict and Participation
Suite #3212

  • “Sumak Kawsay: Seeking Living Well in the Ecuadorian Highlands,” John Stolle-McAllister, University of Maryland
  • “Conflicts over Municipal Landfill Siting in Greensboro, North Carolina,” Rachel Madsen, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • “Environmental Justice in Motion: How the Search for Acquiescent Communities Actually Inspired Effective Active Opposition to Low-level Radioactive Waste Site Proposals in the U.S.,” Daniel J. Sherman, University of Puget Sound“The Political Ecology of Participatory Budgeting: Lessons from Brooklyn,” Michael Menser, Brooklyn College

3:15 p.m.—3:30 p.m., Coffee Break
Main Street Gallery

3:30 p.m.—4:45 p.m.

Session 2: Extending Environmental Justice and Ecofeminism
Suite #3212

  • “Re-evaluating Native American Approaches to Environmental Value,” Jonathan Beever, Purdue University
  • “Categorical Abjection, Climate Adaptation and Environmental Justice,” Kristie Dotson and Kyle Whyte, Michigan State University
  • “Extending Environmental Justice: From Equity and Identity to Nonhuman Agency,” Robert Melchior Figueroa, University of North Texas
  • “Ecofeminist Promises for a Civilizational Shift: Energy and Food Struggles for a Commoners’ Transition,” Terisa Turner, University of Guelph

4:45 p.m.—5:15 p.m.

SPEEJE: Posters and Discussion
Suite #3212