CALL FOR PAPERS – International Association for Environmental Philosophy Annual Meeting

iaepCall for papers
International Association for Environmental Philosophy
Twenty-First Annual Meeting October 21-23, 2017
Sheraton Memphis Downtown, Memphis, Tennessee
Following the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP)
Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2017 Continue reading

PODCAST – CoHearence Podcast #3: Resistance for Breakfast: Hegemony, Arts, and Environment

(Photo: Edie Steiner, Industrial Ruins at Michipicoten Bay, 2010.)

“My name is this and that and I come from here and there and I practice I don’t know what and I am not myself because I am also my government and I am also my economy and I am very much my one-directional totalitarian culture which subdues me and misuses me and uses and misuses my work to the point where I don’t know where my work is itself or where my work is something other than itself or where my work is the opposite of itself and this one-directional culture uses and misuses not only my production but also my protest against these uses and misuses because my protest is part of its pluralistic glory which is part of its world governing economic order which presents itself as a religion and is as fervently believed in as a religion and extracts from its believers the fanaticism of a fervently believed in religion and the chief characteristic of this self-righteous world governing order is that it is marching on and on and on and on and this marching on and on and on and on has no opposition because it eats opposition for breakfast.”
– Peter Schumann, Bread and Puppet

The title of this episode, Resistance for Breakfast: Hegemony, Arts, and Environment, is a playful departure from Peter Schumann’s words, and suggests that, perhaps, we could all use a little more resistance in our diet. We will investigate how hegemonic power manifests itself in environmental art and how art practices can also expose and challenge such power. Hegemony is a social condition in which dominant groups exercise power in all aspects of social reality not through militarized violence but rather through implied means (Mayo, 35). The scholars, activists, and educators we speak with call for resistance to hegemonic power that is not only critical and subversive but also beautiful.

Featuring interviews with FES Professor Deborah Barndt, storyteller and FES contract faculty Chris Cavanagh, FES PhD candidate Heather McLean, and artist and FES PhD candidate Edie Steiner, we will discuss the ways ‘the arts’ reinforce common sense understandings of what constitutes ‘good art.’ We’ll also explore the problematic relationship between large art festivals and local arts movements and suggest ways in which critical environmental art practices can facilitate meaningful activism and create change.

CoHearence Contributor Websites/Blogs

Community Art and Arts Activist Web Resources

Works Cited

Music Credits

Other Contributors

  • Deborah Barndt
  • Chris Cavanagh
  • Heather McLean
  • Edie Steiner

Citation: Di Battista, Amanda and Andrew Mark, “Exploring the Intersections of Culture, History, and the Environment” CoHearence. 11 April 2012.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Workshop: “Political Animals and Animal Politics”

ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops
Antwerp, 10-15 April 2012

Workshop: ‘Political Animals and Animal Politics’
Directors: Prof Marcel Wissenburg, Prof David Schlosberg

Despite 20 years of environmental politics scholarship, the place of animals and the non-human realm in environmental politics has remained unclear – addressed primarily in the margin of environmental/resource management research questions, or in the ethical rather than political status of animals. This workshop aims at a systematic, interdisciplinary understanding of the politics of animals and non-human nature, by addressing a series of research questions consistently from three perspectives: normative political theory; the qualitative analysis of the discourses and ideology of policy makers, political parties and social movements; and more classic political analysis of public policy and party politics. The workshop will deal with the following, intrinsically related questions:
1. What do some of the recent normative approaches to animal/nonhuman politics add to our political approach to nature?
2. How have animal rights groups and parties framed their recent arguments for animal protection? What discourses of animal/nature politics have been most popular and appealing to movements and groups?
3. Which normative approaches and/or movement discourses have been successful, and which not, as frames for public policy initiatives? How can we analyze the policy processes that have led to successes and failures of political initiatives on animals and non-human nature? Contributors can address a variety of animal/nature politics campaigns from single-state, regional, and comparative perspectives.

Deadline For Proposals
Proposals should be submitted online via the ECPRnet system by 1 December. Proposals are then considered by the Workshop Directors and you will be notified of the outcome of your proposal by 15 January 2012. Only proposals that are submitted via the website will be able to be included for assessment. Papers that have gone direct to Workshop Directors will not be considered.

Submitting Paper Proposals
In order to propose a paper, go to:

Be sure to select your institution (or select ‘other’ for non-ECPR members), and the workshop on Political Animals and Animal Politics. In addition to the abstract, the form asks you to make clear the relevance of your paper to the workshop theme.

Who Can Propose a Paper?
Anyone who is conducting research in the field covered by the Workshop. However only 10% of the total number of participants in a Workshop can be from a non-ECPR member institution and this will be implemented by the Workshop Directors.

For Further Information: Please contact one of the workshop directors:
Prof. dr. Marcel Wissenburg
Department of Public Administration and Political Science
Radboud University Nijmegen
PO Box 9108
6500 HK Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Professor David Schlosberg
Department of Government and International Relations
Room 269, Merewether Bldg (HO4)
The University of Sydney
NSW  2006


JOB – Environmental Politics

Environmental Politics at University of Oregon

The Department of Political Science at the University of Oregon invites applications for a tenure-track position in Environmental Politics at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 16, 2012.  The successful candidate will conduct a rigorous research program and teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Interested applicants should submit a letter describing teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, three letters of recommendation, one writing sample, and syllabi and teaching evaluations, if        available.  Applications will be reviewed starting October 1, 2011. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by that date. Position is open until filled. Minimum qualification: Ph.D. in Political Science required by September 15, 2012. 

Apply online at This is a paperless search; contact with questions or concerns. Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired. The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.