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.

JOB – Asst. Prof of Environmental Studies

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Bemidji State University invites applications for Assistant Professor Environmental Studies. Fixed Term, Full Time position.

Job Duties

  • Team-teach, interdisciplinary, general education, environmental issues course;
  • Teach upper division environmental seminar courses and/or Introduction to Environmental Science.
  • Ability to teach physical geology is a plus. Course offerings may include online instruction.

More Information: The Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies


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POSTDOC – Cultures of Energy; Rice University

culturesofenergyThe Cultures of Energy research group at Rice University seeks a one-year postdoctoral fellow for the 2013-14 academic year.

Over the past two years, Cultures of Energy has worked to incubate multi-disciplinary humanistic collaboration and scholarly inquiry on matters of energy and environmental transition. A key goal of the research group is to establish humanistic and social scientific scholarship as a dynamic and integral part of public debate over energy choices and energy futures. The 2013/14 postdoctoral fellow will play an active role in the process of establishing the first research center in the world devoted specifically to cultivating energy and environmental research in the humanities and social sciences. Rice University has recently announced a five-year cross-campus Energy and Environment Initiative (E2I) within which Cultures of Energy is a founding research cluster. More details on Cultures of Energy can be found at

We seek excellent scholars whose research and teaching interests focus on
energy and energy transitions or on the environmental impacts of energy
use such as climate change. We welcome applicants from any discipline or
interdiscipline in the human sciences including, but not limited to,
anthropology, art history, history, literary studies, philosophy,
religious studies, sociology and the arts.

The fellow will take part in a faculty working group, help organize a
campus-wide speakers series, and design and teach two courses, one
semester-long introductory-level undergraduate course on energy and
environmental humanities and one upper-level seminar course in her or his
home discipline. The fellow will receive $50,000 per year, benefits
eligibility, and a $5,000 allowance for research and relocation.

The closing date for applications is March 31st, 2013. Please send all
application materials electronically to

Required application materials:
· Cover letter (2-3 pages) describing research interests and
experience, in language appropriate for a multi-disciplinary panel of
reviewers, and a teaching plan for the postdoctoral year.
· CV
· 2 letters of reference to be sent directly to

· Applicants should have received a PhD between July 1, 2009 and June
30, 2013.
· Fellowship recipients cannot have accepted or currently hold a
tenure-track position.
· Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
employer. Scholars who are members of traditionally under-represented
groups are encouraged to apply.
· There is no citizenship requirement or restriction for this
fellowship. Non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.
· Employment eligibility verifications requested upon hire.

LECTURE – “Biological Invasions”, McGill (Canada)

mcgill ricciardiMcGill University’s Cutting Edge Lectures in Science at the Redpath Museum presents: “Biological Invasions: The Ecological and Societal Impacts of Non-native Species”

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6pm

By Anthony Ricciardi (Redpath Museum and McGill School of Environment)

Driven by the movement of people and cargo across the planet, thousands of species of plants, animals and microbes are spreading into new regions faster and farther than at any other time in Earth’s history. These “biological invasions” can cause extinctions, disrupt ecosystems, alter natural resources, threaten human health, and even pose national security problems. Despite these risks, some ecologists have advocated planned invasions to rescue species threatened by climate change. Termed “assisted colonization”, their proposal involves moving potentially large numbers of species to favorable habitats well beyond their native range. This talk will evaluate this controversial strategy and the ecological and societal impacts of invasions worldwide.  Dr. Anthony Ricciardi is an associate professor in both the Redpath Museum and the McGill School of Environment, where he teaches courses on animal diversity, environmental science, and the ecology of species invasions.  He received his PhD from McGill (in 1997), and was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Université Laval and a Killam Fellow at Dalhousie University. He is an associate editor for the journal Diversity and Distributions and the journal Biological Invasions, and he serves on the scientific committee of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network – a national NSERC-funded research group that assesses the risks of invasion in Canada’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters.

Where: Auditorium, Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West (Metro McGill/Peel), Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Seating is limited. No reservations necessary.
When: 6 PM, followed by a reception.
Cost: Free, everyone welcome.

For more information, visit this webpage.

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS – Multi-disciplinary perspectives on climate ethics

villa del grumelloCall for papers for workshop
and special issue on
‘Multi-disciplinary perspectives
on climate ethics’
26-27 September, 2013
Villa del Grumello
Lake Como, Italy

Extended deadline for submission of abstracts: March 1, 2013.

A rapidly growing body of research—drawing on a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives—suggests that ethical considerations should be and/or are already at the center of international climate change policy and action discussions. Certainly, ignoring issues related to justice and morality in this domain is no longer an option for climate negotiators, issue advocates and others interested in crafting international responses to climate change that will be seen as legitimate by all relevant state and non-state actors.

Given both the role that ethical considerations will likely play in the climate arena moving forward as well as the multi-disciplinary nature of scholarship in this area, we seek submissions from a wide variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives for a workshop and subsequent special issue on ‘Multi-disciplinary perspectives on climate ethics.’ Both the workshop and special issue aim to explore and expand the contributions of ethics, psychology, geography/anthropology/sociology, law, economics, and climate science to our understanding of the primary ethical dimensions of climate change.

We welcome submissions that describe new (previously unpublished), cutting-edge research in one of the six focus areas for the workshop:
· Ethics (moral and political philosophy, political theory, etc.),
· Psychology (moral, social, cognitive, evolutionary, environmental, cognitive science, neuroscience),
· GASS (geography, anthropology, sociology and other social sciences, including interdisciplinary perspectives)
· Law
· Economics,
· Climate science.

Papers that connect two or more of the focus areas listed above are of particular interest, though more disciplinary-specific submissions are also welcome.

At the workshop, which will be held in Fall 2013 in Como, Italy, one session will be held for each of the areas highlighted. Each session will be opened by an invited keynote speaker and will include 3 additional contributors, selected through this call for papers. Selected papers will be presented at the workshop and, after incorporating feedback from workshop participants, subsequently submitted for peer-review for inclusion in a special issue on ‘Multi-disciplinary perspectives on climate ethics’.

There will be no registration fee for participants in the workshop.

Please submit a 300-word abstract (with paper title, all author names and full contact information for the primary author) to

Any questions about this call for papers should be directed towards the workshop organizers, Marco Grasso ( and Ezra Markowitz (

CALL FOR PAPERS – 2nd Canadian PhD Workshop in Environmental Economics and Policy

uOttawaBuilding on the success of last year’s event, we are happy to announce the call for the Second Canadian PhD Workshop in Environmental Economics and Policy.

Details can be found here. We strongly encourage Network members to circulate this call to any potentially interested students and colleagues.

Conference takes place: May 09, 2013 – May 10, 2013

Paper Submission Deadline: Dec 20, 2012

PhD students and post-docs working in Canada and abroad on topics in environmental economics and policy are invited to a 2-day workshop to be held at University of Ottawa. Applications are welcome from those based in economics and agricultural economics departments, business schools, environment institutes, schools of public policy etc. studying any aspect of environmental economics, environmental policy, green business, agricultural economics, or natural resource problems using theoretical, empirical or experimental methods.

Sessions will be built around 30 minute student presentations, giving participants the chance to expose their ideas and get feed-back from peers and established researchers. A mixture of work sessions and social time will give an excellent opportunity for participants to network, exchange ideas and experiences and get to know each other. The atmosphere will be informal and collegial.

Keynote guests this year are Tom Lyon (Michigan) and Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné (Montreal). Tom and Bernard are distinguished environmental scholars. Lyon holds the Dow Chair of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce at University of Michigan and has published theoretical and econometric papers in leading economics, management and policy journals. Sinclair-Desgagne holds a Chair at HEC Montreal and has written on environmental, risk management and regulatory issues in journals like Management Science, JEEM and Econometrica. In addition to attending sessions they will lead ‘career-craft’ workshops for PhD students – how to find topics, complete the dissertation, get grants, navigate the job market, manage the tenure process, get published etc.

There is no fee for participation. Local costs including accommodation will be paid by the organisers. A significant number of travel grants are also available courtesy of Sustainable Prosperity (these require you be based at a Canadian institution).

To submit a paper please e-mail Program Chair Anthony Heyes ( – Canada Research Chair in Environmental Economics at the University of Ottawa – with short CV and PDF draft of the paper or chapter for presentation. International applicants are very welcome.

More information can be found here.