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We welcome submissions that describe new (previously unpublished), cutting-edge research in one of the six focus areas for the workshop: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 climateethicsworkshop@gmail.com.

Any questions about this call for papers should be directed towards the workshop organizers, Marco Grasso (marco.grasso@unimib.it) and Ezra Markowitz (ezram@princeton.edu).

JOB – Assoc. Director; Climate, Mind and Behavior; Garrison Institute

garrison instituteAssociate Director, Climate, Mind and Behavior Initiative
Position Announcement, January 2013

Summary of Position

The Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) Initiative’s Associate Director’s main responsibilities include the oversight and direction of CMB’s three annual symposia, communications and outreach efforts including the Initiative’s newsletters, e-blasts and reports and website content, targeted research projects, and the development of proposals and reports for fundraising purposes. The position reports to the CMB Director and works in close collaboration with members of a leadership council and symposium steering committees, many of which are highly respected leaders in various social science disciplines, environmental sustainability and climate change.

The position is mainly based at the Garrison Institute offices and supervises a full-time Symposium Coordinator.

Essential Functions

Program Development and Management:
• Develop and lead three annual symposiums convening leading thinkers and practitioners (both academic and non-academic) working on the human dimensions of climate change and other environmental issues. This work will include: identifying and inviting steering committee members and working closely with them to develop symposium content; overseeing the development of symposia agendas, schedules and event descriptions; communicating with high level presenters; and managing postevent presentations and marketing efforts.
• Develop materials that translate, document and communicate science-based insights and work with existing and new program partners to broadly share these insights with large, targeted audiences, such as real estate leaders, urban sustainability directors, national policy makers and others.
• Identify funding opportunities and develop funding proposals, cultivating relationships with existing funders, and helping realize new funding partnerships to support the CMB Symposia series and other program activities.
• Oversee and manage the development of tools and resources (as per strategic plan)
• Direct various research projects and manage the activities of research, especially related to the CMB symposium series.
• Support the Director in the organization and management of the CMB Leadership Council and related meetings.
• Manage a budget for CMB Symposium series and related activities.
• Supervise program support staff such as the CMB Symposium Coordinator.
• Report on the program’s status to the Director and Program Leadership Council and other Committees as required

Communications and External Relations

• Oversees and writes the CMB Initiative’s collateral materials such as the newsletter and e-blasts, the annual CMB report and the redevelopment, ongoing maintenance of the website and other on line communities
• Manage the restructuring of a CMB Resource Library
• Serve as a spokesperson for the CMB Initiative including presenting at conferences,symposia, meetings, and other events.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

• An advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a related field such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, cognitive science, environmental humanities or human ecology;
• Evidence of thought leadership in their field as evidenced by publications, actions to advance theory or application, and/or professional distinction;
• Excellent symposium planning, organizational, and time-management skills;
• Strong communication, presentation and writing skills with knowledge of webcommunications and social media platforms
• Proven experience developing grant proposals and the ability to connect with fundraising networks and foundations
• Knowledge of the basic principles of research design and data analyses as well as experience with estimating project costs
• Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills and interest in working with colleagues across disciplines;
• A commitment to producing consistently high quality, detailed work;
• The ability to work in a fast paced environment and multi-task effectively;
• Has flexibility, good humor, and comfort with ambiguity;
• An interest in and knowledge of the transformational value contemplation holds for advancing environmental stewardship.

Other Requirements

• Willingness to travel, mainly for local/regional meetings or conferences
• Occasional work on evenings and weekends associated with participation in or management of meetings, symposia, conferences, etc.

The mission of the Garrison Institute is to apply the transformative power of contemplation to today’s pressing social and environmental concerns. The Institute explores the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. To learn more about our work, visit our website: www.garrisoninstitute.org.

This is a full-time, salaried position offering a generous benefits package including retirement plan, health benefits, paid vacation and more. To apply send a letter of interest, a resume, two writing samples, and the names and contact information of three professional references to: HR Director, via email: HR@garrisoninstitute.org. All submissions will be received in confidence. Please, no phone calls.

CALL FOR PAPERS – International Journal of Technoethics

IJTInternational Journal of Technoethics
Call for Submissions (deadline: May 1, 2013)
Editor-in-Chief: Rocci Luppicini, University of Ottawa, Canada
Published: Quarterly

Call for Papers:
The Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Technoethics (IJT) would like to invite you to submit a manuscript for the next submission deadline: May 1, 2013. The following describes the mission, coverage, and guidelines for submission to IJT.

The mission of the International Journal of Technoethics (IJT) is to evolve technological relationships of humans with a focus on ethical implications for human life, social norms and values, education, work, politics, law, and ecological impact. This journal provides cutting-edge analysis of technological innovations, research, developments policies, theories, and methodologies related to ethical aspects of technology in society. IJT publishes empirical research, theoretical studies, innovative methodologies, practical applications, case studies, and book reviews. IJT encourages submissions from philosophers, researchers, social theorists, ethicists, historians, practitioners, and technologists from all areas of human activity affected by advancing technology.

Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Biotech ethics
  • Cloning ethics
  • Neuroethics
  • Environmental technoethics
  • Nanoethics
  • Artificial morality

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of Rocci Luppicini, 
International Journal of Technoethics: rluppici@uottawa.ca

ONLINE SUMMER SCHOOL – Ethics of Emerging Technologies

EthicsschoolEthicSchool has announced a virtual summer school on Ethics of Emerging Technologies. Here are the pertinent details:

  • Dates: 9-13 September 2013:  14.00-17.00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)
  • Location: Internet – webinar system (for registered participants)
  • Participants: max. 20 per session
  • Free of charge – voluntary contributions such as lectures, scientific committee membership, open access teaching materials & literature or sponsorship are welcome.

To register for the course, please visit the course’s official webpage. The preliminary programme is listed below (with a PDF available here).

Preliminary Programme

Monday 9 September 2013 – Introductions

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lectures, Q&A

  • Introduction to EthicSchool, welcome to Western participants
  • Lecture 1: Introduction in Applied Ethics – Ethics and Law
  • Lecture 2: Engagement, Communication and Dialogue on Emerging Technologies
  • Lecture 3: Recent trends in Social Studies of Science and related areas

Tuesday 10 September 2013 – Nanotechnologies in multicultural perspective

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lectures, exercise

  • Lecture 4: Nano and Health from a non‐Western perspective
  • Lecture 5: Sustainable Nanotechnologies for All: barriers and opportunities
  • Exercise 1: Case study of Responsible Nano‐innovation with the Nanometer self‐assessment tool

Wednesday 11 September 2013 – Conflicting nanointerests

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lecture, exercise, master class

  • Lecture 6: Nanoelectronics, Peace and Security
  • Exercise 2: Dialogue on nanoethics using the Ethics Toolkit
  • Masterclass 1: Participants present their research in 5‐10 minutes and receive feedback from lecturers

Thursday 12 September 2013: What it means to be Human

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lecture, exercise, master class

  • Lecture 7: Perspectives on Human Nature and Dignity
  • Exercise 3: DEMOCS card game on Human Enhancement
  • Master class 2: Participants present their research in 5‐10 minutes and receive feedback from lecturers

Friday 13 September 2013: Nature and Techno Revisited

14.00‐17.00 CEST: lectures, master class

  • Lecture 8: From Bio to Techno (e.g., synthetic biology, 3D printing biological materials)
  • Lecture 9: From Techno to Bio (e.g., robotics, AI)
  • Master class 3: Participants present their research in 5‐10 minutes and receive feedback from lecturers
  • Wrap‐up

BOOK – Rachel Carson’s “Maravilhar-se” (Portuguese translation of “The Sense of Wonder”)


(português abaixo)

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and it also marks the appearance of the first Portuguese-language translation of The Sense of Wonder, which is now available via e-mail order (from contacto@campoaberto.pt). Price: €12.00 (plus shipping and handling)



2012 marca o cinquentenário da publicação do livro Silent Spring, de Rachel Carson, que acaba de ganhar uma tradução portuguesa, com introdução de Viriato Soromenho-Marques.

“Maravilhar-se”, editado pela Campo Aberto em parceria com as Edições Sempre-em-Pé (com apoio do Programa Ambiente da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian), está disponível para compra na sede da editora Campo Aberto (no Porto, Portugal) ou pelo correio (pedidos podem ser feitos via contacto@campoaberto.pt e as encomendas serão enviadas mediante comprovativo de pagamento para o NIB 0035 0730 0003 5756103 54). Custo: 12.00€ + despesas de expedição e portes (1.50€ para Portugal)

(Clicar na foto acima para mais detalhes.)

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 (aheyes@uottawa.ca) – 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.