WEBSITE – Friends of Nature Club

FNC, founded by Shan Gao in September of 2011 at the University of North Texas, is a bilingual club that aims to inspire a sense of wonder and passion for nature through environmental science, environmental ethics, and environmental aesthetics.  Members of FNC include professors, doctoral students, company employees, doctors, musicians, and friends around the world who love nature.  If you are interested in nature, you are welcome to join this club so that we can start the journey of nature exploration, appreciation, and friendship building together.

欢迎来到自然之友俱乐部的中英双语网站。自然之友俱乐部于2011年9月在 美国德州成立,其宗旨是:用环境科学、环境伦理和环境美学来激发人们对自然的惊奇感与爱。在这个网站上,您会看到如下内容:学术文章的简单介绍、环境科学 与人文的最新思想、人物访谈、新书预告与评论、生态旅行的信息、自然音乐、成员新闻等。自然之友俱乐部的成员来自世界各地的与环境相关的教授、博士、公司 职员、企业家、医生、音乐家、还有社会各个领域中对大自然充满浓郁兴趣的朋友们。如果您非常热爱自然,欢迎加入我们的俱乐部,让我们一起踏上探索自然、欣 赏自然并与自然建立友谊的爱之旅程。

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS – 19th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment


June 14-17, 2013
Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel

Portland, Oregon  USA

(Deadline for Early Registration: May 15, 2013)

General Information

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA) invites you to participate in the 19th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment (IICE)! The conference is motivated by the increasing need to combine ideas and research findings from different disciplines to enhance our understanding of the interactions between the natural environment and human institutions. Conference presentations focus on:

  • What all disciplines have to offer with respect to understanding environmental and resource problems;
  • Possible solutions that are available;
  • The implications of the globalization of environmental concerns.

The conference welcomes environmental academics, practitioners, and interested colleagues regardless of discipline or country. Participants may organize sessions (please ask for “Panel Organizer Guidelines”), present papers, participate in poster sessions, chair sessions, discuss papers, participate in roundtable discussions, or simply observe. The conference also welcomes papers and posters submitted by graduate students and in association with chapters of Kappa Alpha Omicron. Advisors, please contact for details.

To facilitate communication, authors should make an effort to write papers and design posters that can be understood by an audience outside their disciplines. All papers submitted for publication consideration in Interdisciplinary Environmental Review must pass peer review from both within and outside the primary discipline of the author(s). The program consists of:

  • Small concurrent seminar-type sessions with chairperson, presenters, and a discussant assigned to comment on and integrate the ideas of the presentations
  • A poster session with time for discussion with the authors
  • Round-table thematic discussions with moderator
  • Workshops and panels
  • Invited keynote speakers
  • Welcome reception
  • Conference banquet luncheon

There will be an opening reception for all on Friday evening at 7:30 PM. Registration and conference materials will be available at the Reception and starting at 8:00 AM throughout the conference. There will also be a special mixer for students during the conference at a time to be announced.

We welcome research that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines to frame environmental problems, propose working models, or address field, community, or academic issues in any area of environmental and sustainability research.



Please, submit your abstract (of no more than 300 words) via e-mail to Shane Epting, Conference Chair ( by May 1, 2013. All submitted abstracts will be evaluated for presentation and publication in the Book of Abstracts which will be available at the Conference.

  • You may submit abstracts for no more than 2 presentations (paper or poster);
  • For co-authorships please include names, affiliations, and addresses of all authors and indicate who will serve as presenter

To have your paper considered for publication in the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, please e-mail a pdf of the document or submit 4 hard copies of the paper by May 1, 2013 to the Editor of IER, contact information below.

  • Full paper submission is optional. Papers submitted for review for IER must not have been published, accepted, or submitted for publication elsewhere
  • All papers will be evaluated using the blind, multidisciplinary review process of IER


Publishers, vendors, distributors, and displays are welcome at the conference. Registered conference participants may display advertisements or distribute information (brochures, job openings, scholarship and assistantship announcements, etc.) free of charge. Non-registered individuals or organizations may distribute materials or post announcements for a fee of $50. A six foot table for display and/or vendor purposes can be arranged for a fee of $200. Please contact the Conference Chair using the information below for details.

Field Trips

Efforts are underway to organize several one-day or part-day field trips in association with the conference. Field trips usually operate immediately before or after the conference, and will involve a small fee for transportation and lunch. Details will be available on this web site once available.

Session Chair/Moderator Information

Participants may propose and organize sessions; please contact the Conference Chair using the information below and ask for “Panel Organizer Guidelines”. “Session Chair/Moderator and Discussant Guidelines”, as well as copies of the abstracts or papers to be discussed, will be available on-line and/or e-mailed to moderators and discussants once sessions are organized.

Conference Registration

Note: Standard registration fees include the Banquet, one copy of the Conference Program & Book of Abstracts, the semi-annual Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, membership in the IEA, and access to all Conference presentations, sessions, and functions.
Cancellations: Cancellations must be in writing and are subject to a $75 handling fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after June 1, 2013. Refunds will be processed after the conference.
Refunds: Individuals submitting abstracts for presentation that are not accepted are eligible for fee refunds.

Conference Fees

  • Early Registration (due by May 15, 2013):   $300
  • Student Registration (verification required):   $150
  • Spouses/companions, panel/session organizers:   $150
  • After May 15, 2013 add Late Fee:   $75
  • Residents of OR: covers conference, trips, breaks, and luncheon only
  • After May 15, 2013 add Late Fee:   $50
  • Local Conference Participants:   $150

Please mail all abstracts (if not e-mailed) and registration fees by the appropriate deadline date to:
19th IICE
c/o Shane Epting, Conference Chair
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion Studies
University of North Texas
EESAT Room 225
1704 West Mulberry St.
Denton, TX 76201
PHONE: (940) 565-2266
FAX: (940) 565-4448
(If paying by credit card, please include the name, address and zip code (if any) of the card holder, the card number and type, and the three-digit security code on the back of the card.)

Please mail all manuscripts intended for consideration by IER (if not e-mailed) by the appropriate deadline date to:
Dr. Demetri Kantarelis
Editor, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review
Department of Economics and Global Studies
Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296  USA
TELEPHONE: (508) 767-7557
FAX: (508) 767-7382

Hotel Reservations

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel
921 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR  97204  USA
For the conference rate ($131/night + 14.5% tax for single or double occupancy), call the hotel reservation line at 1.800.HILTONS (445-8667) and ask for the “IEA Conference Rate” at this hotel. The dates for the hotel conference rate run from June 11-July 20, 2013 if you would like to spend time in the area before or after the conference. The conference room rate may be booked through May 15, 2013.

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 – 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 – ISEE Sessions at the Pacific APA, April 4-7, 2012

International Society for Environmental Ethics Logo

This year’s ISEE group sessions at the Pacific APA look to be outstanding.  The first session centers on the significance and application of Aldo Leopold in the 21st century, while the second involves issues surrounding the management of nonhuman nature, an increasingly important discussion given widespread acceptance of the idea of the Anthropocene.

The Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association will be held April 4-7, 2012, in beautiful Seattle, Washington.  I encourage everyone who will be at the meeting to attend these sessions!

Session 1: Friday, April 6 from 7-10 pm
“New Reflections on the Significance and Application of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic: A Roundtable Discussion”
Chair: Mark Woods, University of San Diego

  • “Grieving in the Classroom,” David Concepcion, Ball State University
  • “Was Leopold a Feminist?”, Joan McGregor, Arizona State University
  • “Leopold’s Challenge to Environmental Philosophy: Politicizing the Issues,” Jen Rowland, University of North Texas
  • “What Reading Leopold Tells Us about Sustainability Ethics and Indigenous Peoples,” Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University

Session 2: Saturday, April 7 from 7-10 pm, “Managing Nature?”
Chair: Geoffrey Frasz, College of Southern Nevada
Saturday, April 7 from 7-10 pm

  • “A Sensible Ecocentrism,” Alexa Forrester, Franklin & Marshall College
  • “The Human Influence: Ecosystem Intervention, Design, and Novelty,” Allen Thompson, Oregon State University
  • “Recreating Eden? Natural Evil and Environmental Ethics,” Joel MacClellan University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • “The Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans: Cetacean Culture and Harm,” Thomas I. White, Loyola Marymount University

NEW E-JOURNAL – Thinking Nature

Thinking Nature is a new journal of philosophy and ecology edited by Ben Woodard (PhD candidate at the Centre for Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario) and Timothy Morton (Professor of Literature and the Environment, UC Davis).  Volume 1 contains essays by Paul Ennis, David Lindsay, Michael Austin, Himanshu Damle, Tom Sparrow, Ted Toadvine, Timothy Morton, Ben Woodard, and Ross Wolfe.  Also included is a review of Stengers’ Thinking with Whitehead

The e-journal and the first volume can be found at