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

NEW JOURNAL – Journal of Animal Ethics

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The University of Illinois Press in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics announces a ground-breaking new journal covering the issue of animal ethics.  The JAE, which will be published bi-annually in the summer and winter, is jointly edited by the internationally known theologian the Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and Professor Priscilla Cohn, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University and Associate Director of the Centre.  The JAE is the first academic journal in the world to include the phrase “animal ethics” in its title.  The Journal comprises full-length scholarly articles, “argument” pieces in which authors will advance a particular perspective (usually related to current affairs) or respond to a previous article, review or research report, as well as review articles and book reviews. It is devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals and is multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope.  It covers theoretical and applied aspects of animal ethics that will be of interest to academics from both the humanities and the sciences, as well as professionals working in the field of animal protection.  It aims to publish groundbreaking work written by new and established academics from a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, ethics, history, law, literature, linguistics, political theory, religion and science.  Contributions to the Journal are welcomed and submission guidelines can be found on the JAE’s website.

In the first issue David M. Lavigne and William S. Lynn address Canada’s commercial seal hunt; Joel Marks writes on how animal suffering is unrecognized in research; Andrew Fenton and Frederic Gilbert question the use of animals in spinal cord research; Judith Benz-Schwarzburg and Andrew Knight examine the cognitive abilities of animals and asks how long they can be denied similar rights to humans; Grace Clement asks whether animals can be classed as “pets or meat”? Barbro Froding, Martin Peterson, and Mark J. Rowlands debate whether animal ethics should be based on friendship, and Jan Deckers and Jay B. McDaniel debate whether Whiteheadians should be vegetarians.

NEW JOURNAL – Environment and Society

Environment and Society

Editors: Paige West, Barnard College, Columbia University and Dan Brockington, University of Manchester

The field of research on environment and society is growing rapidly and becoming of ever-greater importance not only in academia but also in policy circles and for the public at large. Climate change, the water crisis, deforestation, biodiversity loss, the looming energy crisis, nascent resource wars, environmental refugees, and environmental justice are just some of the many compelling challenges facing society today and in the future. As a forum to address these issues, we are delighted to present an important new peer-reviewed annual: Environment and Society: Advances in Research. Through this journal we hope to stimulate advanced research and action on these and other critical issues and encourage international communication and exchange among all relevant disciplines.

Published in association with the Earth Institute of Columbia University, Environment and Society publishes critical reviews of the latest research literature including subjects of theoretical, methodological, substantive, and applied significance. Articles also survey the literature regionally and thematically and reflect the work of anthropologists, geographers, environmental scientists, and human ecologists from all parts of the world in order to internationalize the conversations within environmental anthropology, environmental geography, and other environmentally oriented social sciences. The publication will appeal to academic, research and policy-making audiences alike.

Table of Contents for the first issue

  1. Introduction to the Journal and Issue – Paige West, Dan Brockington, Jamon Alex Halvaksz II, and Michael L. Cepek
  2. Neoliberalism and the biophysical environment: a synthesis and evaluation of the research, Noel Castree
  3. Neoliberal water management: trends, limitations, reformulations, Kathryn Furlong 
  4. Controversies in climate change economics, Robert Eastwood 
  5. Origins, uses, and transformation of extinction rhetoric, Richard J. Ladle and Paul Jepson 
  6. Climate changing small islands: Considering social science and the production of island vulnerability and opportunity, Amelia Moore 
  7. Adaptation genuine and spurious: Demystifying adaptation processes in relation to climate change, Thomas F. Thornton and Nadia Manasfi
  8. Climate change resilience and adaptation, perspectives from two decades of water resources development, Clive Agnew and Philip Woodhouse


  • Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples, Mark Dowie – reviewed by George Holmes
  • Rethinking Environmental History: World-System History and Global Environmental Change, eds. Hornborg, Alf, J. R. McNeill, and Joan Martinez-Alier – reviewed by Eric D. Carter
  • The Political Economy of Hazards and Disasters, eds. Eric C. Jones and Arthur D. Murphy – reviewed by Kelley L. Denham
  • Territories of difference: place, movements, life, redes, Arturo Escobar – reviewed by Joel Wainwright
  • The Country in the City: The Greening of San Francisco, Richard Walker – reviewed by Catherine Fennell
  • Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES, Nancy Langston – reviewed by K. Jill Fleuriet
  • Science and Conservation in African Forests: The Benefits of Long-Term Research, Richard Wrangham and Elizabeth Ross – reviewed by Andrew Oberle
  • The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, Brian Fagan – reviewed by Jason Yaeger
  • African Sacred Groves: Ecological Dynamics & Social Change, eds. Michael Sheridan and Celia Nyamweru – reviewed by Joel Hartter
  • Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment,  Joachim Radkau – reviewed by Shannon Stunden Bower
  • Lawn people: how grasses, weeds, and chemicals make us who we are, Paul Robbins – reviewed by Joel WainwrightThe Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics, Tania Murray Li – reviewed by Kathleen Gillogly