CFP – Political Ecologies and Food Sovereignty

Dimensions of Political Ecology 2014: Conference on Nature/Society
Political Ecology Working Group
February 27-March 1, 2014
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

Session organizers: Ian Werkheiser, Michigan State University
Session Theme: The Implications of Food Sovereignty

Political Ecology Working Group1Session description

Food Sovereignty is a vibrant discourse in activist circles, and has been making inroads into academic conversations as well.  However, while critiques of the dominant food security model are common, the underlying theory, practice, and implications food sovereignty for communities which are pursuing it have gone underexamined.  This has left the discourse open to critique as being too broad and incoherent, as it incorporates “All manner of movements for liberation from oppression, from the Zapatistas to the women’s movement.” (Flora 2011)

This Panel will seek to examine some of these issues by trying to get a better picture of what the food sovereignty movement is, how it works, and what it entails.  Papers from all backgrounds addressing food sovereignty are welcome.  Possible topics include:

  • Case studies of particular groups pursuing food sovereignty
  • New disciplinary perspectives on food sovereignty, such as decision theory, adaptive management, etc.
  • Food sovereignty’s unaddressed implications for other issues, such as public health, non-human animal relations, education, etc.
  • Theoretical work on community self-determination, autonomy, and sovereignty
  • An examination of the possibilities (or lack thereof) for food sovereignty in an urban context

To Submit

Please submit 250 word abstracts by October 31, 2013 to the session organizer, Ian Werkheiser

Accepted papers will be notified no later than November 15, 2013.

All presenters must register online for the conference and pay the fee of $20 for graduate students; $40 for faculty; $0 for undergraduates. Conference registration opens on October 1, 2013.

Please visit the website to register.

CALL – 7th Meeting of the Society for Political Ecology, Environmental Justice, and Ecofeminism (SPEEJE)*

The Society, formerly known as the Society for Ecofeminism, Environmental Justice, and Social Ecology, invites paper proposals for its annual meeting, to be held in Rochester, NY, November 5, 2012 at The Hyatt Regency, in conjunction with the Sixteenth Annual meeting of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, and following the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.

Please send paper or panel proposals in Word format to co-director Keith Peterson. Proposals should be 500-600 words and panel proposals should include an abstract for panel as a whole (350-500 words) plus proposals for each paper.  They should also indicate any special audio-visual or equipment needs.  The deadline for receipt of proposals is May 1st, 2012.  Notice of selection will arrive in June.

The meeting provides a forum for writers in the domains of Ecofeminism, Environmental Justice, and Social or Political Ecology to foreground environmental issues at the intersection of environmental philosophy and the social sciences. These discourses emphasize that environmental problems resulting from human-nature relations are closely interconnected with problems in human-to-human relations. SPEEJE seeks to encourage the connection of philosophical analysis with empirical discussion of human lived experience. It aims proactively to expand the perspectives and concerns of environmental philosophers to be inclusive of perspectives traditionally marginalized in philosophy in general and environmental philosophy in particular, especially issues of concern to women, people of color, indigenous peoples, and people living in developing nations.

Trish Glazebrook, University of North Texas
Keith Peterson, Colby College

Keith R. Peterson
Department of Philosophy
Colby College
4550 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8840
tel 207.859.4551

JOB – Environmental Justice & Policy

The Women’s Studies Department in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University announces a search for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall semester 2012.

The Department seeks a candidate holding the Ph.D. in Women’s Studies, Environmental Studies, or a social science discipline who specializes in how environmental justice / policy affects minority populations and women.  Imperative is the ability to teach feminist ecology and feminist research methods, both within a national and international context.  Strong candidates for this position should value and be able to conduct community based learning with underrepresented and/or marginalized minority populations. 

Desirable areas include ecofeminism, feminist political ecology, environmental studies, post-colonial studies, and women in the Third World.  In addition, the Women’s Studies Department places a high priority in developing a multicultural learning environment and inclusive pedagogy in which people from diverse backgrounds can engage in dialogue and foster academic excellence.  Candidates must show promise in both research and teaching.  Interested applicants are invited to send a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research interests, a writing sample, and three letters of reference by December 1, 2011 to:

Professor Stella Oh
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Women’s Studies
Suite 4400, University Hall
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Drive
Los Angeles, Ca 90045-2659

Please also send electronic copies of all materials to

Loyola Marymount University (LMU), a Catholic university in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions, is a mid-sized comprehensive institution emphasizing excellent undergraduate education for a diverse student body.  LMU seeks outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society.  The campus is located on the western edge of Los Angeles, near the Pacific Ocean.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with background and experience.