CFP – Just Sustainability, Seattle University

August is a beautiful time to visit Seattle!

Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability will host Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons from August 7-9, 2014.

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POSTDOC – Sustainable Development, The Earth Institute

Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Sustainable Development

The Earth Institute seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent Ph.D., M.D. and J.D. recipients interested in a broad
range of issues in sustainable development.

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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 cekwealo@unilag.edu.ng or chigboekwealo@gmail.com and Dr. Gene Hargrove at cep@unt.edu.

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 cekwealo@unilag.edu.ng or chigboekwealo@gmail.com.

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 (cekwealo@unilag.edu.ng), for the French delegates, the Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Martial Lipeb (drm_lipeb@yahoo.fr) or the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Esther Tchokouatcheu (tchokoua2000@yahoo.fr), 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.

WEBSITE – The Water Ethics Network

The Water Ethics Network facilitates sharing of experience, ideas, and information about events and activities relating to water ethics. The aim is to promote serious study of the ethics underlying water decisions, and to bring an awareness of water ethics into the everyday discourse about water policies.  Choices about how water is used and how lakes, rivers and aquifers are managed are inevitably  informed by values.   We believe that a deeper understanding of those values will lead to better decisions and more sustainable water ecosystems.

The Water Ethics Network is an initiative of the Water-Culture Institute and is made possible through a generous grant from the Kalliopeia Foundation, plus contributions from individual supporters.

http://waterethics.org/

2nd CALL FOR PAPERS – The Ethics of Water

Delaware Valley College
October 11-12, 2012

We are pleased to host our second Precarious Alliance Symposium titled The Ethics of Water—everything flows from here.  This interdisciplinary symposium aims to bring together academics, educators, business leaders, environmental designers, policy makers, environmental advocates, planners, engineers, attorneys and farmers to discuss issues of sustainability and regeneration. The 2012 event explores the ethics of water, looking at the uses and abuses of water systems, technology to improve our stewardship of those water supplies, as well as our relationship to this life sustaining resource.  How can we meet our needs today without compromising the ability of future generations and other non-human communities to meet their own needs?

Using the ethics of water as its organizing principle, the symposium will address three distinct, though interrelated tracks: The Tap and Technology; The Earth; and the Idea.

Proposals for each track could include but are not limited to the following themes:

  1. The Tap and Technology: New technologies for water treatment; condition of and challenges facing current public water facilities; how water is made safe to drink; waste water recovery; desalinization; membrane technologies; international perspectives on public access to potable water sources and technologies for water treatment.
  2. The Earth: Water and the Marcellus Shale; effects of water pollution; habitat quality and restoration; environmental remediation and stewardship; invasive species; land-use policy and climate change
  3. The Idea: Just as water is essential to terrestrial life and vital to civilization, it flows into and through every imaginable human discourse and discipline. Appropriately fluid and capable of filling any form, this track will be devoted to the meaning of water: water as life; water as rite; water as spirit; water as myth; water as cause; water as metaphor. Other relevant topics could include: water and human rights; water and agency; the appropriation of water as a symbol of health, purity, etc. to promote environmental and corporate causes; the question of water’s capacity for consciousness, memory, rights.

We invite the submission of proposals of papers, panels, workshops, roundtables and poster sessions (no larger than 36” x 48”) to share perspectives on the above topics.  For poster sessions and papers please send abstracts of no more than 250 words along with a brief biography (including affiliation and specialization).  For themed panels, workshops and roundtables (1 hour) please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words describing the purpose of the session, abstracts for each of the individual contributors along with a brief biography.  Proposals should be submitted to Tanya Casas at tanya.casas@delval.edu.  The deadline for submission of proposals has been EXTENDED TO JUNE 15, 2012. Participants will be notified before July 1st.

Along with papers, panels, workshops, roundtables and interactive poster sessions, the conference will include three keynotes addresses by Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst; Peter Thum, founder of Ethos Water and the non-profit organization Giving Water; and Maude Barlow, water activist, co-founder of the Blue Planet Project and a former Senior Advisor on Water for the United Nations General Assembly.  Other events include a film screening, a live concert organized around the theme of water, and a student organized interactive water exhibit.

Located in Doylestown, Pa., in the heart of Bucks County, Delaware Valley College is a comprehensive four-year institution of higher learning with more than 1,600 men and women enrolled full time in more than 42 academic programs, ranging from business administration, computer and business information systems and secondary education to agricultural, biological and physical sciences.