Call for papers: Ecomasculinities

A scholarly treatment of the issue of Ecomasculinities is currently being compiled.

For more than a century, feminist critical practices have produced important insights into gender, ethnicity, class, social policy, and culture. Since 1974, when Françoise d’Euabonne coined the term ecofeminism, ecofeminist and ecological feminists have linked the patriarchal subjugation of women to ecological degradation. Their enduring work has subverted essentialisms and pointed to alternative constructions of gender and the environment. By contrast, little work has been done in examining the positive relationships that have obtained between environmentalism and masculinity. With the advent of green-based men’s coalitions and pop cultural movements focusing on craft and craftsmanship, the time has come for proponents of ecological studies to explore how masculinity may contribute to today’s environmental awareness.

To that end, the editors seek essays that consider how men have approached nature historically, construct nature or the environment today, and imagine how new ecomasculinities may contribute to ecoawareness. To encourage an array of work from academic, first-person, and movement perspectives, the editors wish to leave the definition of the project open. Essay subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical dialectics / exegeses between versions of ecofeminism and ecomasculinity
  • Historical accounts focused on how masculinity in general and men in particular have contributed to ecological progress
  • Past masculine practices that are being repurposed in sustainable ways today
  • Emerging forms of masculinity with special promise for generating future ecological change
  • Popular culture interpretations and evocations of ecomasculinities
  • Ecomasculine interpretations or reinterpretations of men’s movements, associations, or fields of study and influence
  • Analyses of men’s guilds, craft practices, and social activities
  • Explorations of traditional and/or emerging ethical theories or theorists in relationship to masculinity and the environment
  • Discussions of ecomasculinity in action, including areas such as activism, law, or social policy
  • Critical engagements with ecomasculinity in religious or literary texts, whether by authors, characters, dystopian/utopian philosophies, or practices

All essays should be between 4000-7000 words. Deadline for essays is 1 October 2012. Contributors may send abstracts of up to 500 words to Michael at the contact information below for feedback, but only full papers can be evaluated for acceptance into the collection. Please contact Michael in regards to the style sheet for this project prior to submitting your essay. Use this same address for any questions you may have concerning the project as well.

The editors: Michael G. Cornelius is the author/editor of fourteen books, including four previous collections for McFarland Press, three works for Chelsea House, and several works of fiction. He is chair of the Department of English and Mass Communications at Wilson College.

John Elia is chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Wilson College. He teaches courses in environmental ethics, food ethics, and bioethics. His previous work in ethics and applied ethics has appeared in both journals and book collections, including recent work in the genre of pop culture and philosophy.

Larry T. Shillock is a long-time contractor and solar energy proponent. An assistant academic dean at Wilson College, he was recently promoted to Professor of English. He divides his time between Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where he works, and a home outside of Yellowstone Park, where he lives. His research interests include critical theory, the history of affect, the modern novel, and classical Hollywood cinema.

Please see the attached to download a .pdf version of this call.

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Call for papers: Agro-ecology: Securing Sustainable Futures?

Smallholder rice fields, India. Photo: Zareen Bharucha

2nd Call for Papers: Agro-ecology: Securing Sustainable Futures?

Session Organisers: Dr Larch Maxey, Plymouth University (larch.maxey at plymouth.ac.uk) and Dr Sophie Wynne-Jones, Aberystwyth University (sxw at aber.ac.uk)

This session would form part of the RGS-IBG International Geography Conference 2012

Outline: As debates around food security, sustainability, and community resilience heat up, this session brings together geographers and practitioners to explore the role small-scale agro-ecology businesses can play in shaping sustainable futures. We encourage a range of contributions which set practical measures on the ground within the context of wider policies and debates. Specifically, it is acknowledged that agricultural policies around the world are becoming increasingly fraught and contested, with different models of production valorised in different quarters. However, there is a clear lack of consensus on the way forward, with the elusive proposition of sustainable intensification encapsulating an array of impossible promises and sparking endless debate: from the use of GM, through to the need to lower carbon emissions and input costs.

Beyond the lobbying of large-scale, corporate agri-businesses, advocacy for smaller-scale agro-ecology systems has emerged. These include multi-cropping, low input systems that often draw on traditional practise and ecological design principles. A further key component of these models is their focus on localised supply systems, which often collapse the boundaries between producer, retailer, and consumer. These systems are now being adopted by a range of producers including: allotment holders; community and guerrilla gardens, community supported agriculture, gardening groups and small scale independent enterprises. Support has emerged at a grassroots level, through community organising and buy-in, but equally through government funding, for community growing schemes in particular. This support is offered in response to both the ecological benefits of these enterprises and their impact on community cohesion, health, and wider social wellbeing. However, tensions remain around the extent to which governments consider small-scale agro-ecology as a viable model for wider adoption.

This session intends to address such tensions and invites insights from producers and representative groups, alongside academics to provide a more grounded and participatory analysis. In particular, papers are invited to focus on:

  • Agro-ecology’s prioritisation of self-sufficiency, which is seen as a key tension in global food strategy as highlighted in the 2011 Foresight Report on Global Food Security.
  • The effectiveness and resilience of slow growth / steady state business models associated with agro-ecology enterprises.
  • The potential for future development and expansion of these approaches: barriers, tensions, solutions and opportunities.
  • How these businesses work as part of transitions to new development models based on low carbon economies.

Format: The final session format will be decided with the presenters. We are currently considering an Open session with Short papers (10-15 mins), aimed to feed into a ‘World Café’ style discussion / workshop. We are happy to provide further details on the proposed format if needed (Outlines are available on the RGS website).

Please send abstracts and expressions of interest to sxw at aber.ac.uk and larch.maxey at plymouth.ac.uk.

Ecocultures 2012: Transitions to Sustainability

A Conference to take place at the University of Essex between the 17th and 18th of April 2012. 

The aim of Ecocultures 2012 is to advance knowledge of how communities adapt successfully to social-ecological change, maintain resilience and enhance wellbeing. The conference will bring together members of these communities, researchers who work with them, policy makers interested in applying their lessons and development practitioners looking for innovative ways to enhance social-ecological well-being. Together, we will examine the principles and practices of ‘Ecocultures’ from multiple disciplinary perspectives and at every scale, from the individual to the community and beyond. The questions we will address will range from the deepest organising principles of alternative development paradigms (how do the members of Ecocultures view their place in the world and accord value to nature?) to the practicalities of their social and economic organisation. We invite submissions from across the spectrum of the social sciences and humanities; trans-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary submissions are particularly encouraged.

Conference keynote address 

One of the conference’s keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex. He is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability and Resources), Pro-Vice-Chancellor responsible for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor. His books include This Luminous Coast (2011), Nature and Culture (co-authored, 2010), The Earth Only Endures (2007), Environment (4 vols, ed 2006), The Earthscan Reader in Sustainable Agriculture (2005, ed), The Pesticide Detox (2005, ed), Agri-Culture (2002) and Regenerating Agriculture (1995). He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, former Deputy-Chair of the Government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE), and has served on advisory committees for a number of government departments. He is currently member of the Lead Expert Group for the UK Government’s Foresight Global Food and Farming Futures Project, member of the Expert Panel for UK National Ecosystem Assessment and member of BBSRC’s Strategy Advisory Board. He received an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, and an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009.

The conference will take place on the Colchester campus of the University of Essex from the morning of Tueday, 17th April until the afternoon of Wednesday, 18th April 2012.

Paper proposals, in the form of an abstract (400-700 words) and Panel proposals (max 1000 words), should be sent to Prof. Steffen Böhm (steffen at essex.ac.uk) and Zareen Bharucha (zpbhar at essex.ac.uk) by 16th  January 2012.

For general inquiries, please email Zareen Bharucha (zpbhar at essex.ac.uk).

For a full version of this call please see the attached .pdf file. 

 

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