The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group invites you to participate in the fourth annual
DIMENSIONS OF POLITICAL ECOLOGY:
CONFERENCE ON NATURE/SOCIETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
February 27 – March 1, 2014
University of Kentucky | Lexington, Kentucky, USA
DOPE seeks to foster interdisciplinary discussions among a diverse group of scholars, and we welcome a wide variety of session topics. Possible topics might include rural social movements; urban food systems; complexity in ecological and social systems; decolonization, knowledge, and difference; neoliberal natures and climate justice; and feminist political ecologies. However, we encourage sessions with any topical, theoretical or methodological framework that brings together scholarship on the ecological dimensions of political, social, economic, or scientific research.
Also keep in mind that undergraduates are strongly encouraged to submit their papers to our annual Undergraduate Symposium. While students interested in participating in the Undergraduate Symposium will still need to register by the deadline, final papers will not be due until January (more details are forthcoming).
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about organization a session. We look forward to receiving your CFP!
Conference Highlights and Instructions for Paper Abstracts:
This three-day conference provides an opportunity to critically examine perspectives on human-environment relationships in their varied manifestations and to foster discussions among a diverse group of scholars. We encourage submissions from all individuals who are engaged in research on the ecological dimensions of political, economic, social, and scientific research regardless of their topical, theoretical, or methodological frameworks, including but not limited to:
Political economy of nature
Commons, enclosures, and land tenure
Critical Race Theory
Resource management and conservation
Environmental discourse and policy
Feminist political ecology
Urban political ecology
Food security and sustainable agriculture
Science and technology studies
Critical physical geography
Paper Sessions: These will include 3 or 4 presenters with a discussant or 5 presenters without a discussant (each presenter will generally have 15 to 20 minutes to present with time for discussion). We are especially interested in accepting organized sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in organizing a session (see below for details), but session organizers are also encouraged to circulate their own CFPs.
Panels on Scholar/Activist Collaboration: As part of an interest in developing stronger connections between scholars and activists, we will be sponsoring a series of panels dedicated to fostering collaborative research projects between researchers and activists.
Undergraduate Student Symposium and Paper Competition: This symposium provides undergraduate students with a forum to present their work, receive useful feedback, and connect with graduate students and faculty with similar research foci.
Field Trips: These trips will focus on contemporary issues related to political ecology in the greater bluegrass region and will provide opportunities to meet with local activists (as well as sample some of Kentucky’s most famous agricultural output: bourbon).
Graduate Student Paper Competition: Please look for additional information to be emailed and posted on our website in the coming weeks for application instructions for each competition.
Submission of Abstracts and Registration:
Abstracts or proposals should be 200 – 300 words in length and include three to five keywords. Participants should include name, affiliation, and email address (please specify if you do not want your email included in the program).
All presenters must register online for the conference and pay the fee of $20 for graduate students; $40 for faculty with no fee for undergraduate participants.
Please visit www.politicalecology.org to register from October 1st.
The deadline for abstract submissions is December 2nd 2013.
Please send any questions to the DOPE organizing committee at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.