Standing at the Edges
The Environmental Justice and Citizenship Project: 14th Global Meeting
Tuesday 28th July – Thursday 30th July 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for Presentations:
What is the role of global citizenship in achieving environmental justice?
How can we frame global challenges such that all voices, present and future, human and nonhuman, are heard?
The Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship project provides opportunities for collaboration across disciplines and geographic boundaries to explore, frame and solve problems of environmental and global injustice. Our annual conference provides a forum to collaborate in evaluating and revising our project goals.
‘Environmental justice’ is conceived broadly to consider the rights of multiple populations: human rights, including those of future generations, the rights of other species, ecosystems, and the rights of the environment as a whole. ‘Global citizenship’ includes issues of identity, agency, empowerment, communities and inclusion.
Both concepts are fundamental to what is happening at the intersections of nature, humans and society. They encompass the struggles of women in the streets of Afghanistan, as well as those of Iranians gathering water from pot holes. They are evidenced by the disappearance of honeybees from the garden, and the appearance of plastic detritus in distant ocean depths.
The Environmental Justice and Citizenship Project: 14th Global Meeting – Standing at the Edges conference is one step in attaining our shared goals. The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals and pre-formed panel proposals on any of the following indicative themes:
- Water and Pollution:
Dangers to the ocean environment through pollution, from plastic to oil spills; availability of water
- Bread and Honey:
The effects of environmental changes on farming and food production; the effect of declining bee populations on pollination; sustainable food production
- Living Spaces:
How political, architectural, cultural, biological and social concepts of living spaces can influence environmental justice, as well as the connection between communities and their landscapes
- Raising Voices:
Lenses, frameworks and practices that contribute to increased participation, including future generations
Interdependencies and conflicts between environmental responsibility and affluence; local and national approaches to sustainability, such as recycling and the Kyoto protocol
- Scientific Data and Political Debate:
The role of economics and politics in shaping beliefs about climate change, and the effect of scientific data on environmental policies
- Technology as Promise and Threat:
The effect of new technology on the environment, such as genetically modified crops and alternative energy sources; the role of social media in social justice; access to information through the internet as a human right
- Contemporary Global Identity:
Globalization and barriers to economic resources and cultural heritage for women, immigrants and vulnerable populations
We are committed to creating accessible interdisciplinary spaces where, regardless of status, title or position, people are invited to meet and engage in a spirit of equality, respect and trust. Perspectives are sought from all disciplines and we encourage submissions from theoreticians, practitioners, skilled professionals and others, including people working in:
– The natural and social sciences, and people engaged in actor network theory, agriculture and agricultural economics, the built environment and urban studies, conflict and dispute resolution, critical geography, environmental studies, human and sustainable development, public policy and politics, sociology and communication of science theology, cultural studies and anthropology.
– The public and private sectors; people involved in planning and project development, policy-making and implementation, and negotiation and mediation at national and international levels.
– Governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, voluntary sector bodies, environmental charities and groups, business and professional organisations.
The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.
What to Send:
Proposals will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word proposals should be submitted by Friday 3rd April 2015. If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 12th June 2015. Proposals should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: EJC14 Proposal Submission.
All abstracts will be at least double blind peer reviewed. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
The conference is part of the Critical Issues series of research projects run by Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.