March 2020 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

During these turbulent times we were happy to receive a large amount of input from members across the network. It’s great to see that the POLLEN sense of community is being upheld, despite the challenges we all face during the pandemic. 

This month we have a lot of exciting new publications and blog posts, information about a new page on the website with tips for moving our (working) lives online, a couple of PhD announcements and some other bits and bobs. We are also sad to announce the postponement of POLLEN20 this coming June. Read more about all this by scrolling down. 

NOTE: the updates below are a copy of the original newsletter, and therefore might not contain all hyperlinks and media. To access the original with full content, as well as to see previous newsletters, follow this link:

Best wishes, 

POLLEN Secretariat
Seed Time: Sister Plantings for Regenerative Energy Futures, intermedia research-creation probe by Joan Greer, Sourayan Mookerjea, Tegan Moore. (Prototypes for Possible Worlds, in the FAB Gallery, University of Alberta December 10, 2019-January 11, 2020.) Credit: Sourayan Mookerjea
Reminder: A small favour to ask
We have restructured the list of POLLEN Nodes on the website to make it more reader-friendly and easier to identify and locate nodes based on their location. However, we are aware that not all hyperlinks to institutions and people are correct and/or active. Many of you have done this already, but if you haven’t please locate your node on the site and let us know if your link needs changing!

! New Page: POLLEN Online ! As a way of trying to help the POLLEN community and others adapt to the measures taken to slow down the spread of COVID19, we put out a request for tips on resources that can inspire/help us moving conference panels, workshops, teaching, etc. online. We’ve received some great inputs already and published them here. If you know of any other resources, please share them with us! 
POLLEN20 Conference

Dear POLLEN friends,

We regret that we must announce that planning for the POLLEN 20 conference, scheduled for June 2020, has been put on hold by the hosts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this, the conference organizers are taking some time to consider carefully alternative arrangements for hosting the conference. We will be updating registered delegates and the wider POLLEN community about the new plan for the conference as soon as possible.
Those who have already submitted final materials and registered as part of an organized session can use this form to indicate their intentions, including whether they wish to withdraw from the conference, cancel registration and/ or request a refund of fees.
We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time and will be updating the conference web site and the main POLLEN web site as updates become available.
With best regards,
The POLLEN20 organizing team
Promoting POLLEN collaboration

Do you write with other members of POLLEN? In attempts to promote collaboration across the POLLEN nodes, please consider putting the following statement in the acknowledgements of your paper: ‘This article represents work conducted as part of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN).’ 

When you do, please let us know about it so we can tweet it out on @PolEcoNet and get it in the next newsletter!
A note from the organisers of EXALT 2020

Dear POLLEN-community,

As many of us are seeing our lives changed by COVID-19 and the measures taken to stop the pandemic, the most important thing right now is to take care of ourselves and each other. In addition, we believe there is great value in continuing the important dialogue for a more sustainable and just world. As the EXALT 2020 conference is in October and still many months away, we are continuing with the planning and will keep the Call for Abstracts open. In the meantime, the EXALT coordination team continues to closely follow the development of the situation and will make further decisions accordingly as needed.Please submit your abstract by April 6th through this link(submission guidelines below)Follow this link for information on the confirmed keynote speakers and stay tuned as we continue to announce them!

Barnaud, C. and Couix, N. (2020) ‘The Multifunctionality of Mountain Farming: Social Constructions and Local Negotiations Behind an Apparent Consensus’Journal of Rural Studies, 73, 34-45.

Bennike, R. B., Rasmussen, M. B., & Nielsen, K. B. (2020). Rural Aspirations in Agrarian Transformation: Conceptualization and Case-Studies. Policy Briefs (Copenhagen Centre for Development Research)2020(1), 1-5.

Cavanagh, C.J. and T. Weldemichel and TA Benjaminsen. (2020). Gentrifying the African landscape: the performance and powers of for-profit conservation on southern Kenya’s conservancy frontierAnnals of the American Association of Geographers.

Dedeoğlu, Ç. (2020). The Modern Is not Secular: Mapping the Idea of Secularism in the Works of Steve Bruce, Charles Taylor, and Talal Asad. In Revisiting Secularism in Theory and Practice (pp. 105-125). Springer, Cham.

Dunlap, A., & Jakobsen, J. (2020). Unraveling the Lies of His-story with James Scott and Peter Gelderloos: Worshiping power: an anarchist view of early state formation, by Peter Gelderloos, Oakland, AK Press, 2017, 16.00 USD, 277 pages, Paper Back: ISBN 9781849352642.

Fletcher, R., B. Dowd-Uribe and G.A. Aistara, eds. (2020). The Ecolaboratory: Environmental Governance and Economic Development in Costa Rica. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Fletcher, R., I. Murray Mas, A. Blanco-Romero and M. Blázquez-Salom, eds. (2020). Tourism and Degrowth: Towards a Truly Sustainable Tourism. London: Routledge.

Gönenç, D. (2020). Conceptualizing norm fusion through environmental rights. Environmental Politics, 1-20.

Gönenc, D., Piselli, D., & Sun, Y. (2020). The global economic system and access and allocation in earth system governance. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 1-16.

Kolinjivadi, V., Bissonnette, J-F., Zaga Mendez, A., and Dupras, J. (2020). “Would you like some fries with your ecosystem services? McDonaldization and conservation in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Geoforum 111: 73-82. open access

Marks, D., Miller, M. A., & Vassanadumrongdee, S. (2020). The geopolitical economy of Thailand’s marine plastic pollution crisis. Asia Pacific Viewpoint.

Nustad, K. G. (2020). “Notes on the political ecology of time: Temporal aspects of nature and conservation in a South African World Heritage Site.” Geoforum 111: 94-104. Free access with link until 9 May

Sánchez-Vázquez, Luis y Leifsen, Esben (2019) Resistencia antiminera en espacios formales de gobernanza: El caso de CASCOMI en Ecuador. ERLACS – European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies,  (108), 65–86.

Sánchez-Vázquez, Luis (2020) ¿Ciencia de resistencia? Monitoreos ambientales participativos en contextos de conflicto ambiental. Reflexiones desde una mirada decolonial. Revista de Paz y Conflictos, vol. 12, 2.

Satizábal P., Dressler W.H., Fabinyi F.,  and Pido, M.D. (2020). Blue economy discourses and practices: Reconfiguring ocean spaces in the Philippines. Maritime Studies

Tănăsescu, M., & Constantinescu, S. (2020). The human ecology of the Danube Delta: A historical and cartographic perspective. Journal of Environmental Management262, 110324.
From our friends at Undisciplined Environments

Undisciplining environmental justice research with visual storytelling By Sarah A. Moore and Heather Rosenfeld (25 February 2020) 

Monster megaprojects are consuming the world! By Alexander Dunlap (3 March 2020)

The Biggest Nuclear Threat—Lawsuits by Kate Brown (10 March 2020)

Let’s water the tree of solidarity against Coronavirus By Angelos Varvarousis (13 March 2020)

The Political Use of Parasites By Massimo De Angelis (21 March 2020)

How one of Montréal’s poorest neighborhood became ripe for green gentrification By Melissa García Lamarca (24 March 2020)
Conferences, Calls for Papers and Courses

CfP: Pathways Europe 2020: Human Dimensions of Wildlife conference, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 20-23 September. Application deadlines: 31 March for organised sessions, 10 April for abstract. Read more here
Blog posts, articles, podcasts

Viral Political Ecology by Mihnea Tanasescu. The Civil Animal

Viral Political Ecology II by Mihnea Tanasescu. The Civil Animal

Viral Political Ecology III by Mihnea Tanasescu. The Civil Animal

Tourism, Degrowth, and the Covid-19 Crisis by Robert Fletcher, Ivan Murray Mas, Macià Blázquez-Salom & Asunción Blanco-Romero. Political Ecology Network

The Conservation Revolution: A Dialogue:Following the recent publication of their new book The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature beyond the Anthropocene, Bram and Rob have invited a range of readers to respond with their own thoughts on the book and the proposals it advances. These responses are collected under the blog post on the website. If you would like to include your own response in this exchange please contact Bram or Rob.

PhD:  Modelling Nature Based Solutions to control flooding and erosion in Gihembe refugee camp, Rwanda. Coventry University. Start date: September 2020. Application deadline: 8/5/2020 Read full description here.

PhD: User innovation and sustainable energy transitions in East Africa. Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Application deadline: 19/4/2020 Read full description here.
Other news

New research centre at Yaşar University: the centre is working on issues including political ecology on the Mediterranean Basin. Here is their Twitter account for those who are interested: @YasarMedCenter

Videos discussing The Conservation Revolution: Radical Ideas for Saving Nature Beyond the Anthropocene: Bram Büscher looks at the radical revolution needed within conservation, proposing a post-capitalist approach that incorporates decolonisation, and goes beyond individual responsibility. Access videos here.

MA Peace and Conflict Studies: Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University. Open to anyone with the requisite qualifications and is split in to three stages – PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MA. Each stage lasts eight months with an optional short residential workshop at the start of each stage. The curriculum and pedagogy are developed and delivered by staff who are research active in diverse fields and often have practitioner background. If interested, visit the course website here.

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