Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,
This month our newsletter is slightly longer than usual, as we are sending out some important information about the upcoming POLLEN20 Conference. We are also introducing a POLLEN node, this time from the University of Oklahoma and as usual, have a long list of new publications, articles, CfPs, vacancies, and more!
NOTE: the updates below are a copy of the original newsletter, and therefore might not contain all hyperlinks and content. To access the original with full content, as well as to see previous newsletters, follow this link: https://us20.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=71814a42a0d2d8f390cbee1be&id=3fe97edf35
|Getting to know your fellow POLLEN members|
Every monthly newsletter includes a brief introduction to one of the many POLLEN nodes. We hope this will help build better connections between our community. Our next ‘virtual visit’ is to the University of Oklahoma. Enjoy!
|Short group bio|
Dr. Emma Colven, Dr. Mary Lawhon, and Dr. Anthony Levenda form a small POLLEN node at the University of Oklahoma, which connects the Departments of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (DGES) and International and Area Studies (IAS). With shared interests in urban environments, our research interests span: climate adaptation and mitigation; climate and environmental justice; digital political ecologies (including artificial intelligence, digital capitalism and universal basic income and automation); environmental knowledge and expertise; flood and urban hazards management; labor and waste; policy mobilities; renewable energy and decarbonization; southern urban theory and critique; speculative urbanism; smart cities; urban planning and informality; and urban water resources and crises Collectively, our field sites include Austin, TX; Bangalore, India; Boulder, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kampala, Uganda; Cape Town and Gauteng, South Africa as well as several cities in the US Gulf Coast. Together, we have cultivated student interest in the field of political ecology. The University of Oklahoma was well represented at the 2020 Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference in Lexington, Kentucky with presentations by Alejandra Acuña Balbuena (now a graduate student at the University of New Mexico), Brooke Foster, Maya Henderson (now a MA student at the University of Georgia), Meagan Harden (now a PhD student at the University of Hawaii-Manoa) and Maddie Williams. In IAS, Emma Colven’s primary area of research broadly examines water politics in Asian cities with a focus on urban flooding. A second area of her research examines the politics of environmental knowledge production in relation to climate modeling, and environmental applications of AI. You can see her research publications here: Environment and Planning C (2020), Critical Asian Studies (2020), Geography Compass (2019). In DGES, Anthony Levenda’s work primarily focuses on (1) policy and activism for just energy transitions and (2) the urban politics of climate mitigation and adaptation. Anthony is an OU Humanities Forum Fellow exploring anti-pipeline activism in the US and Canada (with Tyler McCreary). He is also studying the way small to medium sized cities in the US Gulf Coast region are preparing for climate hazards in a project funded by the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies. Additionally, Anthony is working with the team at RESTING SAFE to study critical environmental justice issues with houseless rest areas communities and activists. Mary Lawhon’s (who will relocate to the University of Edinburgh next year) scholarship focuses on urban political ecology in southern cities. Recent projects have examined waste and labour in South African and waste and sanitation in Kampala and contributed to the Situated Urban Political Ecology Collective. Mary supervises a number of graduate students with interests in political ecology, including Anesu Makina (appropriations of waste) who graduates in 2020, Aditi Singh (urban forestry) and Gloria Nsangi (sanitation). She recently published a book, Making Urban Theory: Learning and Unlearning through Cities in the Global South.
Did you know that Oklahoma is an earthquake hotspot in the US? Wastewater disposal by the oil and gas industry has triggered seismic events since 2009. In 2015, OK experienced more earthquakes than California with 903 earthquakes with a magnitude of 3+ recorded.
|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!
Registration for the POLLEN20 virtual conference is open, including for non-presenting conference delegates. Registration information and the revised fee schedule can be found on the main page at https://pollen2020.wordpress.com/.
Presentation formats – The provisional programme is under construction and will be released on the event site soon, along with technical information about the virtual conference platform. All presenters will be requested to upload presentation materials ahead of time in case of technical difficulties on the day of presentation. POLLEN20 will use the ExOrdo Virtual Conference platform, which puts the programme and all conference events and content in a central ‘hub’ to make finding sessions and navigating to events easy. Live video conferencing feeds will use Cisco Webex Events. Session organisers have a choice of how they wish their session to appear at the conference: as a ‘live’ session or as ‘on-demand’ content.
– A live session has a specific time allocated to it. All attendees, including presenters, will need to be online at this allocated time to view and participate. Presenters will be able to share their screen to present any accompanying slides or other files. There is a chat function for delegates to leave comments and questions on presentations during the session, and a chair or moderator can decide how to manage live discussion and Q&A. Live sessions can be recorded and shared with wider audiences following the conference.
– In an on-demand session, the content for the sessions is pre-recorded by presenters and uploaded to the system in advance. It is then made available for delegates to view throughout the conference as a ‘bundle’ of content. This means sessions can be recorded at a time that is convenient for all presenters (which might be helpful if there are presenters living on multiple time zones or who have a lot of other commitments). Comments and questions can be made by delegates throughout the conference, displayed as a conversation thread under the presentation; email notifications are sent to authors / organisers when a question or comment is raised and a response can be sent to them, to get a conversation going – this process is close to real-time. These ‘on-demand’ sessions can be shared with wider audiences, if desired, after the conference.
– If you are an organizer interested in an on-demand session, please email the organizing group with ‘ON DEMAND’ in the subject line to POLLEN@sussex.ac.uk
As usual, all conference updates and announcements are published on the POLLEN20 event page and on Twitter. Any inquiries should be sent to the conference organizing group at POLLEN@sussex.ac.uk
|POLLEN20 – Call for Volunteers|
As we are approaching the POLLEN 20 biennial conference, which will be held online from 22-25 September, the organizing group is issuing a call for volunteer ‘stage managers’ to help keep the online space running smoothly over the course of the conference. Volunteers will be asked to take part in an online training session and will work in shifts through the online ExOrdo Virtual conference platform to make sure that sessions begin on time and to flag any technical issues with the support team. We aim to keep the number of shifts worked by each volunteer low so that they can enjoy the conference as well! Volunteers will receive a refund / waiver of conference fees. Volunteers will need to have a reliable internet connection. If you would like to volunteer, please send an email with ‘VOLUNTEERING’ in the subject line to POLLEN@sussex.ac.uk. Please include your name and contact details, as well as availability on the dates of the 22-25 of September.
|Announcing the POLLEN General Assembly!|
Learn about what the POLLEN network is and be part of the conversation about it should be!
On the morning of September 25 – the last day of the POLLEN20 conference – we’ll have the POLLEN General Assembly where we’ll discuss developments within our network, and ideas for taking it in new and exciting directions!
We’ll also at the Assembly learn about the upcoming POLLEN22 and hear bids from member nodes who would like to (i) host the POLLEN secretariat for the period 2021-22 and/or (ii) host the POLLEN24 conference.
Thus, we now call for inputs from POLLEN members on the following:
1. Bids to host the POLLEN secretariat for the period January 2021 – December 2022
The secretariat is the communications hub for the network – email, homepage, newsletter, twitter, etc. Hosting the secretariat requires that the node members are able to spend an average 5-6 hours per week on the communications activities that comprise the core of POLLEN. It’s a unique possibility to keep up to date with exciting political ecology developments across the globe! Email us for questions concerning what this entails, and we’ll get back to you
2. Bids to host the POLLEN24 conference
The biennial conference is a key event for the global POLLEN network to meet and exchange ideas. Conference hosts will have to take on substantial preparation activities and fundraising activities. In your bid, please include a bit of information about your thoughts on conference size/capacity, location, venue, possible funding sources, possibilities for remote participation, etc. You will be asked to present your bid during the Assembly.
3. Other items you would like to add to the agenda of the Assembly
This could be any ideas for new activities, general issues concerning the network you would like to see discussed at the Assembly, etc.
Please send us your inputs no later than September 12 so that we can include it in the Assembly agenda that will then be circulated in advance of the day.
|Is your political ecology ‘decolonial’? A praxis workshop at #POLLEN20|
A special pre-conference workshop organized by and for early career researchers and activists.
Workshop date: 21 September 2020 from 3-5pm BST.Deadline to register interest in attending the workshop: 10 September 2020.
More details here.
|Short Film funded by the Cabot Institute for the Environment, University of Bristol|
Kids and Animals. As part of the Youth Climate Strike in September 2019, Dr Jess Hope lead a Carnival of Creatures – a parade of under-5s dressed as animals to highlight that climate change means biodiversity loss. The film is orientated towards creating a new normal post-covid by promoting political ecology & degrowth websites.
CfP: To the inaugural issue of the Journal of Posthumanism, an international peer-reviewed scholarly journal promoting innovative work to transverse the fields ranging from social sciences, humanities, and arts to medicine and STEM. Submission Deadline: 22 January 2021, Friday. Read more here.
CfP: Emerging voices and pathways to inclusive disaster studies – In Disaster Prevention and Management. Submission deadline: 20th February 2021. Read more here.
Call for input: Correspondents of the World (CoTW) publishes short, personal stories about global issues, focusing on five main themes: environment, migration, gender, liberation and Covid-19. The mission of CotW is to foster mutual understanding of our shared humanity through personal story-teliing. For POLLEN members, students and collaborators, CotW is a space to share the individual experiences that make up our work and personal lives as environmentalists, researchers, advocates, and engaged people. What stories do you have to share? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or to CotW editor Melaina Dyck at email@example.com to submit a story or get more information. Check out other published stories here.
CfP: Hyphen Journal is asking for materials to be published in Hyphen Journal Issue 3: Ecologies in May 2021: please send your 200–400 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 September.
CfP: Gateways – International Journal of Community Research and Engagement. Themed volume: Power in Engaged Scholarship. See more details and all deadlines here.
|From our friends at Undisciplined Environments|
Saving a critical pastureland in Montenegro from the onslaught of military ‘development’ By Pablo Domínguez, Maja Kostić-Mandić and Milan Sekulović (August 6, 2020)
‘Extracting Us’ Exhibition and Conversation Launches Online (August 12, 2020)
A swimming commons By Elliot Hurst (August 18, 2020)
|Blog posts, articles documentaries, podcasts|
Models aren’t a panacea for saving the environment: hard lessons from REDD+. By Kate Massarella and Adeniyi Asiyanbi (August 13th, 2020)In The Conversation
Review: Wood: Going Undercover to Uncover Forest Crime. By George Iordăchescu. (August 11th, 2020) In BIOSEC
Blog: The Diary of a Frequent Flyer: What can airports tell us about conservation? By Laure Joanny (August 17th, 2020). In BIOSEC
PELICAM International Film Festival, curated by George Iordachescu, organised a discussion on ‘Biodiversity between extinction and species return’ available here.
Collective of critical geography and development scholars – “Towards a non-extractive and care-driven academia” In Beyond Development
Tenured or tenure-track faculty appointment: In CSCS department in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The position carries three functions of UW-Madison faculty: undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and outreach/service as is appropriate to position and rank. The successful candidate must have expertise in community-based research, excellent quantitative research skills, and knowledge of critical theory perspectives. The candidate will contribute to the CSCS departmental mission to be a national leader in cutting-edge research and community collaborations that promote social justice and equity in Wisconsin and beyond. Application deadline: October 15, 2020. Start date: August 23, 2021 Contact: Michelle Hamilton email@example.com or visit job description here.