POLLEN September Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

This month we have a truly packed newsletter – the POLLEN20 conference last week;  the next POLLEN Secretariat hosts and their crowdfunding pledge; an introduction to EXALT; and the usual lists of publications, articles, vacancies, CfPs and more!  

Best wishes, 

POLLEN Secretariat

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 – SPECIAL EDITION: The next POLLEN Secretariat Host!

Sarah Milne, Sango Mahanty and colleagues at the Crawford School of Public Policy AUS are the next secretariat hosts!! Read below about who they are and how you can help out with their fundraising to ease to administrative burden of hosting.
The POLLEN secretariat will soon be hosted at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia’s “bush capital”, built on the unceded land of the Ngunnawal indigenous people.

The new hosts are a collective of political ecology and indigenous studies scholars, ranging from PhD scholars to Senior academics, based mainly with the Resources, Environment and Development Group (RE&D) at the Crawford School of Public Policy. The Crawford School is based within ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific, which houses a remarkable collection of scholars, students and networks based in and focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

Staff in the Resources, Environment and Development Program (RE&D) carry out cutting edge, interdisciplinary research and teaching, focused on the social and political dimensions of environmental change and resource management in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. RE&D’s research community includes scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds such as anthropology, geography, and ecological economics.

The POLLEN secretariat will be co-hosted by Sango Mahanty and Sarah Milne, with support from John McCarthy, Keith Barney, Siobhan McDonnell, Abidah Setyowati and Maeve Powell: see our picture!

Given major funding constraints within the university sector in Australia, we do not have full funding to support the web-master/administrator role for the Secretariat, for the period of two years.  We have managed to find about 10% of the budget at ANU, and now we have launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the rest. Since the POLLEN conference, over 10% of the fundraising target has been already been reached.  Collective action should enable us to reach the goal.  Please share widely and give if you can: POLLEN fundraising campaign.
POLLEN20
Last week saw the fantastic virtual manifestation of POLLEN20! More in-depth summaries and recollections of the conference will follow, but here are some key points Four keynote roundtables on emerging and ‘legacy’ themesFour days of parallel paper and panel debate sessions on eight ‘live’ stages – This was just under 260 live sessions involving nearly 700 presentations!82 On Demand presentations, ten workshops on a range of themes and two amazing online exhibitionsA total of 1,164 registered delegates. This means that almost the same number of people attended out of interest as attended and gave a presentation.Announcements at the biennial POLLEN Assembly that for the first time ever, both the secretariat and the conference will be outside of Europe (see more detail below !)
POLLEN20 – On Twitter
University of Copenhagen students Michalina Lucja Pietras and Tabea Josephine Dorndorf did a fantastic scrape of activities on Twitter during the P20 Conference. Below are some of the main trends and a bigram and wordcloud of key words and connections and a network of retweets!
 
Some general information:
– There were a total of 474 users who set off tweets
– There were 1,429 individual tweet actions, of which were 1,023 retweets and 406 original tweets.
– The two most active tweeters were STEPS Centre (137) and POLLEN (101)
– The tweet with the max  number of retweets originated from STEPS Centre, with 23 retweets, issued on Tue Sep 15, announcing 4 keynote sessions- The tweet with the max  number of likes originated from Becky Ayre, with 49 likes, issued on Fri Sep 25: “Major career achievement: carrying myself through the pains of long-covid to deliver a virtual conference with more than 1000 delegates. Carried also by  @nathan_oxley and @Anthropogo with an amazing group of volunteers and @IDS_UK colleagues. Am emotional. Need wine. #POLLEN20     
Announcement and call for inputs for upcoming POLLEN Meeting

During POLLEN22 a POLLEN Assembly was held to discuss the network and appoint a new secretariat host and conference host for POLLEN24.

However, since no one made a bid to host POLLEN24, we’ll call for a POLLEN Meeting to be held November 10 at 1-2.30 pm Central European Time.

At the meeting, we hope to hear one or more bids for hosting of POLLEN24!

To submit a bid for hosting POLLEN24 and/or *to propose other points to be discussed*, write to the secretariat no later than October 30, 2020.

We will then circulate incoming bids and other points to be discussed throughout the network by November 5, 2020.
Publications

Beckett, C. (2020). Beyond remediation: Containing, confronting and caring for the Giant Mine Monster. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2514848620954361.

Benegiamo, M. (2020). Extractivism, exclusion and conflicts in Senegal’s agro-industrial transformation. Review of African Political Economy, 1-23.

Carton, W., Asiyanbi, A., Beck, S., Buck, H. J., & Lund, J. F. (2020). Negative emissions and the long history of carbon removal. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, e671.

Flachs, Andrew, Elizabeth Brite, Maura Finkelstein, Karen Tranberg Hansen, Sandip Hazareesingh, Meena Menon, Robert N. Spengler III, Udaanta, and Emily A. Wolff. 2020. The Global Lives of Indian Cotton. ESRI Story Map. 

Fleischman, F., Basant, S., Chhatre, A., Coleman, E. A., Fischer, H. W., Gupta, D., … & Powers, J. S. (2020). Pitfalls of Tree Planting Show Why We Need People-Centered Natural Climate Solutions. BioScience.

Hardt, Judith Nora and Viehoff, Alina (2020) “A Climate for Change in the UNSC? Member States’ Approaches to the Climate-Security Nexus”, IFSH-Research Report

Hardt, Judith Nora (2020) “A Climate for Change in the UNSC? Member States’ Approaches to the Climate-Security Nexus” IFSH Policy Brief 

Hein, J. und Dünckmann, F. (Hrsg.) (2020):  Narratives and practices of environmental justice. (Special Issue). DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin 151(2-3).

Hein, J., Del Cairo, C., Gallego, D. O., Gutiérrez, T. V., Velez, J. S. and Rodríguez de Francisco, J. C. (2020) “A political ecology of green territorialization: frontier expansion and conservation in the Colombian Amazon”, DIE ERDE – Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin, 151(1), pp. 37-57. doi: 10.12854/erde-2020-456.

Hope, J., 2020. The anti‐politics of sustainable development: Environmental critique from assemblage thinking in Bolivia. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

Joshi, S. (forthcoming) Climate Change Justice and the Global Resource Commons: Local and Global Postcolonial Political Ecologies. Routledge

Mendez, M. A. (2020). Climate change from the streets: How conflict and collaboration strengthen the environmental justice movement. Yale University Press.

Méndez, M., Flores-Haro, G., & Zucker, L. (2020). The (in) visible victims of disaster: Understanding the vulnerability of undocumented Latino/a and indigenous immigrants. Geoforum116, 50-62.

Mika, K. (2020). Documenting hurt: UN, epistemic injustice, and the political ecology of the 2010 cholera epidemic in HaitiModern & Contemporary France, 1-18.

Mika, K., & Kelman, I. (2020). Shealing: Post‐disaster slow healing and later recovery. Area. 52: 646– 653.

Otten, F., Hein, J., Bondy, H. und Faust, H. (2020): Deconstructing sustainable rubber production: contesting narratives in rural Sumatra. Journal of Land Use Science. DOI: 10.1080/1747423X.2019.1709225

Rothfuß, E., & Boamah, F. (2020). Politics and (Self)-Organisation of Electricity System Transitions in a Global North–South Perspective. Politics and Governance8(3), 162-172.

Sankar, V. (in press) ‘Politics of Cultural Commons- A Case Study of Sacred Groves in Central Kerala’ Space and Culture, India

Sovacool, B. K., B. Turnheim, A. Hook, A. Brock and M. Martiskainen (2021). Dispossessed by decarbonisation: Reducing vulnerability, injustice, and inequality in the lived experience of low-carbon pathways. World Development 137: 105-116 (open access)

Sultana, F. (2020). Progress Report in Political Ecology I: From Margin to CenterProgress in Human Geography.

Sungusia, E., J.F. Lund and Y. Ngaga. 2020. Decolonizing forestry: overcoming the symbolic violence of forestry education in TanzaniaCritical African Studies 12(3):354-371.
CfPs, Courses

CfP: Political ecologies of the Green New Deal – Opportunities, Challenges and conflicts of Just Transition. Article proposals are invited in the form of a 500-word abstract of your proposed paper by 16 November 2020, to be submitted by e-mail to mcondep@gmail.com and diego.andreucci@gmail.com. Authors will be notified of the outcome no later than 15 December 2020. The deadline for the submission of full papers will be 1 April 2021. After an internal review, final submissions should be sent to the journal by the end June 2021For a detailed description please contact the above e-mail addresses, or the POLLEN Secretariat who can forward you the text.

CfP: Special Issue: 
Understanding the ‘local’ aspect of participation and citizen engagement in natural resource governance. Deadline is 31 December, 2020. Read more here

Course (in Spanish): Metodologías para el estudio de la conflictividad socio-ambiental en fuentes digitales. Duration: six weeks, starting Monday, November 2nd. Professors: Marhylda Victoria Rivero Corona (POLLEN member) and Marx José Gómez-Liendo (POLLEN member). Here you can find more information about costs, syllabus, and certification. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact formigas@iberoamericasocial.com
From our friends at Undisciplined Environments

Rural and urban, green and red, against eco-austerity By Patrick Bresnihan (15 September, 2020)

Open letter to European Commission from civil society organizations on critical raw materials plans (19 September, 2020)

Beyond handbook tyrannies: Pluralising the practice of feminist political ecology By Rebecca Elmhirst (22 September, 2020)

Building Eco-Paradise in End Times: Lessons from Ecoaldeas (Ecovillages) in Mexico By Olea Morris (29 September, 2020)
EXALT SYMPOSIUM 2020 – EXTRACTIVISMS AND ALTERNATIVES
October 21.-23. – Online (Registration is now open!)  — To read more about what EXALT is and what they do, see the next post!
 
EXALT Symposium 2020 is a series of convivial and critical online discussions, taking place on 21.-23. of October, 2020. The event draws together diverse critical analyses of the phenomena of global extractivisms and the myriad alternatives pursued both in theory and practice. The Symposium consists of a plenary Roundtable Discussion and six sessions with diverse set of speakers from multiple backgrounds. Read about our speakers and check out the program on the EXALT website! The event is free and registration is open for everyone.
Sign up for the Symposium. Registration is open from September 9 – October 19.
THE GLOBAL EXTRACTIVISMS AND ALTERNATIVES INITIATIVE (EXALT)
A network of scholars and activists dedicated to collaboration and knowledge creation around the pressing crisis stemming from extractivist policies and practices.
 
The Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT) is an international research network based at the University of Helsinki. The Initiative brings together people who work around issues of extractivism and its myriad alternatives, whether they are researchers, activists, community members or policy-makers. The intention of the Initiative to contribute to, expand, and deepen the concept of extractivism and the role of alternatives beyond the conventional usage connected to natural resources.
 
EXALT is committed to science popularization and communication, and in support of this goal we are hosting a podcast with guests from academics, activism, and lived experience. Listen to the latest episode on data colonialism and data extraction, with professors Nick Couldry and Ulises Mejías. EXALT organizes regularly events and seminars (see below information on the upcoming EXALT Symposium 2020 in October) to collaborate and share new research and insights. You can connect with us by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Twitter and Facebook. Visit also our website to learn more about the Initiative.
 
Listen to the EXALT Podcast on SpotifyApple PodcastSoundCloud or other podcatchers.
Blog posts, articles documentaries, podcasts

From cyberspace to the streets. Emerging environmental paradigm of justice and citizenship in Vietnam By Quang Dung Nguyen. (2020) In International Institute for Asian Studies

Eco-Social Steps to Resilience By Rosa Martínez Rodríguez and Yayo Herrero (30 July, 2020). In Green European Journal
Vacancies

Postdoctoral contract: Rural vulnerability in Spain; ICTA-UAB. We are looking for an experienced postdoctoral researcher to lead the development and calculus of a Rural Vulnerability Index in rural Spain. The postdoc will join the Laseg research group and the SEVERAS project, hosted at the Environmental Science and Technology Institute (ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). The project is funded by La Caixa Foundation. Apply through this link or contact villamayortomas@gmail.com and esteve.corbera@uab.cat for more information. 

Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography: School of Geography and the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford. Deadline to apply: 23 October 2020. Read more and apply here

Research Fellow in Climate and Environmental Justice: The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex seeks applicants for the position of senior Research Fellow in Climate and Environmental Justice. The successful candidate will be housed in the Resource Politics & Environmental Change Research Cluster at IDS. In particular, we seek a candidate who is able to bridge climate and environmental justice concerns, and who can provide leadership and guidance to the development of a strategic research initiative on Climate and Environmental Justice, part of the 2020-25 IDS Strategy. The position is permanent and the deadline is 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 11 October 2020. More information of the position can be found on the IDS website here. Queries about the position can be directed to Amber Huff (a.huff@ids.ac.uk).
Retirement Tribute to Professor Raymond Bryant – By Gustav Cederlöf and Simon Batterbury 

Professor Raymond Bryant has retired from King’s College London this month where he has lectured since 1993.
 
Raymond’s early work on the politics of environmental issues culminated in the formative text Third World Political Ecology (with Sinéad Bailey, Routledge, 1997), which remains pertinent and widely cited today. It marked him out as a key exponent of political ecology. His doctoral research at the School of Oriental and African Studies broke new ground in the study of state forestry. It resulted in The Political Ecology of Forestry in Burma, 1824–1994 (C. Hurst, 1997) and a sustained effort to understand consumption practices and the branding of natural resources, especially teak. His subsequent work picked up on a theme from Third World Political Ecology to examine NGOs as environmental actors. In Nongovernmental Organizations in Environmental Struggles (Yale, 2005), he showed how the altruistic motives of NGOs in the Philippines were conditioned by their need to work with elites, the ‘moral capital’ of NGOs translating into social power.
 
Raymond became the UK’s first Professor of Political Ecology, and the most recent testament to his support for the field is The International Handbook of Political Ecology – an enormous work of over 600 pages that he edited singlehandedly (Elgar, 2015). His promotion of non-Western scholars and underrepresented voices has been exemplary, not least among his many PhD and master’s students. Though we are certain his will remain a committed voice for many years to come, we wish him well in retirement.

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