October 2022 Update
Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,
We send this update from Lund’s Botanical Garden, as the unusual autumn warmth in Sweden still allows for working outside.
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Books and book chapters
- Campos, L. & Patoine, P. (2022) Life, Re-scaled: The Biological Imagination in Twenty-First-Century Literature and Performance. Open Book Publishers. https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0303
- Milne, S. (2022) Corporate Nature: An insiders ethnography of global conservation. The University of Arizona Press. https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/corporate-nature
- Staddon S. (2022) Critically Understanding Livelihoods in the Global South: Researchers, research practices and power. In: Routledge Handbook on Livelihoods in the Global South, Eds. F. Nunan, C. Barnes & S. Krishnamurthy. Routledge, pp. 81-92. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003014041-10/critically-understanding-livelihoods-global-south-sam-staddon
- Stoetzer, B. (2022) Ruderal city: Ecologies of Migration, Race, and Urban Nature in Berlin. Duke University Press. https://www.dukeupress.edu/ruderal-city
- Fair, H. et al., 2022. Dodo dilemmas: Conflicting ethical loyalties in conservation social science research. AREA. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12839
- Gómez-Baggethun, E. 2022. Political ecological correctness and the problem of limits. Political Geography 98: 102622 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629822000361?via%3Dihub
- Mabele, MB., Kamnde, K., Bwagalilo, F. and Kalumanga, E. 2022. Calling for landscape-level assessments of participatory forestry’s role in improving biophysical conditions. Forest Policy and Economics 143, 102816
- Rogers, S. & Han, X. & Wilmsen, B., (2022) “Apples and oranges: political crops with and against the state in rural China”, Journal of Political Ecology 29(1), p.496–512. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.4698
- Saif O., Keane, A. & Staddon S. (2022) Making a case for the consideration of trust, justice, and power in conservation relationships. Conservation Biology, 36. https://www.pure.ed.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/264380573/Saif._Keane._Staddon..pdf
- Trauger, A., (2022) “The vegan industrial complex: the political ecology of not eating animals”. Journal of Political Ecology 29(1), 639–655. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/jpe.3052
- The Solidarity Economy Experiments of Indonesia’s Peasant and Fisher Movements
Join Dr Iqra Anugrah (Kyoto University) to reflect on Indonesia’s rural political economy, and learn about the achievements and limits of solidarity economy projects carried out by farming and fishing communities in Indonesia.
When: Thursday 27 October 2022, 5pm PT / 8pm ET
Friday 28 October 2022, 7am WIB / 11am AEDT
Where: Online via Zoom Register here.
- Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire book event at Lakehead
When: October 28
Where: Hybrid. Register here: https://reimaginingvalue.ca/palm-oil-tb/
- The race to protect the Amazon: What does the future hold?
The aim of this event is to discuss how the changing political momentum in Colombia and Brazil is affecting the fate of the Amazon and the challenges that remain to protect the remaining rainforest areas.
Venue: Online (zoom)
More info: http://www.focali.se/en/events/the-race-to-protect-the-amazon-2013-what-does-the-future-hold
- Global Extraction Film Festival
More info: https://www.caribbeancreativity.nl/events/global-extraction-film-festival-2022/
- Political ecology seminar series at Université de Laussane: Thinking with plants and animals.
More info: https://www.unil.ch/files/live/sites/igd/files/Seminaires/PE-Seminar-Series-autumn-2022.pdf
- Please find below a job offer for 2 PhD positions on questions of energy politics and authoritarian power in the MENA, based in Freiburg/Germany:
The Arnold Bergstraesser Institute (ABI) at the University of Freiburg (Germany) is seeking to fill two positions as Doctoral Researcher (Salary Level 65% TVL E 13) on the topics:
“The political economy of solar energy in Morocco”
“The political economy of solar energy in Jordan”
The positions are part of an Emmy Noether Junior Research Group, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), led by Dr. Benjamin Schuetze, and hosted by the ABI, on the overall topic ‘Renewable Energies, Renewed Authoritarianisms? The Political Economy of Solar Energy in the Middle East and North Africa’.
The successful candidates are expected to move to Freiburg, Germany, and start by April 1, 2023. Initial contracts will be for 2.5 years with possible extension of another 1.5 years. The selected candidates will enroll as PhD students with the University of Freiburg’s Faculty of Humanities, supervised by Dr. Benjamin Schuetze, and be provided with office space at the ABI. For further information please see the attached PDF and/or the following link: https://www.arnold-bergstraesser.de/news/stellenausschreibung-doctoral-researcher-tvl-e-13-65
Deadline: Applications should be sent to benjamin.schuetze[at]abi.uni-freiburg.de by November 6, 2022 (as one single PDF file), and should include the following:
Motivation letter (1-2 pages)
CV, including names and contact details of two referees
Copies of university degrees (BA and MA)
Work sample (MA thesis chapter, published article, or similar)
PhD project outline (2-3 pages)
- The Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland is accepting applications for our Fall 2023 Ph.D. Program. Applications are due by December 15th, 2022 and requirements are posted here: https://geog.umd.edu/graduate/application-requirements. The Department of Geographical Sciences at UMD offers generous funding, benefits, and tuition remission packages https://geog.umd.edu/graduate/assistantships-and-fellowships. Contact Dr. Leila De Floriani (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Rachel Haber (email@example.com) for application or program questions. We hope to receive your application this season!
- The Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland, College Park also has multiple job openings focused on conservation criminology and human dimensions of global environmental change:
Assistant Research Professor/Post Doc Associate(https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/101123). The intersectionality of wildlife trafficking and biosafety from zoonotic pathogens and vectors has not received significant attention although there are serious implications for health and national security. The applicant(s) research will support critical surveillance, biosafety, and security (SB&S) efforts by creating new, and enhancing existing, capacity to address risks at the intersection of human-animal-ecosystem health, wildlife trafficking and zoonotic pathogens using geographical sciences. The applicant will join a dynamic and diverse interdisciplinary team with the unique experience and expertise to focus on anthrax and other zoonotic pathogens of security concern and pandemic potential in South Africa’s and Mozambique’s segments of The Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA), an unfenced transnational peace park.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate (https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/101049). The illegal harvest and trade in wild flora and fauna undermines sustainable development, erodes local and global economies, poses security risks to local people, degrades the carbon capture potential of forests, and facilitates the spread of zoonotic diseases. No group of species so perfectly embodies the limits of current conservation practice than pangolins – the most trafficked wild mammals globally. Pangolins represent the socio-ecological systems within which many high value species are illegally harvested and traded globally. This research capitalizes on the latest advances in technology, interdisciplinary conservation science, big data, and artificial intelligence to generate and unify diverse data sources to inform sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the global biodiversity crisis associated with wildlife crime. The research will synthesize information from wildlife crime, population monitoring, and socio-ecological systems through cutting edge artificial intelligence (AI) analytical pipelines to support: 1) sustainable, socially legitimate, and locally led conservation interventions, 2) evidence-informed international policy implementation, and 3) predictive tools for addressing wildlife crime.
Faculty Specialist (https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/101048). This is a full time position responsible for supporting and coordinating a large international, multi-institution research collaboration including project management; assisting in the logistical planning of research activities including remote international fieldwork, workshops, meetings and conferences, overseeing travel arrangements; maintaining the projects’ research profiles on a project website; tracking milestones of project implementation specific to the funding requirements; editing technical reports and papers; assisting in vital communication between co-researchers, sponsors, and collaborative organizations; assisting the project director in administering the project by formulating and monitoring project budgets, coordinating and supervise the arrangements for foreign visitors and interns working on the projects, as well as various other tasks as required for the smooth functioning of large research projects.
- PhD Scholarship on Critical geographies, political ecologies of forestry and biosecurity in Northern Australia at the University of Wollongong, Australiaassociated with Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship Project FT 200100006 (https://scholars.uow.edu.au/display/jenny_atchison).
- Assistant Professor, Ecological Stewardship and Community-Centered Indigenous Research at the University of Connecticut
More info: https://jobs.hr.uconn.edu/en-us/job/496909/assistant-professor-ecological-stewardship-and-communitycentered-indigenous-research
Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. For more information please visit the unit website: Anthropology. For questions about this position, please contact Deborah Bolnick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Chester
More info: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CTZ680/lecturer-in-human-geography-06fte
Deadline: 1st of Nov, 2022
- One Faculty Position in Feminist Political and/or Economic Geographies in/of AsiaAssistant Professor (Tenure-Track) or Associate Professor (With Tenure) at the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore
More info: https://careers.nus.edu.sg/NUS/job/Kent-Ridge-AssistantAssociate-Professor-%28FeministEconomic-Geographies%29-Kent/10946644/
- Adjunct Professor Environmental Studies at Dickinson College
Candidates should submit the following via QUEST (online application system) at https://jobs.dickinson.edu: Letter of interest; Contact details for two references (at least one speaking to teaching ability); Teaching statement that references the candidate’s teaching philosophy, experience and ability to teach an upper level course in their area of expertise; Current CV. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.
- Funded PhD Position | Dartmouth College Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Environment and Society
More info: https://ires.ubc.ca/funded-phd-position-dartmouth-college-graduate-program-in-ecology-evolution-environment-and-society/
- Call for contributions:
Review of African Political Economy special issue, titled ‘The climate emergency in Africa: crisis, solutions and resistance’
Themes: Extraction and the exploitation of fossil fuels // War, repression and climate change // Renewable energy sources and labour // Climate disaster in Africa and its impacts // Solutions
More info: https://roape.net/2022/10/06/roape-special-issue-call-for-contributors-the-climate-emergency-in-africa-crisis-solutions-and-resistance/
- Call for Abstracts:
International Conference “Sustainable Food and Biomass Futures. Localised approaches to agricultural change and bioeconomy”, June 22-24, 2023, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany
More info here: https://www.transect.de/call-for-papers-international-conference-on-sustainable-food-and-biomass-futures
The deadline for abstract submission is December 7, 2022.
Confronting Climate Coloniality: 2023 American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual conference, 23-27 March 2023, Denver CO, USA https://www.aag.org/events/aag2023/
Abstracts of papers (100-200 words max) should be submitted no later than 2 Nov 2022 at this link: https://tinyurl.com/mumxadrm
- Call for papers:
Ontological Destruction: Negotiating Trauma through Re-imagined & Practiced Human Non-Human Relations
Special session CFP, AAG, Denver, CO, Thursday March 23-Monday March 27, 2023.
Submit an abstract of no more than 200 word to Muhammad_Salman.Khan@kcl.ac.uk by November2, 2022.
The AAG deadline for submission is November 10, 2022.
- Call for Proposals:
Antipode’s “Right to the Discipline” grants
More info: https://antipodeonline.org/a-right-to-the-discipline/
- Call for papers:
Queer/trans ecologies: methodological considerations for critical geographical research
Deadline for EOIs 25 October 2022
To be considered for this panel please send a short statement of interest (250 words) outlining relevant research projects and areas of interest. Expressions of interest are also invited from those who wish to contribute in a facilitative role, for example as introducer or discussant. These and any questions should be directed to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> by 25 October 2022.
- Call for papers:
Feminist Political Economies of Displacement
Papers may engage with some of the following themes:
- Theorizing feminist political economies of displacement
- Displacement and social reproduction
- Displaced women’s detention and unfree labor
- Affect and displaced labor subjectivities
Organizers: Shae Frydenlund (Indiana University Bloomington) and Georgina Ramsay (University of Delaware)
- Call for papers:
Seeping, leaching, drifting: contaminated earth and colonial violence
AAG Annual Meeting. 23-27 March 2023. Denver, Colorado
Organisers: Kali Rubaii (Purdue University), Mark Griffiths (Newcastle University), Mikko Joronen (Tampere University)
We invite abstracts for papers that engage with the topic of toxified earth and colonial violence. Please send abstracts of ~250 words to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> by 26 October 2022
- Call for papers:
Anti-caste political ecologies
Organizers: Amani Ponnaganti (Wisconsin-Madison), Sahithya Venkatesan (Rutgers), and Tanya Matthan (UC-Berkeley)
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by October 31. Notice of acceptance will be sent out by November 4. Conference registration must be completed by November 10.
More info: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1drNgY1jYTEqb6-MH03_C6NTMYhHyrkVTW9qhjk2VeZg/edit
Other news items
- Report: A decade of defiance – Global Witness’s report: https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/environmental-activists/decade-defiance/
- Opinion: Ecological civilization: why it is necessary and how can we create it? https://www.meer.com/en/70893-ecological-civilization
- Article:Energy transition from below – Undisciplined Environments: Energy transition from below: From climate colonialism to energy sovereignty (En esp: La transición energética desde abajo: Del colonialismo climático a la soberanía energética)