POLLEN 2022/2023: Final Call for Papers, announcement of plenary indabas and registration

The 4th Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network Political Ecology: North, South, and Beyond.
27-29th June 2023

Organised by: The Discipline of Geography and the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Support is provided by the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB), the South African National Research Foundation (NRF)
Conference organiser: African Agenda.

The POLLEN 22/3 Local Organising committee is pleased to announce a final supplementary CFP, the first two plenary ‘Indabas’ of the conference, and the continuation of the registration process.

As those who have been following the conference know, we have had a torrid time organising the event amidst COVID-19 enforced format changes, and have seen a significant degree of uncertainty over participant numbers. We did our best to accommodate participants who were unable to travel into six preconference asynchronous workshops in 2022, and we are now at a point where we are moving forward with the 2023 in-person conference.

What this has means is that we now have a better idea participant numbers, and still have some limited space to run a final, supplementary Call for Papers and Session Proposals. We thus invite prospective individual presenters and session organisers to get in touch about participation at the event. The conference theme and full details can be found at the following link https://pollen2022.com/conference-themes/ and we request interested parties email nela@ukzn.ac.za with abstracts and session proposals by the 31st of March to initiate the process.  Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis and subject to available capacity. We do wish to note that we unfortunately cannot accommodate a full hybrid format, and that the Travel bursary applications closed during the initial CFP phases. We do look forward to seeing more of you at the in-person event.

An indaba is a traditional South African meeting or gathering for listening to news or concerns that affect individuals or community and also to discuss matters of common interest. This format lends itself to roundtable, open discussion and networking activities rather than individual keynotes. As such the POLLEN23 conference plenaries will draw on the insights of facilitators and key participants, to open dialogue amongst conference participants on pertinent themes for the POLLEN network. We are happy to announce the first two of three plenaries that will be held during the conference:

1st Indaba: ‘Political Ecology From South Africa’
The host city for the conference, Durban, was developed as a colonial city in the nineteenth century where social contestation, marginalization, and discrimination continue to characterize elements of social life in the city. Its built form and environment was shaped by colonial and, later, apartheid era practices of racial separation, as well as a post-apartheid ‘vortex’ of transition and rapid urbanization amidst flows of capital, goods, people, diverse cultures, traditions and knowledge. There are diverse learnings from the experiences and challenges Durban, and South Africa more broadly, face as they grapple with their history, and contemporary socio-economic-political-environmental and global realities. This indaba session is hosted by the UKZN Centre for Civil Society, and its aim is to present diverse accounts of the political ecology of, and provoke debate and to raise questions what it means to do political ecology from, South Africa.

Facilitators: Danford Chibvongodze and Andries Motau (CCS)
Patrick Bond (University of Johannesburg)
Catherine Sutherland (UKZN)
Desmond D’sa (South Durban Community Environmental Justice Alliance)
Bobby Peek (Groundwork)
Nonhle Mbuthuma (Amadiba Crisis Committee)
Discussant: Sarah Bracking (Kings College London)

2nd Indaba: Political Ecology: North, South and Beyond
Following the conference theme, this Indaba plenary seeks to engage with the doing of Political ecology across the Global North and South. Drawing reflections from speakers representing diverse Political Ecology networks and groupings, the session seeks to (re)visit political ecology’s growth, and to engage with and where necessary disrupt received wisdoms and persistent dichotomies, not limited to North and South, but including the spatial, social, ecological, political, economic etc. categories with which we work. The Indaba is supported by the Journal of Political Ecology.

Tracey Osborne (CAPE, DOPE, PPEL)
Panagiota Kotsila (Undisciplined environments)
Felipe Milanez (Latin American Congress of Political Ecology)
Amber Huff (POLLEN)
Simon Batterbury (Journal of Political Ecology)

The registration period for accepted participants is well underway, and we would strongly urge participants to register before the end of the month. This will help us to move forward with our programming and logistics for the event. Please do note that the POLLEN23 conference format is predominantly for program participants, and those interested in attending should consult the CFP above.

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE > > https://pollen2022.com/registration/
Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you in Durban

Adrian Nel obo the POLLEN 2022/3 Local Organising committee
POLLEN23 secretariat – African Agenda

Tel: +27 (0)21 683 2934

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