Ph.D. Course: The political ecology of pandemics

Time and place: Aug. 9, 2021 9:00 AM–Aug. 11, 2021 4:00 PM, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), Oslo, Norway

Application deadline: 15th March

The objective of this interdisciplinary course is to critically approach the relationship between food production and food consumption and pandemics in an environmental perspective.

See full description and apply on this link.

POLLEN December Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

We closed 2020 and look forward to a different 2021! However, before we do this, here’s a look at what happened across POLLEN in December. We have plenty of publications, some CfPs, podcasts, blog posts and more.

Also, as this is our last newsletter before handing over to our friends at the Australian National University, we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your active involvement and contributions that made the work of the Secretariat easier, and most importantly, enjoyable!

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

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Request for newsletter input

Dear POLLEN friends, 
In the first week of January we will gather together all the updates that happened across the network in December. Due to the holidays we are providing a much longer window for receiving inputs (and will therefore publish the newsletter a little bit later than usual), so please forward any news you have by Tuesday, 5th of January to politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com  
Best wishes, 
POLLEN Secretariat

International Symposium – Stories from a Post-growth Future

15th RIHN International Symposium: “Transitioning Cultures of Everyday Food Consumption and Production: Stories from a Post-growth Future.

Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 – Saturday, 16th, 2021 

Language: English(Simultaneous translation to Japanese is available.) 

Pre-Registration: Register from here: https://forms.gle/VPfVVobMRcT7nCrs9 

Website: https://www.chikyu.ac.jp/rihn_e/events/symposiums/no15.html 

Venue: Online(Zoom, Slack) 

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November 2020 Updates

Dear POLLEN Members and Friends,

Once again we have a full newsletter with a node introduction from Peru, exciting new publications, a few CfPs and talks, blog posts, podcasts and vacancies! Take a look to see what happened across POLLEN in November.

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

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 Peru. Enjoy!
Short group bioA broad range of universities in Peru are discussing the intersection of ecological, social and political issues. Forming this POLLEN node based in the Catholic University of Peru with Deborah Delgado Pugley, Maritza Paredes, Jose Carlos Orihuela, Gerardo Damonte, Jose Carlos Silva, and Eduardo Dargent is a great opportunity to invite a critical reflection on how the Andean-Amazonian region is undergoing quick transformations. The group is only just forming and there are surely many others who we have not yet connected with – if you see this message, please do get in touch! (contact Deborah deborah.delgado@pucp.pe)

Together, we have cultivated student interest in the field of political ecology. A young and vibrant community works on the expansion of conservation and its paradoxes, indigenous people’s rights and decolonial approaches, commodities booms and bursts, and ecological economics.
 
Fun fact
 
Did you know that today you can find over 4,000 varieties of native potatoes grown in the Andean highlands of Peru? Selected over centuries for their taste, texture, shape and color, these potato varieties are very well adapted to the harsh conditions that prevail in the high Andes, at altitudes ranging from 3,500 to 4,200 meters. Although their production is hand-picked and extremely valuable, in the field, the value of a kilo of potatoes felt to less than S/0.20 (0.055 USD) in 2018 and its average prize nowadays is only 0.39 USD.
Let’s come together as a network to support the new secretariat!
 Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra, Australia are new secretariat hosts. In line with the spirit of inclusivity in POLLEN, the hosts have offered to take this on without having the funding to make it work in practice, but in the hope that the network would step in to collectively support the function financially. Let’s do this! A crowdfunding link has been created, see here.
POLLEN20: Watch videos of sessions
 An extensive archive of video recordings from the POLLEN2020 conference ‘Contested Natures: Power, Politics, Prefiguration’ is now available to all, including people who were not able to participate in the event.
You can watch all the keynote sessions on a YouTube playlist.
Watch playlist: POLLEN2020 keynote video

You can also see video from almost all sessions at the conference, by visiting the conference website and creating a username and password, free of charge. The homepage includes basic instructions on how to do this, and tips on navigating the site to find the session you want. Visit website here.
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!
Publications

Alba, Rossella, Silja Klepp, and Antje Bruns. “Environmental justice and the politics of climate change adaptation–the case of Venice.” Geographica Helvetica 75.4 (2020): 363-368. Available open access.

Alba Rossella, Kooy Michelle and Bruns Antje (2020) “Conflict, cooperation and experimentation: Analysing the politics of  urban water through Accra’s heterogenous water supply infrastructure” Environment and Planning E. Open Access

Anthias, P., & Hoffmann, K. (2020). The making of ethnic territories: Governmentality and counter-conducts. Geoforum

Atkins, E. (2020). Contesting hydropower in the Brazilian Amazon. Abingdon: Routledge.

Atkins, E. (2020). Tracing the ‘cloud’: Emergent political geographies of global data centresPolitical Geography. [Early View].

Castellanos-Navarrete, A., de Castro, F., and Pacheco, P., 2020. The impact of oil palm on rural livelihoods and tropical forest landscapes in Latin America. Journal of Rural Studies. DOI: 10.1016/j.rurstud.2020.10.047.

Dunlap A. 2020. Compost the Colony: Exploring Anarchist Decolonization. Tvergastein Journal

Dutta, Anwesha, and Harry Fischer. Forthcoming. The local governance of Covid-19: Disease prevention and social security in rural India. World Development.

Ehrnström-Fuentes, M. (2020). Organising in defence of life: The emergence and dynamics of a territorial movement in Southern Chile. Organization, 1350508420963871.

Erazo Acosta, E. (2020). Alli Kawsay: Epistemology and Political Practice in the Territories, a Possibility from the Andean Pluriverse for Ecological Justice and the Care of Mother Nature. The Palgrave Handbook of Climate Resilient Societies, 1-17.

García, Magdalena and Monica E. Mulrennan. “Tracking the History of Protected Areas in Chile: Territorialization Strategies and Shifting State Rationalities.” Journal of Latin American Geography, vol. 19 no. 4, 2020, p. 199-234. Project MUSE

Gills, B., & Morgan, J. (2020). Economics and climate emergency. Globalizations, 1-16.

Gönenç, D., & Durmaz, G. (2020). The politics of neoliberal transformation on the periphery: a critical comparison of Greece and Turkey. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 1-24.

Horowitz, Leah S. In press. Indigenous rights and the persistence of industrial capitalism: Capturing the law–ideology–power triple-helix. Progress in Human Geography. 

Martin, A., Armijos, M. T., Coolsaet, B., Dawson, N., AS Edwards, G., Few, R., … & White, C. S. (2020). Environmental Justice and Transformations to Sustainability. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development62(6), 19-30.

Massarella, K., Sallu, S. M., & Ensor, J. E. (2020). Reproducing injustice: Why recognition matters in conservation project evaluation. Global Environmental Change65, 102181.

Partelow, S., Schlüter, A., Armitage, D., Bavinck, M., Carlisle, K., Gruby, R., … & Sousa, L. (2020). Environmental governance theories: a review and application to coastal systems. Ecology and Society25(4).

Sanches, Camilo Torres. O mundo da vida no estuário amazônico: ecologia política da biodiversidade no arquipélogo de Belém do Pará – Brasil’ 01/05/2005 367 f. Doutorado em DESENVOLVIMENTO,AGRICULTURA E SOCIEDADE Instituição de Ensino: UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL RURAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO, SEROPÉDICA Biblioteca Depositária: CPDA. Trabalho anterior à Plataforma Sucupira

Zografos, C. and Robbins, P., 2020. Green Sacrifice Zones, or Why a Green New Deal Cannot Ignore the Cost Shifts of Just TransitionsOne Earth3(5), pp.543-546.

Special forum: Economics and Climate Emergency. All articles free access until Christmas. See on this link

Special issue: WFD + 20: Assessing the European Water Framework Directive Guest Editors: Timothy Moss, Gabrielle Bouleau, José Albiac and Lenka Slavíkova. See here.

BOOK: Has It Come to This? The Promises and Perils of Geoengineering on the Brink. Edited by J.P. Sapinski, Holly Jean Buck, Andreas Malm. Rutgers University Press. Discount codes: he following discount codes make it almost affordable: USA: “RFLR19”; Canada: “RUTGERS20”; Rest of the world: “RutFriendsFamily”
PUBLICATION: TERA journal issue 1 
 
The journal of Technology, Ecology, and Risk Assemblages (TERA) explores how speculations about the future affect societies in the present day. This first issue of TERA provides a curation of thinkers and practitioners who explore risk and resilience in different yet, interrelated ways. Starting point of all essays is an urge to develop new ways of thinking, as established frameworks fail to capture the complexity of risks in the present day. The essays included in this journal offer ways to approach the notion of risk in speculative ways, foster complex and interdisciplinary perspectives and critically question the ethics they imply.
 
TERA journal #1 includes contributions of renowned and emerging thinkers and artists: Ed Finn, Erik Bordeleau, Jacqui Frost, Nicola Privato, Groundhem Initiative, James R. Watson, Laura E. R. Peters, Jamon van den Hoek, Shannon Lambert, Isabel Cavenecia, Tinna Grétarsdóttir and Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinssonand Thomas Pogge in an interview by Krisha Kops.
 
The journal can be freely downloaded and read on www.tera.institute/journal Please consult the website for further activities of TERA institute, upcoming events and future journal editions.
CfPs, Conferences, Talks

CfP: Panel proposal to the BASA (British Association for South Asian Studies) Annual Conference 2021. Panel title – Environmental Governance in South Asia: Discursive Political Ecology of Contemporary Environmental Programmes. Read more here. Please submit your abstract (100-150 words) by Monday 30th November, 2pm UK time, to shubhi.sharma@ed.ac.uk
c.barnes@ed.ac.uksam.staddon@ed.ac.uk 
CfP: Digital Natures: Reworking Epistemologies, Ontologies and Politics Special Issue for the journal Digital Geography and Society. Abstracts deadline: 18th December 2020. Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to Andrés Luque-Ayala (a.e.luque@durham.ac.uk), Eric Nost (enost@uoguelph.ca) and Ruth Machen (ruth.machen@newcastle.ac.uk). Final paper submissions will be expected between May–July 2021.

Conference: DOPE 2021! February 18-20, 2021. The priority registration deadline for those attending the conference without presenting is February 5, 2021 (those only attending may still register after this date through February 20, 2021). Reminder: we will have a limited number of presentation slots available this year with priority for graduate students and junior scholars. If you are interested in being considered for a presentation opportunity, please follow this link for more informationReading Groups: Find out more about the DoPE 11 Reading Group and the Critical Restoration Reading Group. If you have questions please contact ukpewg@gmail.comNOTE: The DOPE Underrepresented Student Scholars Award Program will not be available for the 2021 conference seeing as registration fees are optional, but we hope to get it up and running for future conferences.

PhD Defence: Soutenance de thèse de Gaële Rouillé-Kielo, le 23 octobre 2020 à 14h (visioconférence). Available here

Recasting Water Worlds: part of the online e-flux Art&Education Classroom Series, focusing on notions around hydrocommons. It includes contributions by Dilip da Cunha, Carolina Caycedo, Macarena Gomez-Barris, Joyeeta Gupta, Vandana Shiva, Ursula Biemann, Astrida Neimanis, and is up and running via this link.

Le colloque: “Ce que l’Amérique latine fait à l’écologie politique” se tiendra en ligne les 9, 10 et 11 décembre, de 14h à 20h. Près de 40 chercheurs/ses y débattront de ce puissant courant de recherche, de son histoire, de ses perspectives, de ses difficultés et de ses enjeux. Le programme et les informations de connexion sont accessible sur le site: https://ecopol-al.sciencesconf.org/
Blog posts, articles documentaries, podcasts
 In Common Podcast: explores the connections between humans, their environment and each other through stories told by scholars and practitioners. In-depth interviews and methods webinars explore interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work on commons governance, social-ecological resilience, and sustainability. See here.

PERC in 2020. Review of PERC activities. By Lisa Vonk (November 24, 2020).

Dunlap A. 2020. This is What Energy Transition Looks Like: L’Amassada Eviction One Year Later. Verso Blog,

EXALT podcast – latest episodes:
Bonus episode: Year 1 Retrospective (and Outtakes)
Markus Kröger – What is the Best way to Push for Change?
Anja Nygren – How Does Extractivism Impact Frontier Families Over Generations?
Gutu Olana Wayessa – Why do people need to be consulted about big projects in their back yards?
Will LaFleur – What kind of connection do you have with your food?
From our friends at Undisciplined Environments

Not All That Is Green Becomes Gentrified By Ana T. Amorim-Maia (November 3, 2020)

Not a “wasted” enterprise: political ecologies of wastewater wetlands in Kolkata By Jenia Mukherjee and Amrita Sen Jenia (November 17, 2020)

Experiences of the Covid19 pandemic of small-scale farmers in the Draa Valley in the South-East of Morocco By Lisa Bossenbroek, Hind Ftouhi, Abir Benfars and Nawal Taaime (November 26, 2020)
From our friends at EXALT

Session Recordings From Doctoral Students Pre-Conference in October 2020 “(De)naturalising extractivism: investigating its social orders and resistances”. Watch here or here

EXALT READING: Alternative Futures: India Unshackled. Read the latest: Alternative Futures: India Unshackled”(edited by KJ Joy & Ashish Kothari) which brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, economically sustainable and equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious. 

NEWS PIECE ON THE FIRST YEAR OF THE EXALT PODCAST: “Popularising research on extractivism and its alternatives” Published on the University of Helsinki’s website
 
Vacancies and courses

M.Phil programme in Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin! Admissions now open. For further information and to apply for 2021/22, please visit this page

PhD: Revival of indigenous agroforestry systems (chakras) for crisis resilience in the Ecuadorian Amazon: opportunities and challenges of gender, ethnicity and forest livelihoods – fully funded at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (Coventry University). Supervisors: Dr. Nina Isabella Moeller, Prof. Michel Pimbert, Dr. Miho Taka. Deadline: 31 March 2021; start date Sept 2021. More info here.

PhD: Quantifying and modelling the impacts of COVID-19 in flagship conservation areas” (See hereSupervisor: Esteve Corbera Research group: LASEG

PhD: “Environmental degradation and COVID-19: A case study for planetary health” (See hereSupervisor: Federico Demaria and Cristina O’Callaghan-Gordo Research group: http://www.envjustice.org/

PhD: “Integrated climate modelling for instrument comparison and synergy” (See hereSupervisor: Jeroen van den Bergh (jeroen.bergh@uab.cat) Research group: Ecological Economics Barcelona

PhD: Landscape structure and Agri-environmental schemes: socio-ecological experiments on the potential of cross-border conservation” (See hereSupervisor: Sergio Villamayor-Tomas (Sergio.Villamayor@uab.cat) Research group: Ecological Economics Barcelona

PhD: “Alternative urban agriculture: scaling up or out?” (See hereSupervisors: Xavier Gabarrell (Xavier.Gabarrell@uab.cat) and Sergio Villamayor-Tomas (Sergio.Villamayor@uab.cat) Research groups: Ecological Economics Barcelona and Sostenipra

CfP: Digital Natures: Reworking Epistemologies, Ontologies and Politics Special Issue for the journal Digital Geography and Society

Abstracts deadline: 18th December 2020. Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to
Andrés Luque-Ayala (a.e.luque@durham.ac.uk), Eric Nost (enost@uoguelph.ca) and Ruth
Machen (ruth.machen@newcastle.ac.uk). Final paper submissions will be expected between
May–July 2021.

read full Call below

Enchanting Nature: Tentacular Storytelling in the Great African Kelp Forest

When: 30 November at 13.00-15.00 GMT

As part of its 2020 series of activities on the theme of Natures, the STEPS Centre will be hosting an online roundtable with My Octopus Teacher director Pippa Ehrlich and other members of the Sea Change Project, moderated by Amber Huff (Institute of Development Studies) and Adrian Nel (University of KwaZulu-Natal). More info and registration link are HERE.