Focali Annual Meeting and 10-year Anniversary, 5-6 November

The Focali (the Forest, Climate, and Livelihood Research Network based in Sweden) Annual Meeting and 10-year Anniversary 5-(6)th of November is approaching. Please see the invitation and draft outline for the event here.

Here’s how you can contribute:

  • Submit a theme/draft title for a speadtalk about your research/work to the thematic sessions (approx. 5 min presentation). 
    The theme of the presentation should be within the broad thematic area of Focali: Forest/landscapes, climate & livelihoods. The aim is to give participants a chance to get to know the focus/concerns/visions of many members and partners in these sessions prior to the discussion session and mingle time.
  • Suggest a theme/questions for the World Café discussion tables – members and partners can host discussion tables on different themes during this interactive exercise where participants can select tables in their interest. The aim with this session is to provide a space for deeper interactions between researchers and actors on different Focali relevant themes.  
  • Ideas for the 10-year anniversary celebrations during/after the dinner? Anything you can contribute with? Let us know!
  • Submit your speadtalk/theme/ideas to maria.olund@gu.se 
    Deadline submissionsOctober 15
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POLLEN 20 – Calling all PhD students and early career researchers: please contribute ideas!

The Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) 
Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration
24 – 26 June 2020
Brighton, UK
#POLLEN20

As part of the upcoming Third Biennial conference of the Political Ecology Network in Brighton from 24-26 June 2020, a working group made up of postgraduate researchers at the University of Sussex and Brighton University are organizing a special track for PhD and early career researchers within the conference.

The goal of this special track two-fold. First, we aim to  create a space within the conference organized for and by junior researchers and activists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds who are focused, working on or practicing any aspects of political ecology. Second, we aim to ‘unconference’ POLLEN 20 by introducing ‘productively disruptive’ dynamics for the benefit of all attendees and participants.

At this time, we invite proposals and ideas from PhD and early career researchers for both formal and not-so-formal conference activities. These can involve things like field trips, theatre and role plays, visual arts, masterclasses or dynamic interventions within and around the conference. If you have an idea that you would like to discuss in advance of submission, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Please submit any ideas and proposals of 300-500 words by the 14th October 2019  to pollen.phd@gmail.com. Please include a description of your ideas or proposed activities and how you think these will benefit postgraduate researchers and the broader POLLEN network. 

News: updates from Political Ecology Research Centre, Massey University, NZ

POLLEN initiators Bram Buscher and Rob Fletcher (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) will be traveling to New Zealand in early February 2018 with colleagues from Sociology of Development and Change Group (SADE).  They will visit Massey University’s PERC (Political Ecology Research Centre) members and researchers from the School of People Environment and Planning (SPEP).  A workshop will be held at New Zealand’s National Park and the group will also visit Massey University’s Auckland and Palmerston North campuses.  The visit is intended to stimulate existing collaborations between PERC, SPEP and SADE and to bring these to the next level.  

PERC is also pleased to announce an open access book publishing contract with Athabasca University Press for Plastic Legacies: Persistence, Pollution, and Politics.  This collection edited by Trisia Farrelly, Sy Taffel, and Ian Shaw, developed out of PERC’s online conference held last year: The Lives and Afterlives of Plastic. The unifying theme of the edited collection is the material politics of plastic. Plastic Legacies considers how an interdisciplinary approach drawing upon the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural, and life sciences can illustrate the problems and offer potential solutions to the global plastics crisis. 

PERC will soon be announcing their next annual online conference, Feral:
In the twenty-first century, globalisation has become a truism, rather than a challenge or opportunity. People, money, resources, culture and power all flow around the world in ever increasingly complex systems and assemblages. Yet even as apparently almost all aspects of life become subject to global circulation, our ways of thinking about natural or non-human worlds remain stubbornly resistant to concepts of hybridity and exchange. Nature is so often imagined to have a proper place, arrangement or constitution: certain species are desirable and must be saved, whereas the flourishing of others (from algae to jellyfish to rats) can be taken as a sign of imbalance or degradation. In order to re-examine how we conceive and value different forms of nature or the non-human, this event calls on participants to take up the feral as a way to explore the possibilities and problems of the human relation to the non-human world.  The idea of the feral gestures towards forms of non-human life that have spurned human control or expectations: ‘bad’ forms of wilderness that are out of place and upset conventional thinking about the desirable or proper arrangement of nature. From biosecurity to so-called invasive species, ‘dead zones’ to re-wilding, urban pests to the idea of the feral calls on us to interrogate our assumptions about how, what, where and why nature ought to be, how we draw those lines and distinctions and how they speak to wider structures of power and privilege.

The Feral conference will be online late in the year.   Please see our website for updates: http://perc.ac.nz/wordpress/.

Announcing three Degrowth International Conferences in 2018

The Support Group of the International Degrowth Conferences is happy to announce three degrowth events for 2018. After the conferences in Paris (2008), Barcelona (2010), Venice and Montreal (2012), Leipzig (2014) and Budapest (2016), in 2018 there will be:

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