POLLEN Newsletter: October

Dear POLLEN friends! We are happy to send out our latest newsletter with updates from our members and nodes. You can read the simple text-version of the newsletter below, or click on the download button to access the PDF that includes some media inputs too.

October 2019 Updates

A warm welcome from the new Secretariat!

Dear Pollen Members and Friends,
As of October 2019, the Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) at the University of Copenhagen has assumed the role of the POLLEN Secretariat. The Secretariat consists of Ruth PintoClare LewisCharlotte MaybomRebecca Leigh RuttKasper HoffmanMattias Borg RasmussenChristian Pilegaard HansenJens Friis Lund, and Péter József Bori. This month we are trying out a new format for the newsletter, that we hope will make it more interactive and enjoyable to read (if hidden, unblock all media features in your e-mail and make the newsletter more readable through the link in the top of your e-mail). Below you will find a few practical updates regarding the website, followed by the usual list of new publications and other updates. We welcome any feedback and/or recommendations!

We look forward to cooperating with you!
Best wishes,
POLLEN Secretariat         

Note on posting articles on website

In order to make the newsfeed on the POLLEN website easier to read, we encourage the use of the ‘MORE’ function. This allows long articles to show in a collapsed format, with a ‘Read more’ button that expands the full-length article. Once you have entered the text, put your cursor where you would like the preview to end, and add a block named ‘MORE’.

Documentaries and podcasts

We have added a page to the website that contains a list of documentaries and podcasts in the field of Political Ecology. It is a constantly growing list and we would appreciate input to make it ever more comprehensive. If you have any suggestions, send an e-mail to: politicalecologynetwork@gmail.com

Building a solidarity fund for making POLLEN events more accessible

The POLLEN 2020 organizing group is dedicated to finding ways of making network events more accessible in a variety of ways. We are experimenting with ways of facilitating remote participation and are also working out ways to allow nodes and individuals to contribute to a solidarity purse for assisting people who want to participate in the conference but lack access to organisational or project funding. While we do not anticipate that the network will be able to fund everyone in this situation who might wish to come to the 2020 conference, we hope to establish practices of mutual support that can be sustained and built upon as POLLEN grows.

In the coming weeks, there will be a link to a non-for-profit crowdfunding platform on the conference web site that can accept individual donations. We will also begin to list announcements of ‘travel awards’ of varying amounts from different groups and projects that have varying requirements and rules around how funds are spent. If you or a group, department or project you are part of would like to contribute to the general solidarity fund or explore the idea supporting someone through an individual travel award, please get in touch with the POLLEN20 organizing group at pollen@sussex.ac.uk.

Publications

Bouleau G., 2019, Politicization of Ecological Issues: From Environmental Forms to Environmental Motives. 200 pages. London, John Wiley & Sons.

Connolly, C. 2019. Urban political ecologies of heritage: Integrating cultural and natural landscapes in Penang, Malaysia. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

Dunlap, A., & Jakobsen, J. (2019). The Violent Technologies of Extraction: Political ecology, critical agrarian studies and the capitalist worldeater (1st ed.).

Dunlap, Alexander and Sullivan, Sian. (2019) A Faultline in Neoliberal Environmental Governance Scholarship? Or, Why Accumulation-by-Alienation Matters. Envrionment and Planning E: Nature and Space Online First.

Koot, S. and Fletcher, R. (2019). Popular Philanthrocapitalism? The Potential and Pitfalls of Online Empowerment in ‘Free’ Nature 2.0 Initiatives. Environmental Communication

Koot, S., Ingram, V. and Bijsterbosch, M. (2019). State paternalism and institutional degradation at Treesleeper Eco-camp: Community-based tourism and the loss of sovereignty among Bushmen in Namibia. Development Southern Africa

Pascoe, S., Dressler, W. and Minnegal, M., 2019. Storytelling climate change– Causality and temporality in the REDD+ regime in Papua New Guinea. Geoforum.

Setyowati, Abidah. (2019). Making Territory and Renegotiating Citizenship in Payment for Ecosystem Services in Indonesia. Development and Change (a special issue “Beyond Market Logics: Payment for Ecosystem Services as Alternative Development Practices in the Global South”)

Siamanta, Z. Christina and Dunlap, Alexander. (2019) ‘Accumulation by Wind Energy’: Wind energy Development as a Capitalist Trojan Horse in Crete, Greece and Oaxaca, Mexico. ACME 18 (4): 925-955.

Sultana, F. and Loftus, A. eds., 2019. Water Politics: Governance, Justice and the Right to Water. Routledge. Receive 20% discount by using the discount code FLR40

Blog Posts and Interviews

Dunlap, Alexander (2019) “Preliminary comments on the Green New Deal Part I: Congressional Resolution,” Terra Nullius: Repossessing the Existent

Dunlap, Alexander and Aguilar-Støen, Mariel. (2019) “Wind Energy, Conflict and Resistance,” an interview with Alexander Dunlap by Mariel Aguilar-Støen, Colloquium, available here. 

Hennings, Anne. (2019) Seeing plantations as complex and contested spaces

Koot, S. (2019) Postcolonial paternalism in tourism and development among the Bushmen of southern Africa

Conferences and Calls for Papers

POLLEN 2020– Extended deadline for Session Proposal submission: Due to demand, the deadline for submission of proposals for organized sessions for The Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN20), Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration, has been extended to Friday, 22 November 2019. POLLEN20 will be held in Brighton, UK from 24-26 June 2020. Details of the conference theme and instructions for submitting proposals are available of the conference web site. Anyone can organise a session for the conference, and ‘unique’ formats are encouraged! If you have a question about an idea or proposal for a session, workshop, skill-share or discussion, exhibition or other activity along these lines, or if you would like help to circulate a call for participants in a session you would like to propose, simply get in touch with the organizing group by email at pollen@sussex.ac.uk. We are also happy to answer any questions about the conference, themes or how the POLLEN network works.

CFP: Anthropology and Geography: Dialogues Past, Present and Future Conference, 4-7 June 2020, British Museum, Clore Centre, SOAS, Senate House and Royal Geographical Society. Panel Session: Watershed Ethnography Deadline 8 January

Call for Round Table Participants: Integrating Political Ecology Approaches: Origins, Synergies, Next Steps (RAI/RGS Joint Conference, June 4-7, 2020). 4-6 table participants. Session based on the abstract (contacts below) and participants who are able to comment on aspects related to their own work and/or field more broadly are encouraged. Deadline 8 January. Contact co-convenors Kate Parizeau (kparizea@uoguelph.ca) and Elizabeth Finnish (efinnis@uoguelph.ca). Submit proposals here.

CFP: 26th European Conference on South Asian Studies (Vienna, 29 July – 1 August, 2020). Panel: After displacement: (Re)Settlements, People, Policies and Outcomes. Read the panel abstract and submit a proposal here.

CFP: Indigenous and Afrodescendant Movements and Organisations in Latin America. Resisting, Performing and Re-purposing Dominant Categories. Read the full call here.

CFP: Bridge to the Doctorate program: The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia is accepting applications to join the first cohort of Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows for enrolment in Fall 2020. The School seeks to support post- baccalaureate students from groups that are underrepresented in their disciplines and who have not had sufficient training and research experiences to prepare them for admission to doctoral programs. DEADLINE: 1 March 2020. Link here.

Call for Panels: Development Days 2020: Inequality Revisited: In Search of Novel Perspectives on an Enduring Problem. Organised by the Finnish Society for Development Research. 26-28 February, 2020. House of Science and Letters Helsinki, Finland.

CFP: AAG 2020 Denver: “Complicating Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation”. Contact Dr Jonas Hein at Hein@geographie.uni-kiel.de

CFP: Comparative perspective(s) on ontological conflicts in extractivism, conservation and development” at POLLEN 2020. Contact Dr Jonas Hein at Hein@geographie.uni-kiel.de

Conference: Reminder: CfC for 2020 international workshop on Environmental Justice “Bridging research, policy and activism for environmental justice in times of crises

Other news

Undisciplined Environments

On the 1st October Undisciplined Environments came to life – a platform for political ecology research and activism, a novel effort by the ENTITLE Collective in collaboration with the WEGO (Well-being, Ecology, Gender and Community) project. Read the full launch statement here. You can read their latest posts here:

Undisciplining Political Ecology: A Minifesto, by Marco Armiero, Stefania Barca and Irina Velicu.
The Case for Convivial Conservation, by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher On Refusal, Hope and the Politics of Making Meaning, by Wendy Harcourt Defending limits is not Malthusian, by Giorgos Kallis

A People’s Climate Plan for New York?, by Climate Action Lab

Online survey: Life in Conservation
Do you work, study, or do research in conservation? The Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science would like to learn about your #LifeInConservation, and the challenges and rewards you face, through this 8-minute online survey available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Khmer. Take the survey here (at the end you can view some of your results compared to others who have taken the survey).

New lecture in Graz

Mattias Kowasch started a lecture this semester (2019-20) titled ‘Integrative Geography: Political Ecology”. The lecture is part of the master of education in geography and economics, jointly at University College of Teacher Education Styria and University of Graz (Austria).

Political Ecology Conference in Bangkok

The ‘Political Ecology in Asia: Plural Knowledge and Contested Development in a More-Than-Human World’ Conference was held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok on 10 and 11 October 2019. The Conference was organised by the Center for Social Development Studies together with French Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC), French Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP), IRN-SustainAsia, Patrimoines Locaux, Environnement et Mondialisation (PALOC), and Political Ecology Network (POLLEN), with the support of Chula Global Network (CGN), The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), French Embassy in Bangkok, and Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. Videos of keynotes and most panels have since been uploaded here.

POLLEN20 – Extended deadline for Session Proposal submission – 22 November

The Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN20)
Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration
Brighton, United Kingdom
24-26 June 2020

Extended deadline – Friday, 22 November 2019

We wish to announce that, due to demand, the deadline for submission of proposals for organized sessions for The Third Biennial Conference of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN20), Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration, has been extended to Friday, 22 November 2019.

The conference theme: Contested Natures: Power, Possibility, Prefiguration

Contestation is at the heart of much research and doing in political ecology. Even the very idea of ‘nature’ is contested, and this contestation is reflected in important struggles about human-nature relationships, how and by whom nature should be used, who should control it, how it should be valued and who should benefit from it. The 2020 conference uses this idea of ‘contested natures’ as a back-drop to ask questions about ‘power, possibility and prefiguration’ in relation to multiple and overlapping crises of our times.

In addition to exploring issues and questions around main themes of social and environmental change; the production of capitalist or neoliberal natures; feminist, queer and radical ecologies and ‘future natures’, this conference aims to delve deeply into questions of politics and of power in environmental conflicts and the distribution of resources. What are possibilities and hazards that emerge in times of ecological and social crises? How do we live the change we want to see in the world, and how does change happen? How do different visions and experiences of ‘nature’ shape claims to knowledge, struggles around resources and ultimately struggles for justice? What political ecologies and future natures are emerging, or might be just on the horizon?

About the POLLEN conference

The POLLEN conference is a space for provocation and critique, both across academic disciplines and orientations, but also from outside of academia. Collaboration between academics and activists, and academic-activists or activist-academics, will therefore play an important role at the conference. How can we build alliances and work together, challenging alleged monopolies of knowledge and flawed notions of ‘the objective expert’? How can we share skills and understandings? The conference thus aims to value different kinds of knowledges – embodied, decolonised and experiential, for instance – and explore diverse questions through novel concepts, lenses, meanings, values and practices; and find inspiration in emerging debates and new alliances.

This goes hand in hand with a commitment to engage with ideas and philosophies from feminist, queer, poststructuralist, Marxist, (eco)anarchist and other approaches, in a friendly and open atmosphere that allows for constructive debate, participation and collegiality. We invite researchers, working groups, movements, collectives, community organisers, journalists, artists, activists, campaigners and individuals to submit ideas, proposals or impulses for sessions and contributions in whatever formats you can imagine. Some suggested formats are discussed on the conference web site under the heading ‘Call for Session Proposals’. We particularly encourage sessions that bring together people working inside and outside academia to learn together, and sessions that promote north-south dialogue.

Questions and getting involved

Getting involved in the conference is easy. If you or a group you are part of has a question about an idea or proposal for an info session, workshop, skill-share or discussion, exhibition or other activity along these or related lines, or if you would like to circulate a call for participants in a session you would like to propose, simply get in touch with the organizing group by email at pollen@sussex.ac.uk. We are also happy to answer any questions about the conference, themes, the POLLEN network or political ecology in general. Some answers might already be available on the conference web site (https://pollen2020.wordpress.com/) or the web site of the Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) (https://politicalecologynetwork.org/).