Upcoming events this week in the Emotional Political Ecology Symposium:

Kia Ora koutou, hello to all of you! 

Thanks to all our panelists in the first day’s live session. We had a great discussion about how we can know emotions in our research. The recording is now up on the Panel 1 webpage. 

We have three more live events to finish up the symposium this week. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday 7 September, Live session for Panel 2: Care, commoning and restoration

(Wednesday 10am UTC, 6am NY, 11am Edinburgh, 3:30pm Bengaluru, 5pm Jakarta, 8pm Canberra, 10pm Auckland) 

Presenters: Maureen W. Kinyanjui, University of Edinburgh, UK Sony RK, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore Karen Kinslow, University of Kentucky, Lexington Discussant: Sango Mahanty Chair: Sopheak Chann

Zoom lnk: https://massey.zoom.us/s/3350407554

Thursday 8 September: Postgrad Events!

8am UTC: Postgrad Workshop and Discussion, followed by 930am UTC postgrad discussion 

(Starting at 8AM UTC, 8PM Auckland, 10am Amsterdam, 6PM Canberra, 3PM Jakarta)

Calling all postgrads – Please join us! First, Professor Sango Mahanty and Dr. Lisa Trogisch will host an interactive workshop about empathy and other emotions in relation to research methodology. Come ready to share your reflections and challenges. This will be followed by an informal post-grad discussion, where postgrad researchers from different disciplines and countries can meet each other and discuss the multidimensional role of emotions in political ecology and socio-ecological research.

Zoom lnk: https://massey.zoom.us/s/3350407554

Friday 9 September: Live session for Panel 3: Emotional Political Ecology in Ruptured and Uncertain Worlds

(Friday 10am UTC, 6am NY, 11am Edinburgh, 3:30pm Bengaluru, 5pm Jakarta, 8pm Canberra, 10pm Auckland) 

Presenters: Anna Sturman and Blanche Verlie, University of Sydney, Noémi Gonda, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; and Andrea J. Nightingale,

University of Oslo, Sango Mahanty, Australian National University; and Sopheak Chann, Royal University of Phnom Penh; Discussant: Laura McKay; Chair: Alice Beban

Zoom link: https://massey.zoom.us/s/3350407554

All pre-recorded panel presentations are also open for viewing and discussion! All links are on our symposium website: https://perc.ac.nz/wordpress/emotional-ecologies/ 

Best wishes,


On behalf of the symposium convenors (Alice Beban from Massey University, New Zealand; Sango Mahanty from ANU, Australia; Sopheak Chann from Royal University of Phnom Penh; Cambodia). This event is part of the POLLEN 22 series of online workshops.  

All are welcome – this event is free and open to all (no registration required to attend).

CfP for SfAA 2022: The Transformative Potential of Teaching the Commons

Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting
Salt Lake City, March 22-26th (virtual participation is possible)

We (Jessie Fly, Eckerd College and Jess Ham, Oxford College at Emory) are hoping to assemble a panel on teaching the commons for the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting to be held in Salt Lake City March 22-26th (description below). We will approach the subject from the perspective of the undergraduate classroom but are open to examples from any level of education. In an effort to encourage an interactive panel, we envision having five 5-10 minute presentations, each of which will end with a question for discussion.

If interested, please email us at flyjk@eckerd.edu and jessica.ham@emory.edu with a brief description of your ideas by 22 October 2021. We look forward to hearing from you!

Panel abstract

From injunctions to share and cooperate in preschool to extreme resistance to group projects, a narrow view of education as a zero-sum pathway to wealth has emerged and aggregates in higher education. Along the way, we have lost our way in accepting responsibility for the other members of our planet, both now and in the future, and perpetuate a misunderstanding of what it means to sacrifice for the good of all. And perhaps most damaging, this vision of what education serves, rather than what education can help us envision, has cultivated a self-serving resistance to imagining sociopolitical organization outside of the status quo. We believe this is a powerful point of engagement for the “revolutionary potential of the social sciences,” specifically anthropologists, human geographers, political ecologists and kindred social scientists putting theory into practice in the classroom. Serge Latouche calls on us to “decolonize imaginaries” and one powerful way to do this is to teach “the commons” or “commoning.” As well-studied by the social science community, the commons invites us to (re)-consider how we meet needs through resource production and consumption while simultaneously caring for human and non-human kin. This panel will bring together teachers from around the world to share and discuss strategies for helping students reimagine their interactions with their worlds by helping them tone the muscle of reimagination in the collective space of a classroom.