Call for Proposals: Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium

Posted on September 18, 2016

Dimitris Stevis shared the following call for proposals on ourmailing list.

Symposium, 24-25 April 2017, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

Proposal deadline: November 1, 2016

Environmental justice is a central component of sustainability politics
during the Anthropocene – the current geological age when human activity is
the dominant influence on climate and environment. Every aspect of
sustainability politics requires a close analysis of its equity
implications, and environmental justice provides us with the tools to
explore the ways in which we define and investigate the Anthropocene and
its multifaceted impacts. From its origins as a US movement against
environmental racism and other inequities in the early 1980s the scope of
environmental justice, as a field of research and as a movement, has
broadened enormously as shown in the Environmental Justice Atlas and
evidenced by many other initiatives around the world. Global EJ activism
and research, in fact, is moving beyond demanding equity in the
distribution of environmental harms and benefits to a call for the
structural transformation of the economy and our relationship with nature
as a means to address social, political, economic and environmental crises.

Environmental Justice CSU, the organizer of this symposium, is a global
challenges research team sponsored by the School of Global Environmental
Sustainability. Like its sponsor, EJ CSU is multidisciplinary and
multiscalar and committed to rigorous research and public engagement.

This symposium aims to bring together academics, independent researchers,
community and movement activists, and regulatory and policy practitioners
from across disciplines, research areas, perspectives, and different
countries. Our overarching goal is to build on several decades of EJ
research and practice to address the seemingly intractable environmental
and ecological problems of this unfolding era. How can we explore EJ
amongst humans and between nature and humans, within and across
generations, in an age when humans dominate the landscape? How can we
better understand collective human dominance without obscuring continuing
power differentials and inequities within and between human societies? What
institutional and governance innovations can we adopt to address existing
challenges and to promote just transitions and futures?


In recent years, EJ research has enriched the study of an array of
environmental issues.  Increasingly, scholars and practitioners of EJ are
at the forefront of recognizing that individual environmental issues are
inexorably linked. What do we know about EJ with respect to particular
environmental issues? In what ways can EJ help us understand dynamics and
relations across issue areas and disciplines? How can we infuse
transdisciplinary methods more fully into the EJ research agenda? As a
citizen science, how can EJ integrate collaborative methods that recognize
the role of social movements as creators of knowledge and engage in
methodologies that entail a more symmetrical approach to research?


Environmental justice research has also found its way into the study of
green transitions and their impact on work and workplaces and across value
chains and production networks.  Do the challenges of the Anthropocene
justify any green initiative, at the expense of workers and communities, or
do the challenges of the era require more just and democratic governance?
How should unions, communities and those most vulnerable respond in the
absence of a policy of just transition? How can we ensure that the
workplaces and the communities engendered by green transitions are both
green and just?  How and at what scale should we confront this challenge?
In what ways can insights from related investigations, such as those of
rights, democracy and governance enrich our understanding of just


Environmental justice can also inform how production and consumption can be
reorganized to address the challenges of the Anthropocene in a
socio-ecologically just manner. The transformative vision of EJ can be
productively informed by indigenous cosmovisions and decolonial
scholarship, as well as heterodox approaches such as ecological economics.
Is growth an inexorable necessity for achieving social and environmental
justice or should we engage more deeply alternative visions of political
economy, political ecology and governance? How can we better communicate
about just futures with students and practitioners with diverse backgrounds
and priorities? What are some of the visions, policy proposals and
transformative remedies emerging from those struggling for EJ that can help
reshape the political-economic structure behind injustices?

Submission Process and Logistics:

We are inviting proposals for papers and sessions (self- organized panels
or roundtables) that explore these and other aspects of EJ from academics,
independent researchers, community and movement activists, and regulatory
and policy practitioners. We welcome proposals that highlight the joint
environmental and social justice implications for the most vulnerable
communities as well as non-human species and ecosystems.

The symposium will be a two-day event during which a limited number of
presenters will be able to interact and engage in meaningful dialogue
amongst themselves and with a diverse and informed audience. It will be
held 24-25 April 2017, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
(further venue and organizational details will follow). The symposium does
not require a registration fee. We envision that papers will lead to
special issues of journals and edited volumes.

To submit a paper proposal, send a 300-word abstract, a short biographical
note, and full contact information.To submit a session (panel/roundtable)
proposal please provide a 300-word session abstract as well as abstracts
from and information about each presenter. Panels are expected to include
3-4 presenters and roundtables 4-5 presenters.Deadline for both is November
1st, 2016.For further information and to submit a proposal please send a
message to

Proposal Submission: November 1, 2016
Confirmation of Acceptance: November 18, 2016
Attendance Confirmation: December 16, 2016
Paper Submission: April 3, 2017
Symposium: April 24-25, 2017
Committed Sponsors:School of Global Environmental Sustainability, CSU
Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change
Acknowl-EJEnvJusticeFuture EarthOffice of the Vice President for Research,
CSUFor EJ CSU:Neil Grigg, Civil & Environmental EngineeringMelinda Laituri,
Ecosystem Science and SustainabilitySheryl Magzamen, Environmental Health
and Radiological SciencesStephanie A. Malin, SociologyStacia S. Ryder,
SociologyDimitris Stevis, Political Science

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