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We have received a large number of promising stream proposals. In addition, below are listed a number of streams that can be further explored. If you plan to submit a session proposal that is of relevance to one or more of these streams, please indicate this in your session abstract and/or keywords.
Coloniality, race and indigeneity
Within this stream, we invite scholars, artists, filmmakers and activists to explore the concepts of coloniality, race and indigeneity within Environmental Humanities. The concept environment itself presupposes a certain human relation to land, nature or landscape. What power relations are at play in EH, and what interpretations of race, coloniality and indigeneity have been formulated in connection to the environment, and what interpretations need still to be formulated?
Political ecology: politicise the debate on environments
We invite contributions analysing socio-ecological systems through conflicts, power relations and uneven distribution of environmental costs and benefits. Your submission should 1) describe the present-day ecological crisis from political-economic, cultural and epistemological perspectives; 2) analyse the historical processes that have led to the current crisis and how different social groups have been influenced by environmental problems in different geo-historical contexts; 3) develop new and imaginative ways to conceptualize nature-society relationships in different geopolitical, historical and cultural contexts in order to contribute to the design of a more inclusive and socially just environmental policy.
Environmental justice: Explorations into environmental injustice and community activism
The streams will explore the concept of ‘environmental justice’ and reveal why, alongside the climate crisis, it is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Contributions are invited for these three main areas: 1) the calls for environmental equity and justice within the broader framework of environmental sustainability and climate justice; 2) how ecological hazards and climate disasters have the harshest impacts on people of colour, native tribes and those on low incomes; 3) how the search for a just and sustainable environment has merged civil rights and environmentalism.
Migration: moving across spaces and moving across the humanities
This stream aims to gather contributions that go beyond and trespass national boundaries and that connect disciplines within the humanities. Through the lens of environment and migration, submissions can 1) look at work, nature, and bodies altogether; 2) inflect the categories of race and ethnicity in relations of both the environmental risks and the production of the space; 3) think of multispecies communities beyond the framework of invasive species; 4) highlight the mutual constitution of communities and natures; 5) reflect on identity formations and memorialization processes.
Climate activism: objectives, strategies, practices, conditions
This stream invites contributions that showcase examples of climate and/or environmental activism together with methods and envisaged goals. The stream would like to portray a diversity of movements and to discuss commonalities, differences, and divergences between them. The stream also explores the relationship between activism and research, e.g. how researchers become activists (and vice versa), how researchers are intimidated to speak out about the climate crisis, and how concerns about the climate and the environment give rise to different political responses with regards to other popular movements, societal struggles, and governmental apparatuses through which to act.
Academic travelling & carbon emissions
Questions about carbon emissions have become an increasingly pressing topic as they have implications for almost every aspect of our lives. Travelling by airplane can for academics easily be the single largest category of emission. Flying has subsequently moved from being a prestigious to a precarious activity. In academia, travelling by airplane can be seen as a continuation of earlier traditions of visiting colleagues and of establishing scholarly networks. In environmental humanities, air travel also awakens uncomfortable questions about how our research contributes to the unfolding of ecological catastrophes. This stream seeks to unpack and explore tricky issues at the nexus of academic travelling and the production and dissemination of academic knowledge.
Ecofeminism after nature
Environmental feminisms of today come in a variety of shapes and forms. Much of that diversity comes thanks to critical engagements with early ecofeminism. Such engagements changed ecofeminism. For instance, encounters with cyborg critique, queer theory, indigenous studies, new materialism, and environmental justice movements forever changed ecofeminist outlooks. This is a stream proposal aimed to explore pasts and futures of ecofeminism, in its entanglements with other environmental feminisms and critical trajectories of thought.