Conference announcement: ‘The plurality and politics of environmental justice’, 26-27 June 2015, UEA

UEA’s Global Environmental Justice Group (of which I’m a member) and the Lancaster Environment Centre are jointly organizing a conference on 26-27 June 2015 in Norwich, UK on ‘The plurality and politics of environmental justice’. By plurality, we refer to the multiple meanings of justice in specific contexts. Yet if notions of justice are plural, the question arises about which notions – and whose notions – find traction in public discourse, and how some social actors are able to promote certain notions, whereas other actors and notions are not heard. Some justice conceptions may even become hegemonic in dominant discourses of national development or environmental management or institutionalized in governance arrangements and assemblages, thereby marginalizing others.

We invite paper proposals that examine the plurality and politics of justice in particular settings from empirical or normative perspectives. We aim to attract contributions covering a wide variety of empirical settings, including studies operating at the local, national and global level, originating from the Global North and South, and analyzing a diverse set of environmental and natural resource problems. In addition, we encourage submissions from all related academic disciplines, including but not confined to environmental studies, anthropology, political ecology, geography, science and technology studies, international relations, and international political economy.

Keynote speakers: Tor Arve Benjaminsen (Norwegian University of Life Sciences), Ryan Holified (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), David Schlosberg (The University of Sydney), Astrid Ulloa (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

Please send paper proposals (up to 500 words, including the author’s name, affiliation and email address) to a.arial@uea.ac.uk by December 19, 2014. We will inform authors about the acceptance of their paper proposals by January 9, 2015. Full papers are to be submitted by May 29, 2015 for circulation to the conference participants. For further information, see http://bit.ly/GEJG-Conference-Papers.

UEA’s Global Environmental Justice Group is also hosting a one day workshop for postgraduate research students on June 25, 2015: ‘Research methods in Global Environmental Justice’. This workshop will consider the opportunities and methodological challenges of using a GEJ perspective to conduct critical environment and sustainable development research. With interactive presentations by faculty and student led discussions, the workshop will provide a stimulating opportunity to engage with an exciting new analytical lens for examining place-based environmental struggles in relation to larger political and economic processes. To book a place and for other details, please email SSF.AdvancedTraining@uea.ac.uk.

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