The role of philanthropy in diverse humanitarian contexts continues to rise alongside massive inequality in wealth. Corollary to neoliberal state disinvestment, corporate-backed philanthropic investments shape human experiences of risks, opportunities, and access to resources. Ananya Roy (2016) underscores philanthropy’s temporal dynamic: funders mobilize resources in response to crises, under the premise that their interventions will be brief, non-structural, and “solve” the problems at hand. Roy contrasts this to a “temporality of endless wa...

This session aims to investigate elite capture (Dutta, 2009) as it relates to state policies and international agricultural development. The papers on this panel examine who benefits from government policies promoting agricultural production among rural populations in the global South and address the concern that such policies often favor wealthy and socially advantaged elites. A particular focus will be paid to how agricultural development slated as “pro-poor” often becomes co-opted by privileged groups of actors, doing little to address the r...

In this session, we will analyze different scales of power dynamics, ranging from grassroots organizations, to regional, national and global levels.  We will also examine different sectors, including environmental, social, and economic areas. Furthermore, we will discuss how change can be affected through various scales of influence, including community initiatives.  We are seeking papers that address these topics. The organizers’ papers will cover access to forest resources, economics of conservation biology, and youth education and empowermen...

How do we make other worlds possible? This session seeks diverse presentations that critically engage with the concept of potential in political ecology to approach this question. In recent years, scholars asking political ecological questions have turned to art, creativity and experimentation, particularly in response to the crises of the ‘Anthropocene’ (Braun 2015a; 2015b; Hawkins et al 2015; Tsing et. al. 2017). Experimentation, art and creativity find possibility where other forms of critique might find rote answers to old questions. Schola...

In Janelle Monae’s 2010 hit Many Moons, a surreal, futuristic android auction descends into a litany of personal and social ills. Tumbling from the mouth of Monae’s android alter ego Cindi Mayweather, “Plastic sweat, metal skin / Metallic tears, mannequin” grounds this lyrical moment in an embodiment of organic and inorganic life that disrupts and is itself subject to disruption. Plastic sweat is a visceral reminder of the manifestations of labor for beings whose humanity is subject to negotiation and denial, compelling the broader questions: W...

Critical pedagogies are rooted in an ethic of liberatory praxis and often seek to guide students through their own awareness and capacity to make change to unequal system of power. In the context of environmental education, this can mean that educators and their students explore the systematic and deeply institutionalized ways that environmental degradation operates across a myriad of contexts. In the year 2020, this topic carries with it particular urgency as we experience the deepening of the global climate crisis, the expansion of environmen...

This panel discussion seeks to explore plural environmental knowledges, epistemologies, and practices in uncertain times within the context of community-based conservation, agroecology, food sovereignty/justice, climate change, and development initiatives. We invite panelists to speak to the role of emancipatory frameworks in political ecology, particularly in thinking through the epistemological politics of place-making in multistakeholder initiatives and partnerships. 

We are interested in contributions that respond to one or more of the follo...

This session aims to investigate elite capture (Dutta, 2009) as it relates to state policies and international agricultural development. The papers on this panel examine who benefits from government policies promoting agricultural production among rural populations in the global South and address the concern that such policies often favor wealthy and socially advantaged elites. A particular focus will be paid to how agricultural development slated as “pro-poor” often becomes co-opted by privileged groups of actors, doing little to address the r...

In this practice-oriented workshop, we will explore two ways political ecologists can engage digital methods to understand, represent, and contextualize questions around state and corporate accountability and socio-environmental justice. Inspired by the notion of “public political ecology” (Osborne 2017), we assess the intersection of the digital as “object and subject of geographical inquiry” and in particular how an expansive approach to data practice might contribute to reformulating political visibilities (Leszczynski 2017, 1; J. Gray et al...

Political ecologists over the past twenty years have increasingly centralized the intersection of race and racism with ecological governance, green political economies, natural resource extraction, and the production of waste and disposability (Bonds and Inwood 2016, Moore et al 2003, Pulido 2017). Cutting-edge scholarship at DOPE frequently contends that nature is a site of power and struggle, and that securing nature through governance, ownership, and monetization is central to the racial ontologies and projects of white supremacy and settler...

There is growing interest in the entanglement of mind/mood-environment relations both inside and outside the academy. This phenomenon is emerging both in the name of peril  – whether as despair, fear, anxiety, grief, or trauma - and in the name of hope – whether as resistance, solidarity, intimacy, or attachment. These burgeoning mind-environment articulations take heterogenous forms: from activists in climate justice movements who mobilize hopelessness to resist cascading environmental crises to scientists who study bidirectional relationships...

In 2017, the UN Population Division estimated a total of nearly 260 million migrants internationally, comprising more than 3% of the global human population. Today, conflicts in Syria, Myanmar, and elsewhere force citizens across state borders as refugees; changing environmental patterns prompt nomadic herders’ movement across non-arable land; poverty and violence push Central Americans north; and students pursue higher education across international borders. Both forced and voluntary, violent and peaceful, the unprecedented human flow across b...

The narrative of just transitions has gained mainstream attention (once again) as the climate  crisis becomes increasingly central to political discourse. For some, it represents a new existential threat to modern society, while for others it represents an intensification of long-standing patterns of violent dispossession and nature-making that have been core features of racial capitalism and colonialism for hundreds of years (Bonds & Inwood, 2016; Dorries, Hugill, & Tomiak, 2019; Robinson, 1987, 2005; Wolfe, 2006).

Proposals and platfo...

From kindergarten through their senior year, public school students are exposed to the unspoken complexities and power dynamics of the food system. This session seeks to explore the political ecology of food, school gardens, and food education through a decolonial pedagogy. School gardens can serve as mechanisms of oppression; however, this session works to decolonize both food education and the broader food system. 

We are accepting work that ranges from topic on large government entities’ impact on public education (such as the USDA and D...

Often seen as diametric opposites, digital technologies and the natural world have received limited examination together in digital geographies and political ecology. Though as recent events as diverse as President Trump's Hurricane Dorian #sharpiegate, the September 20th #climatestrike, and Greta Thunberg's viral North Atlantic journey have documented, there is extensive overlap between the digital and the environmental, necessitating increased critical scholarship between the two.

The places for our engagement are myriad. Although topics such...

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