DOPE 2019

Call for Organized Sessions, Individual Paper Abstracts, and Poster Abstracts

Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference

February 21 – 23, 2019

University of Kentucky | Lexington, Kentucky, USA


The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group (PEWG) invites you to participate in the Ninth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference (DOPE) to be held February 21-23, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. DOPE has become a key international forum for students and faculty at all stages of their careers, as well as activists and grassroots community organizations, fostering critical interdisciplinary discussion of urgent topics including: rural social movements; food systems; complexity in ecological and social systems; decolonization, knowledge, and difference; science and technology studies; neoliberal natures and climate justice; and feminist political ecologies, among many others. Over 300 scholars, activists, and environmental professionals attended DOPE 2018 representing dozens of disciplines and academic institutions from across the world.


We encourage you to contribute to the intellectual vitality and continued success of the conference by organizing a session for DOPE 2019. The conference is open to any topical, theoretical, or methodological framework that brings together scholarship on the ecological dimensions of political, social, and economic research, as well as the social aspects of natural sciences.


This year’s featured speakers include:


Keynote Speaker   

Dr. Carolyn Finney (Independent Scholar) 

Welcome Address  

Dr. Priscilla McCutcheon (University of Kentucky, Geography)

Plenary Panel 

Dr. LaToya Eaves (Middle Tennessee State University, Global Studies and Human Geography)
Hanna Garth (University of California San Diego, Anthropology)
Rachel Watkins (American University, Anthropology)

Plenary Panel Moderator

Dr. Rosalind Harris (University of Kentucky, Community & Leadership Development)


Call for Organized Sessions


The DOPE Organizers strongly encourage participants to organize their own sessions or to join sessions organized by other participants rather than submit individual ‘orphan’ papers. To organize your own session, please:


  1. Draft a Call for Papers (CFP). For an idea of the themes and structure of past DOPE Conference sessions, we suggest consulting the program from last year’s conference.

  2. Email your CFP to the DOPE Organizers at We will announce it on our social media and website. You should also distribute it among your colleagues and to relevant listservs.

  3. Conference registration will open in early November 2018. All participants in your session must have registered and paid by the extended registration deadline (January 5, 2019). As such, when drafting your CFP, we suggest that you establish a session deadline around December 28 or earlier for prospective participants.

  4. After you have submitted your CFP, we will send you a Google Form that you will need to complete. This will confirm the final composition of your panel, including participants’ names, institutions, abstracts (300-word limit), titles, keywords, discussants, organizers, chairs, and other relevant information. We will ask that you be as detailed as possible and send this information by the extended registration deadline (January 5, 2019).


Guidelines and Suggestions for Session Organizers


  • When planning, remember that each session is 100 minutes long, and we strictly limit organizers to two session slots.

  • Each DOPE participant may present in one session and also serve as a discussant or panelist in ONE additional session. We ask that participants limit themselves to two conference activities.

  • While we welcome conventional paper sessions, we also encourage organizers to consider workshops, panel discussions, lightning talks, or other session styles.

  • Undergraduate students are asked to submit their papers to our Annual Undergraduate Symposium when it is announced.


Call for Individual Paper Abstracts


Please submit abstracts in response to CFPs being circulated (follow listservs and check our website for new CFPs); however, you also may submit abstracts to the conference individually rather than in response to specific CFPs. In this case, your abstracts will be sorted thematically and cannot be guaranteed placement in the conference schedule.


Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and include a title and three to five keywords. Abstracts should be submitted within the registration form by January 5, 2019.


Call for Poster Abstracts


In response to the growing interest and positive feedback of poster sessions, DOPE Organizers invite poster abstracts from participants. Presenting a poster is an effective way for participants to communicate their research to interested colleagues allowing more opportunities for one-on-one discussion.


Posters are a great alternative to conventional paper sessions if:


  1. Your research is visually interesting (i.e., presented through maps, pictures, and graphics);

  2. You want to present in a casual, conversational venue and have one-on-one interactions;

  3. You want to make new connections and network with fellow DOPE attendees; and/or

  4. Your research is a work in progress.


To participate in the poster session, please, list the organized session you are submitting your abstract to as "DOPE Poster Session" during registration. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words in length. Abstracts should be submitted within the registration form by January 5, 2019.


Posters should be at maximum 4'x6'. For other tips on creating posters, check out this pdf: Creating Anthropology Conference Posters: A Guide for Beginners.




Registration will be linked from our website starting in early November 2018 and end on January 5, 2019. The conference registration fee is $45 for graduate students; $90 for faculty; and $60 for Adjunct Faculty, Lecturers, Postdocs, and Independent Scholars. There is no fee for undergraduate participants. All University of Kentucky students register for free.


Follow us on Twitter at @DOPEUKY / @UKPEWG and on Facebook as the University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group. We also encourage you to visit our website:


Please send any questions you may have to the DOPE Organizers at


Download the PDF version of the CFS/CFP here.