DOPE 2020 CFP is now closed!

Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference

February 27 – 29, 2020

University of Kentucky | Lexington, Kentucky, USA


The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group invites you to participate in the Tenth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference (DOPE), to be held February 27-29, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.


DOPE has become a key international forum for students and faculty at all stages in 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. In the past, we have featured keynotes from top scholars, including Carolyn Finney, Farhana Sultana, Sandra Harding, Tracey Osborne, and Kim TallBear. Over 400 scholars, activists, and environmental professionals attended DOPE 2019, representing dozens of disciplines and more than 95 academic institutions spread over four continents. The organizers are thrilled with our speaker lineup for DOPE 2020 and we encourage you to follow us on social media for our forthcoming announcements.


As the tenth anniversary of DOPE, we expect to have some exciting new features and activities, so be on the lookout for more updates. We anticipate an especially high number of registrants for DOPE 10, and recommend submitting your papers as soon as possible. We also encourage you to contribute to the intellectual vitality and continued success of the conference by organizing a session for DOPE 2020. 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.



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 post it to our social media and website to help with promotion and finding participants. You should also distribute it among your colleagues and to relevant listservs.

  3. Conference registration will open on October 1, 2019. All participants in your session must have registered and paid by the final registration deadline (December 1, 2019). As such, we suggest that you establish a session deadline of November 17 or earlier.

  4. After you have submitted your call, we will send you a Google Form that you will have 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 final registration deadline (December 1, 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Undergraduate students are asked to submit their papers to our Annual Undergraduate Symposium.


Individual Abstracts


We strongly encourage participants to submit abstracts in response to CFPs being circulated (follow listservs and check the linked page for new CFPs); however, we will accept individual abstracts too. Abstracts submitted to the conference individually rather than in response to specific CFPs 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. The abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2019.




Registration will be linked from our website starting October 1, 2019, and closing December 1, 2019. Starting this year we are implementing a sliding-scale conference registration fee for


faculty based on income. Registration will be $45 for graduate students, $60 for adjuncts/lecturers/postdocs/non-academics, and $20 for undergraduate participants. All University of Kentucky students register for free.

Follow us on Twitter at @DOPEUKY or on Facebook as the University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group.

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