CfP for Special Issue on Aldo Leopold, 70th Anniversary of Sand County Almanac, Socio-Ecological Practice Research Journal

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CfP for Special Issue on Aldo Leopold

by Qi Feng Lin

Dear colleagues,

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac.  A collection of Leopold’s personal reflections on the land and land ethics, the book gained popularity during the environmental movement of the 1960s and has remained a cornerstone of environmental literature ever since.

To commemorate the anniversary, Socio-Ecological Practice Research will be publishing a special issue to reexamine, reassess, and reenvision the legacy, influence, and relevance of Leopold and his landmark book.  We welcome articles from writers and scholars in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts.  The special issue will be guest edited by Dr. Qi Feng Lin and advised by an editorial committee chaired by Dr. Curt Meine.

Prospective contributors are requested to submit an abstract at by January 14.  For more details, please refer to the attached CfP, which is also available at the SEPR homepage:

Please direct all queries to Qi Feng Lin at If you are interested in submitting an abstract but have concerns about meeting the deadline, please contact him.

We look forward to receiving and reading your abstracts.

Qi Feng Lin, guest editor

Curt Meine, advisory committee chair

Wei-Ning Xiang, founding editor-in-chief, Socio-Ecological Practice Research

Public Lecture; Sounds & The Sacred in Rock Art Soundscapes, Professor Diaz-Andreu; Wednesday 16th January 2019

Wed 16 Jan 2019 2:00 pm
NP.CM.226, Commons, Newton Park Campus
A Music/Environmental Humanities Public Lecture 

In this talk, ICREA Professor Margarita Diaz-Andreu will discuss how immaterial aspects, usually disregarded in archaeological research, can be integrated into the study of the past. Her talk will centre on the acoustics of landscapes, especially of those marked by past communities with prehistoric rock art as a way of providing them with a special meaning. A connection will be established between the aural experience of place and religious emotion. At the same time, however, she will propose that this type of study should be explored systematically, with scientific rigour and objectively and that, in order to do so, an interdisciplinary approach becomes essential.

Professor Diaz-Andreu has been based at the University of Barcelona since 2012, having moved there from Durham University. She is interested in the prehistoric archaeology, rock art and acoustics of Western Europe. She is also concerned with heritage, history of archaeology and the politics of identity in archaeology (social engagement, nationalism and colonialism, ethnicity and gender). She has carried out fieldwork in several countries around the world and successfully supervised several PhD students. She is the author of about 20 books and many articles. Having researched on prehistoric rock art for two decades, in 2010 she decided to focus on the acoustics of rock art landscapes. She has recently been successful in obtaining funding for her ERC project, “The sound of special places: exploring rock art soundscapes and the sacred”.

Free to attend but please book here

Live at the AM podcast: HumanNature series – Deborah Bird Rose Lecture on; “how does giving and receiving take form in, and give form to, our living world?”

We post this in memory of Deborah Bird Rose – a founding and leading light in the global Environmental Humanities movement.

“How does giving and receiving take form in, and give form to, our living world? While most discussions of gift-giving focus on exchanges between humans, Deborah Bird Rose is also captivated by the many forms of connectivity and flow that are integral to ecological processes.”

This talk took place on 2 March 2018, in the Hallstrom Theatre at the Australian Museum.

Listen to the full talk here

SEX AND NATURE CONFERENCE, THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, UK [10-11 JUNE 2019] with Astrida Neimanis, Amy Culter and others




Sex and Nature


10-11 June 2019

The University of Exeter, UK

Keynote speakers:

Greta LaFleur, Yale University, USA

Astrida Neimanis, University of Sydney, Australia

Artist in Residence:

Amy Cutler, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Since 2016 the Ecosexual Bathhouse art venue has been touring the world. Designed by the Pony Express artist collective, this roving multi-chamber venue aims to explore ecological fantasies: visitors can visit a pollination gallery, a composting glory hole, and a honey bee swarm. Activating desire and channelling erotic expression towards the elements of water, earth, air and fire, the project aims to nurture a visceral connection to nonhuman animals, plants, minerals, and inanimate materials.

The Ecosexual Bathhouse is but one of a number of exemplary case studies that disrupt and display the entangled categories of “sex” and “nature.” This conference aims to interrogate and investigate diverse moments and sites where sex and nature, along with their practices, aesthetics, methodologies, and conceptual histories, are becoming visible in new and unexpected contexts, both in the present and the past, from sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld’s interest in ‘intersex butterflies’ in the 1920s to the botanical sex scene of Han Kang’s The Vegetarian (2007).

Historically, the relationship between sex and nature has long been contested. Ideas of nature and the natural have often been employed to secure and essentialise heteronormative binaries of sex, gender and sexuality. Much feminist and queer scholarship has been dedicated to revealing and challenging such uses of the natural. At the same time, the relationship between nature, the natural and sex has been interpreted to support a variety of causes: in the late nineteenth century, for example, feminists took on the cause of anti-vivisection because they saw it as indicative of a common objectification of women and animals. From Darwin and Linnaeus to Krafft-Ebing and Kinsey, categories of sex and sexuality were introduced into concepts of nature and the natural world. This categorisation of sex and nature led to highly contested and politicised debates among their contemporaries. More recently, the relationship between sex and nature has opened up debates in ecofeminism (Greta Gaard, Val Plumwood), material feminism (Elizabeth Wilson, Stacey Alaimo) and Anthropocene feminism (Claire Colebrook) that seek to rethink the relationship between sex and nature. Instead of rejecting or challenging the idea of the natural, such scholarship has demonstrated the queer and feminist potential of nature. Ground-breaking treatments of nature and sex have led to robust theorizations of queer ecologies (Catriona Sandilands, Astrida Neimanis), natural histories of sexuality (Greta LaFleur) and new kinship forms through reproductive technologies (Sarah Franklin), to name but a few.

The conference welcomes scholars from all disciplines drawing on a broad range of methodologies and focusing broadly on the period since 1800. We aim to explore the entangled categories of sex and nature by examining a wide range of topics related, but not restricted to:

– Natural histories of sex and sexuality

– Sexuality and nature: naturalising sexuality, sexing nature

– Queering nature, naturalising queerness

– (Un)natural sex, (de)naturalising sex, (re)naturalising sex

– The politics of sexual nature

– Nature, naturalness and normativity

– Nature and feminist critique, past and present

– The sexual politics of biotechnological reproduction

– (De)extinction and (re)production

– Sex and nature in the Anthropocene

– Authorities on nature beyond natural sciences

– Race, indigeneity, sex and nature

– Human, animal, vegetable sexuality

– Sex, nature and disability

– Intra-species sexualities from prehistory to the present

– Intersex across species-boundaries

Abstracts of 350 words, along with a 50-word bio, sent in word format or copied into email body, should be sent to Dr Ina Linge ( and Dr Sarah Bezan ( by 30 January 2019. Confirmed participants will be notified by early February 2019. Early career scholars and post-graduate researchers are expressly encouraged to submit abstracts. Travel bursaries will be offered to two postgraduate participants in exchange for live-tweeting during the conference and written reports following the conference. Please let us know in your abstract submission if you would like to be considered for these. We are keen to publish a selection of papers from the conference as an edited volume or special journal issue. Further plans will be discussed with delegates at the conference.

This conference is generously supported by the Wellcome Trust-funded Rethinking Sexology project.

CFP: Multispecies Justice (University of Sydney, June 2019)

We are sharing this CFP from the Australian Environmental Humanities hub

CFP: Multispecies Justice: Thinking and Enacting Justice in a Multispecies World

June 12 – 20 2019

The University of Sydney

In June 2019, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Environment Institute will host a series of four international symposia to work in a focused and exploratory way on the question of what justice means in a multispecies context. The events are being held as part of the Faculty’s recently funded research initiative on Multispecies Justice.

Series Highlights:
The four linked symposia will each comprise a more formal set of presentations and an extended round table for reflection, discussion and project planning. Each of the four will examine multispecies justice through a specific theme or set of questions:

Theme 1: The moral, legal and political status of humans, animals, and the environment
Theme 2: Climate change, nonhumans, and relational impacts
Theme 3: Economic justice, human and non-human
Theme 4: Extinction and biocultural conservation

We are inviting participants to present new and exploratory research. The work presented will form the basis for an original publication in the form of an edited volume or special issue of a journal. Each symposium will also be the basis of a multi-authored ‘state of the field’ paper to which participants will be invited to contribute. We hope that the conversations commenced during the symposia will be the basis for future collaborations.

Confirmed speakers:
– Ravi Agarwal, independent artist, photographer, environmental campaigner, writer and curator, India.
– Dr Maan Barua, University of Cambridge.
– Professor Tony Birch, University of Victoria, Melbourne.
– Professor Marisol de la Cadena, University of California, Davis.
– Sria Chatterjee, PhD Candidate, Princeton University.
– Associate Professor Mel Y. Chen, University of California, Berkeley.
– Dr Matthew Chrulew, Curtin University.
– Dr Alasdair Cochrane, University of Sheffield.
– Professor Jacque ‘Jody’ Emel, Clark University.
– Assistant Professor Stefanie Fishel, University of Alabama.
– Professor Claire Jean Kim, University of California, Irvine.
– Associate Professor Lauren Rickards, RMIT University.
– Professor Makere Stewart-Harawira, University of Alberta.
– Professor Petra Tschakert, University of Western Australia.

Abstract Submission:
Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a brief biographical statement to Professor Danielle Celermajer at by 5pm Friday February 1 2019 (AEST).
If you would like to discuss the project or your ideas, please feel free to send an email.

Suggested Topics:
We are open to proposed papers on any topic within the broad space of multispecies justice. Possibilities include:
• Conceptions and practices of justice in a multispecies context/Thinking beyond liberal/individualist conceptions of justice;
• The legal and moral status of beings beyond the human;
• Dealing with conflicting claims/interests in a multispecies context;
• Intersections between multispecies justice and critical race, gender, postcolonial, disability and queer theory and political practice;
• Multispecies justice, political institutions and social and political movements;
• Storytelling and other aesthetic practices across species;
• The role of aesthetic and poetic thought and practice in imagining, representing and enacting multispecies justice;
• Multispecies methodologies;
• Entangled biological and cultural forms of loss.

University of Sydney Organising Committee:
Conveners: Professor Danielle Celermajer and Professor David Schlosberg
Researchers: Dr Francesco Borghesi, Associate Professor Thom Van Dooren, Associate Professor Jay Johnston, Associate Professor Julia Kindt Dr Astrida Neimanis, Dr Dalia Nassar, Professor Iain McCalman, Dr Killian Quigley, Associate Professor Susan Park Dr Rebecca Pearse, Ms Michelle St Anne, Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, and Associate Professor Anik Waldow.

Conference Announcement; Religion, Materialism and Ecology;15 -17 May 2020; The University of Manchester, UK; Speakers include Bruno Latour

The European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment in association with the Lincoln Theological Institute

is pleased to announce its sixth international conference

Religion, Materialism and Ecology

Friday 15 May to Sunday 17 May 2020

to be held at The University of Manchester, UK

Confirmed speakers include:

Whitney Bauman (Florida International University, and Berlin)

Bruno Latour (Sciences Po, Paris)

Linn Tonstad (Yale)

A Call for Papers and further information will be published in 2019.

On behalf of the Conference committee:

Peter Scott, The University of Manchester

Sigurd Bergmann, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Whitney Bauman, Florida International University, and Berlin

Roberto Chiotti, Larkin Architect Limited, Toronto

Catherine Rigby, Bath Spa University

Religion, Materialism and Ecology
Because of changes brought about by, among other things, a warming climate, there has been a revival in materialism. Although there is little agreement on what ‘materialism’ means, this revival is certainly a reaction against a widespread instrumentalism regarding ‘dead matter’. At the very least, its resurgence relates to the return of non-human nature—if indeed nature ever left. The core aim of many of these materialisms is to understand matter in more animated and active ways—a sort of Romantic turn or an undoing of the postmodern end of nature. Options here include the “new materialism” (Bennett, Barad), speculative realism (Morton), and ‘actor-network theory’ (Latour). This has led to many objections from the ‘old’ materialists (i.e. Marxists) who understand nature more in terms of a factor in production and may be more cautious about ascribing agency to nature (Malm). There have also been constructive developments regarding materialism within Marxism such as metabolic rift theory (John Bellamy Foster, Paul Burkett). Feminist theorists (Haraway, for example) have been addressing the issue of materialism already especially in relation to animal and technology studies. At issue are a range of issues, including hierarchy, the nature of relationality, the relation between nature and society, human and other agencies, and ‘world picture’. The conference will aim to explore some of these new developments, including how materialist issues impinge upon religious traditions and the extent to which religions are already materialist and so have a creative contribution to make to debates about ecological materialisms.