Power and conflict are at the core of socio-environmental change, but existing knowledge and higher education structures are ill-equipped to address them. Most of socially-relevant environmental research takes place within isolated disciplinary silos and has a disciplinary orientation. Questions are framed in relation to scholarly traditions, not in terms of the structure of the problems and the conflicts at hand, which transcend conventional departmentalization. However, as we live in undisciplined environments, we need undisciplined thinking. To discuss the possibilities for an undisciplinary political ecology, the European Network ‘Entitle’ – an FP7 ‘Marie Curie’ action n.289374 – launches the International Conference UNDISCIPLINED ENVIRONMENTS, co-organized by the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and the Environmental Humanities Laboratory of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
All submissions must be sent via email to the address: by September 30th, 2015. The email ‘subject’ field must specify the typology of submission (individual presentation, panel, round table, non-academic intervention) and one or more keywords. Please submit your proposal according to the guidelines below:
1. Individual academic presentation: please send a title and a max 300-word abstract
2. Panel proposal: please send a title and a max 300-word general abstract, plus a list of 4 proposed presentations (names and abstracts)
3. Round-table proposal: please send a title and a max 300-word abstract, including a list of questions for the speakers, and 3 to 4 speakers
4. Non-academic intervention: please send a max 500-word abstract and/or a sample of the material you wish to contribute, and a brief bio profile (100 words)
Submissions must be sent in one attached file. In the abstract, please clearly indicate your name and contact details, plus institutional affiliation (if applicable) or activity (e.g. artist, film-maker, reporter, writer, blogger), and those of each contributing author.
The conference working language is English, but the scientific committee might consider individual submissions in other languages in the eventuality that translation can be provided. Please contact the conference organizers to inquire about this possibility. If accepted, oral presentations in other languages should be accompanied by a slide show in English.
Successful submissions will be notified by November 15th 2015
Please check the conference website for more information: http://www.conference-politicalecology.eu
See also the Entitle Project website http://www.politicalecology.eu/ and the Entitle fellows’ blog http://entitleblog.org/