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Keywords: Conference, Sustainability, Environmental Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS

Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC)

2011 Annual Conference
University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University
May 30 – 31, 2011

People, Places and Sustainability: Exploring Ideas Across Communities

The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to invite you to submit a paper or poster proposal for its annual conference, held in conjunction with the 2011 Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB.

As Canada’s leading association of researchers and practitioners involved in a broad range of environmental fields, ESAC aims for its conferences to facilitate constructive dialogue across a range of environment-related fields and practices. The 2011 ESAC conference provides a unique opportunity for delegates to take part in a lively exchange of ideas relating to sustainability among a broad range of concerned/involved communities, including academics, students, practitioners, policy makers, local citizens, entrepreneurs and activists.

This year’s conference theme, “People, Places and Sustainability: Exploring Ideas Across Communities”, highlights the terms ‘sustainable’, ‘sustainably’, ‘sustainability’, which have become increasingly embedded – and contested – in popular discourse around the world. The concept of ‘sustainability’ is being mobilized by various actors in myriad contexts around the globe, from environmental NGOs, to businesses ‘greenwashing’ products and services, to development agencies. At the same time, increasing attention is focused on the need to reconsider the sustainability of economic, political, and social systems, (greening business; social capitalism; steady state economics; cooperative resource management; ‘deliberate simplicity’ movement, etc.), creating a broadening understanding of what is meant by the term ‘sustainability’ and the factors that contribute to its realization.

The 2011 ESAC conference seeks to promote discussion of the multiple dimensions, meanings and facets of sustainability. We encourage the participation of individuals and groups working in various environment-related fields, including international development, economics, policy studies, history, indigenous studies, geography, resource management, conservation, planning, anthropology, sociology, business, international relations and political science, among others.

Members of NGOs, community groups, the public and private sector, along with academic researchers and students are encouraged to submit papers, posters, and/or organize panels on a broad range of issues and case studies related to the social dimensions of sustainability such as:
· Politics of Environmental Knowledges (traditional, local, scientific)
· Sustainable Development (urban, rural, energy, resource use, food systems)
· Climate Change
· Community Resilience
· Sustainable Livelihoods
· Ecosystem Goods and Services
· Indigenous Peoples and Environment
· Policy and Sustainability (international, national, municipal)
· Gender and Environment
· Environmental Education
· Resource Management / Conservation
· Economics of Sustainability (consumption, production, marketing)
· Social Movements (deliberate simplicity, intentional communities)
· Historical Perspectives
· Human Security and Conflict

The deadline for abstract submissions is February 15, 2011.
The paper or poster abstract must be 300 words or less, and should include:
· your name, position and institution;
· your title and a description of your object of study;
· your theoretical framework and methodology of research;
· your conclusions;
· the relevance of your topic to sustainability or environmental studies.

Further details regarding conference registration, accommodations, social events, etc. will be distributed in subsequent announcements. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Tara C. Goetze, PhD
ESAC 2011 Conference Chair
+1.613.263.8241
[email protected]

Keywords: Conference, Environmental Studies, Sustainability

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