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CALL FOR PAPERS: Political Ecology and Environmental Sociology: Towards Productive Engagement or Sustaining the Contract of Mutual Indifference?


Alan Rudy, Damian White, Christopher Oliver and Brian Gareau

The political ecologist Piers Blackie has observed in a stock-taking of political ecology that “a review of Environmental Sociology, a textbook by Hannigan, finds no mention of Political Ecology and yet most of its contents might well be claimed as Political Ecology” (Blackie, 2008: 772). One could similarly work through many political ecology textbooks and find little or no discussion of environmental sociology. Given the ritualistic appeals to “inter-disciplinarity” in the environmental social sciences, how can we account for the extra-ordinary disengagement between political ecology and environmental sociology? How can these seemingly overlapping and aligned sub-disciplines largely ignore each other? Why has political ecology taken socio-natural hybridity, post-human ethics and non-equilibrium ecologies so much more seriously than US environmental sociology has? Why is it that understandings of the relationship between capital and ecology are widely divergent between environmental sociologists and political ecologists? Are both fields increasingly disabled by their dis-engagement with each other?

Attempting to do justice to the diverse amalgam of movements, institutions and disciplines that have contributed to the many methods and foci involved, this panel will explore this strange contract of mutual indifference from a number of perspectives, e.g.

1.    Northern attitude and policy research relative to Southern development and ethnographic studies;

2.    Durkheimian empiricist, realist Marxist and neo-Malthusian approaches contrasted with relational Marxist, materialist feminist and post structuralist currents;

3.    Critical takes on risk society and the democratization of the state versus bureaucratic management derived from risk science-based policy;

4.     Local and lay knowledge leading in directions quite different than those of green neoliberalism;

5.    The primary roots of US environmental sociology in rural sociology versus political ecology’s founding of political ecology in European development geography.

The panel will consist of a series of short pieces (3000 words) en route to an open discussion. The aims of the panel will be to gain great understanding of the blockages that prevent broader engagements between political ecology and environmental sociology. It will also consider how we might imagine more productive relations between political ecology and environmental sociology.

Please submit proposed title and abstract to Alan Rudy Damian White, Chris Oliver and Brian Gareau by December 1st 2013




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Volume 11 Number 5  2013  ISSN 1478-2103

Boyce Brown. The Assumptions and Possible Futures of Standards-based Education

Gail D. Caruth & Donald L. Caruth. The Octopus, the Squid and the Tortoise

Vimbi P. Mahlangu. Understanding Militant Teacher Union Members’ Activities in Secondary Schools

Tim May & Beth Perry. Universities, Reflexivity and Critique: uneasy parallels in practice

Peter Mayo. Lorenzo Milani in Our Times

Christopher McMaster. Working the ‘Shady Spaces’: resisting neo-liberal hegemony in New Zealand education

Abdulghani Muthanna. A Tragic Educational Experience: academic injustice in higher education institutions in Yemen

James Reveley. Enhancing the Educational Subject: cognitive capitalism, positive psychology and well-being training in schools

Elizer Jay de los Reyes. (Re)defining the Filipino: notions of citizenship in the new K+12 curriculum

John A. Smith. Structure, Agency, Complexity Theory and Interdisciplinary Research in Education Studies

Georgios Stamelos & Marianna Bartzakli. The Effect of a Primary School Teachers’ Trade Union on the Formation and Realisation of Policy in Greece: the case of teacher evaluation policy

Glenn Toh. Where Realities Confront Ideals: the personal, professional, philosophical and political in the teaching of academic English in a Japanese setting

Riyad A. Shahjahan & Lisette E. Torres. A ‘Global Eye’ for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: a critical policy analysis of the OECD’s AHELO study

Nelson Casimiro Zavale. Using Michael Young’s Analysis on Curriculum Studies to Examine the Effects of Neoliberalism on Curricula in Mozambique

The Need of a Higher Education Carnival. The Fall of the Faculty: the rise of the all-administrative university and why it matters (Benjamin Ginsberg), reviewed by João M. Paraskeva
School Rituals as a Counter-hegemonic Performance. Rituals and Student Identity in Education: ritual critique for a new pedagogy (Richard A. Quantz), reviewed by João M. Paraskeva

Education in the Creative Economy: knowledge and learning in the age of innovation (Daniel Araya & Michael A. Peters, Eds), reviewed by Albert Chavez
Schooling in the Age of Austerity: urban education and the struggle for democratic life (Alexander J. Means), reviewed by Graham B. Slater

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Glenn Rikowski and Ruth Rikowski have a number of articles in Policy Futures in Education. These include (and these are open access):


Rikowski, Ruth (2003) Value – the Life Blood of Capitalism: knowledge is the current key, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.1 No.1, pp.160-178:

Rikowski, Glenn (2004) Marx and the Education of the Future, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.2 Nos. 3 & 4, pp.565-577, online at:

Rikowski, Ruth (2006) A Marxist Analysis of the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.4 No.4:

Rikowski, Ruth (2008) Review Essay: ‘On Marx: An introduction to the revolutionary intellect of Karl Marx’, by Paula Allman, Policy Futures in Education, Vol.6 No.5, pp.653-661:



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Call for Papers | ‘Art in the Age of Real Abstraction’ | Deadline: 12 December 2013

Historic iterations of abstraction in the visual arts have traditionally been associated with terms such as the non-representational, the non-figurative, and the immaterial, in opposition to a loosely defined concept of realism. In the post-war period, however, both realism and abstraction became unstable concepts, deployed to refer to a range of diverse practices, from Nouveau Réalisme to Art Informel to Abstract Expressionism. This conference invites papers that rethink the relation between realism and abstraction in the period between 1970 and the contemporary moment. Of particular concern are the impacts of two intersecting events: the advent of Neoliberalism and the dismantling of Modernism in art history.

‘Art in the Age of Real Abstraction’ seeks to investigate contemporary forms of abstraction through the analysis of different modes of representation, affectivity and performativity, drawing lines of continuity and addressing points of ambiguity between post-war abstraction and contemporary iterations. In recent critical discourse reification has been described as both a process of abstraction and as a figural process. On this view ‘Real Abstraction’ might be understood as the becoming-concrete of the abstract. As such ‘Real Abstraction’ calls for a rethinking of what the terms realism, figuration and abstraction might mean today.

We welcome papers that address the critical stakes of abstraction in the visual arts as a representational economy and as an aesthetic strategy, a way of inhabiting the contradictions produced by capital, and as a means of generating meaning, memory and historical experience.

We encourage academics, researchers and artists to submit papers on the following issues and debates (amongst others):

* post-70s reconfigurations of abstraction

* the artwork and the commodity form

* feminist interventions in the history of abstraction

* abstraction and historic experience

* the intersection of realism and abstraction

* artwork as theory, artwork as historiography


Speakers should be prepared to present papers for 20 min followed by a discussion.

Please send 300 word abstracts by December 12th to:

Rye Dag Holmboe: rye.holmboe.09@ucl.

Andrew Witt:

The conference will be held on April 12th, 2014 history/staff-research/call_ for_papers


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