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NATURE INC? QUESTIONING THE MARKET PANACEA IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND CONSERVATION

The Second Call for Papers for a conference next year 30 June – 2 July on Nature™ Inc? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation.

Please consider sending in an abstract, and/or send it on to your networks

Second Call for Papers
Nature™ Inc? Questioning the Market Panacea in Environmental Policy and Conservation

International Conference
30 June – 2 July 2011
ISS, The Hague, The Netherlands

Special guests:  Amita Baviskar (IEG, Delhi University), Nancy Peluso (University of California, Berkeley), Fander Falconi (FLACSO, Former Foreign Minister, Ecuador) and Ton Dietz (University of Leiden)

Nature is dead. Long live Nature™ Inc.! This adagio inspires many environmental policies today. In order to respond to the many environmental problems the world is facing, new and innovative methods are necessary, or so it is argued, and markets are posited as the ideal vehicle to supply these. Indeed, market forces have been finding their way into environmental policy and conservation to a degree that seemed unimaginable only a decade ago. Payments for ecosystem services, biodiversity derivatives and new conservation finance mechanisms, species banking, carbon trade and conservation 2.0 are just some of the market mechanisms that have taken a massive flight in popularity in recent years, despite, or perhaps because of the recent ‘Great Financial Crisis’.

The conference seeks to critically engage with the market panacea in environmental policy and conservation in the context of histories and recent developments in neoliberal capitalism. The conference is steeped in traditions of political economy and political ecology, in order to arrive at a deeper understanding of where environmental policies and conservation in an age of late capitalism come from, are going and what effects they have on natures and peoples.

‘Nature™ Inc’ follows a successful recent conference in Lund, Sweden, in May 2010 and several earlier similar initiatives that have shown the topic to be of great interest to academics, policy-makers and civil society. The present conference is thus meant not only to deepen and share critical knowledge on market-based environmental policies and practices and nature-society relations more generally, but also to strengthen and widen the networks enabling this objective.

 Topics include but are not limited to:
   • General trends in market-based environmental policies and instruments
   • New forms of neoliberal conservation (including web 2.0, species banking, etc)
   • Agro-food systems, the meat-industrial complex, and aquaculture
   • Agro-fuels, energy and climate change
   • The relation between conservation and land (including protected areas, etc.)
   • Financialisation of the environment
   • New social, environmental and peasant movements and left alternatives
   • Accumulation by dispossession, property regimes, and the “new” enclosures
   • Ecological imperialisms, including the recent ‘land grabs’
   • Urban and rural political ecologies and the links between them
   • Theoretical advancements in nature-society relations

Paper proposals are due 15 December 2010. Please send a 250-300 word proposal, with title, contact information, and three keywords as a Word attachment to: nature2011@iss.nl. Proposals for complete panels are welcome.

Conference language is English. Authors will be notified by 15 January 2011. Complete papers are due by 1 April, 2011. More information on: http://www.iss.nl/nature2011 and http://www.worldecologyresearch.org  
 
Organization
The conference is organized by the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, together with the University of Manchester and the University of Queensland.

Conference organizing committee (OC): Bram Büscher, Murat Arsel, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Max Spoor (ISS, Erasmus University, the Netherlands) Wolfram Dressler (University of Queensland, Australia) Dan Brockington (SERG, Manchester University, UK)

Conference advisory committee (AC): Ben White (ISS, Erasmus University) Patrick Bond (University of KwaZulu Natal) Sian Sullivan (Birkbeck College) Jason W. Moore (Umeå University) Blessing J Karumbidza (Socio-Economic Rights Institute, South Africa) Eric Swyngedouw (SERG, Manchester University) Noel Castree (SERG, Manchester University) Rosaleen Duffy (SERG, Manchester University) Holly Buck (Lund University) Scott Prudham (University of Toronto) Jun Borras (ISS, Erasmus University) Dean Bavington (Nipissing University) Mark Hudson (University of Manitoba)
Jim Igoe (Dartmouth College) Dhoya Snijders (VU University Amsterdam) Caroline Seagle (VU University Amsterdam) Diana C. Gildea (Lund University) Christian Alarcon Ferrari (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) Katja Neves (Concordia University) Roldan Muradian (Nijmegen University)

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Dr. Bram Büscher
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainable Development
International Institute of Social Studies
Erasmus University
Kortenaerkade 12
2518 AX The Hague
The Netherlands
T +31 (0)70 4260 596
buscher@iss.nl
http://www.iss.nl/buscher

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It starts tomorrow,

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IMPERIAL ECOLOGIES

Issue 69 of ‘New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics’

Imperial Ecologies

Guest Editor: Ashley Dawson
New Formations 69 offers a timely and urgent set of contributions towards the development of ‘political ecology’. Despite a history of sporadic engagements, cultural theory and cultural studies has rarely dealt thoroughly with ecological issues, tending to retreat into its habitual scepticism regarding anything that might smell of naturalism. The fact that ecological questions frame all of the urgent political debates of our epoch, as well as animating some of the most dynamic areas of critical thought, surely means that this situation cannot continue. This collection begins to address the issues.

CONTENTS

Jeremy Gilbert
Editorial
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/archive/nf69editorial.pdf

Ashley Dawson
Introduction: New Enclosures
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/articles/69_Dawson.pdf

George Caffentzis
The Future Of ‘The Commons’: Neoliberalism’s ‘Plan B’ Or The Original Disaccumulation Of Capital?
http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/articles/69_Caffentzis.pdf

Crystal Bartolovich
A Natural History Of ‘Food Riots’

Rob Nixon
Unimagined Communities: Developmental Refugees, Megadams And Monumental Modernity

Peter Hitchcock
Oil In An American Imaginary

Morten Tønnessen
The Global Species

Sian Sullivan
‘Ecosystem Service Commodities’ – A New Imperial Ecology? Implications For Animist Immanent Ecologies, With Deleuze And Guattari

Leerom Medovoi
A Contribution To The Critique Of Political Ecology: Sustainability As Disavowal

Brett Neilsen and Ben Dibbley
Climate Crisis And The Actuarial Imaginary: ‘The War On Global Warming’

Free online access is available to individual and institutional subscribers: ask your library to subscribe or subscribe individually by standing order at the special price of £30: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/standingordernf.html

For more information on this issue, to subscribe, or to buy a single issue go to: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/current.html

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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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ECOSOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

http://www.ecosocialistnetwork.org

June 26,  2010

Dear Friends,

As you probably know,  our network was founded in 2007,  profiting from the International Marx Conference in Paris,  which attracted scholars and activists from various countries around the world. We intend to do the same thing this year, just after the International Marx Conference (September 22-25, 2010).  It would take place on September 26-27, 2010. It will be the occasion to exchange ideas about ecosocialism, consider future initiatives, leaflets or publications, as well as to reorganize our leading bodies.

The Conference will take place at the Mairie du 2ème arrondissement (Townhall of the second Paris district), 8 rue de la Banque, first floor; nearest underground station (Metro): Bourse.  

The room is called “Salle des expositions”, and it can accommodate some 80 people.  We will have the room at our disposition on Sunday September 26 and Monday September 27 from 9.30 to 19.30 hours.

For the EIN Secretariat

Joel Kovel, Michael Löwy

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