25/10/2017 - 01/02/2018

The World-Ecology Research Network is a global community of scholars, activists, and artists committed to developing emancipatory knowledges for the 21stcentury. The world-ecology conversation seeks the widest range of perspectives in pursuit of transcending the dualisms fundamental to modern thought, above all Nature and Society and the practices of exploitation, appropriation, and domination entangled with it.

This year the 4th An­nual Con­fer­ence of the World-Eco­logy Research Net­work will take place in Hel­sinki, Fin­land, 15-18 Au­gust.


The 4th Annual Conference of the World-Ecology Research Network

Far from limited to resource and energy question, recent extractivisms have linked up with manifold forms of land grabbing and cash-crop agriculture to create new agrarian questions of survival and justice in an era of runaway climate change. Crucially, many Indigenous Peoples, peasants, workers, and other groups have confronted the extractivist projects. Many of them have not only opposed place-specific projects but questioned the Nature/Society dualisms that have framed and legitimated the racialized, gendered, and colonial domination that has been fundamental to capitalism’s environmental histories. We are witnessing a new wave of challenges to capitalism as an ontological formation – a new ontological politics that confronts capitalism as a world-ecology of power, re/production, and nature.

Over the past two decades, large-scale resource extraction has returned to centre stage in the political economy of capitalism – and in the resistance to it. Called “extractivism” by scholars and activists, resource extraction in the 21st century has assumed new prominence in an era of unusually high commodity prices and the widespread questioning of fossil fuel infrastructures. We now invite papers on the widest range of topics addressing the new extractivism, its political economy and political ecology, and movements against extractivist projects. We also welcome proposals for thematic sessions. Papers off-topic but relevant to the world-ecology conversation are also welcome.

Possible topics include:
* Indigenous movements and extractivist projects.
* Social reproduction and extractivism.
* The financialization of commodities
* Land grabbing
* Representations of extractivism, class, and capital
* Extractivism in the Global North
* Environmental histories of resource and energy extraction
* Imperialism and the Search for Cheap Natures
* Labor movements and the labor process in extractive sectors.
* The feminist political economy and political ecology of extraction
* Extractivism and climate change.
* Race, racism, and racial formation in extractivist projects and processes.
* Commodity frontiers
* Global extractive industries and their politics

Please use the University of Helsinki e-form to submit an abstract for an oral presentation, a panel session, a workshop session or a poster presentation.


Call for submission for the 4th An­nual Con­fer­ence of the World-Eco­logy Research Net­work
Deadline : 1st February 2018
More information on : www.helsinki.fi


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