CFP: Towards a critically posthumanist sociology

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

Special Issue Call for Papers: Towards a critically posthumanist sociology

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Guest Editors:

Erika Cudworth E.Calvo@uel.ac.uk

Richard J White Richard.White@shu.ac.uk 

Will Boisseau    Will.Boisseau@hotmail.com

Timeline:

Please send 250-300 word abstracts to the Guest Editors by 5 May 2019. Invited papers – of between 5,000 and 8,000 words – must be submitted on-line to the journal for peer-review by 15 August 2019.

Call for papers

The growing interest in the social relations of the more-than-human world has continues to spread apace across the social sciences. This interest has led to radically questioning and re-thinking key foundations of Western modernity, not least with regard to how the conceptual separation of ‘the human’ from other creatures and the ‘natural’ world has been foundational in how ‘we’ understand ourselves and the world we inhabit.

This Special Issue considers some of the ways in which some social scientists have responded to the implications of the Anthropocene and the huge questions it raises. We are currently witnessing an era of disastrous human generated climatic change and the mass extinction of myriad other species. Can the planet survive capitalism? Will humans join other Great Apes already on the critically endangered list? What does it mean to appreciate that we live in a multi-species world of co-dependencies in which other beings and things may have a point of view?  What might it mean to ‘be’ and ‘do’ the human when the boundaries between ‘ourselves’, other creatures and various forms of matter are characterised by uncertainty, porosity and challenge?

Towards a critically posthumanist sociology  aims to bring together radical academic voices drawing on the influence of critical animal studies, eco-feminism, anarchist studies and critical theory to respond to the huge questions and challenges the Anthropocene raises. The Special Issue is particularly keen to encourage contributors that envision the posthuman communities we can build in which social justice for humans, animals and the Earth can thrive. Organised around ‘thinking’, ‘doing’, ‘living’ and ‘changing’ posthuman sociology, we particularly welcome research that follows a prefigurative approach in the horizontal nature of the research methodology, interview techniques, sampling methods and main questions arising from activist movements. As such, this special issue will encourage those who seek to challenge speciesist and humanocentric approaches in academia.

We intend that this Special Issue will make critical posthumanist ideas and research more accessible for students at all levels and will lead to these themes being discussed in classrooms and in undergraduate courses in addition to being taken up by more advanced students and scholars.

 

Submissions are welcome on, but not limited to, the following themes:

Thinking posthuman sociology

Neoliberal capitalism and the Anthropocene

Posthuman social justice

Networks and assemblages

Re-thinking the ‘animal’, the ‘artificial’ and the ‘human’

Beyond western/white-Anglo framings of society, indigenous cosmologies

Intersectionality and entanglement

Critical posthuman sociology

Agency and emancipation

Critique of the liberal human

Neoliberal capitalism and transhumanism

Doing posthumanist sociology

Posthuman politics and policy

Methodology/ methods

Posthuman research practice

Ethics

Posthuman data

Teaching posthuman sociology

Activism and resistance

Living in posthuman social worlds

From state surveillance to interspecies solidarity

Living in/with the animal-industrial complex

Living as companion species

Violence and non-violence in inter-species relations

Making live and letting die

Extinction

Humancentric culture

Towards posthuman social life

Counter cultures and vegan cultures

Vegan geographies and sociologies

Direct action for the more-than-human

Representing beings and things

Envisioning Intersectional, posthuman communities

Intra-species commons

The agency of place

Becoming animal/becoming activist

 

 

 

 

 

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Call for Paper: RGS-IBG, London 2019 “Environmental and Ecological Justice: Anarchist Contributions and Perspectives”

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Organisers

Richard J. White, Marcelo Lopes de Souza , Ophélie Véron and Simon Springer

To develop the continents, the seas, and the atmosphere that surrounds us; to “cultivate our garden” on earth; to rearrange and regulate the environment in order to promote each individual plant, animal, and human life; to become fully conscious of our human solidarity, forming one body with the planet itself; and to take a sweeping view of our origins, our present, our immediate goal, and our distant ideal – this is what progress means.  (Elisée Reclus, “Progress”)

Environmental justice has been a theme that has been increasingly debated not only within social movements (we have even witnessed the emergence of a movement for environmental justice, first in the United States and then in other countries), but also within the framework of academic reflections and research. Moreover, it is a matter whose ‘geographical dimension’ is pretty obvious. However, from the 1980s until now, it has been hegemonically approached from a ‘liberal progressive’ or a Marxist perspective; the anarchist point of view has been, and continues to be, under-represented.

An additional problem is the fact that environmental justice activism and academic works often leave bioethical issues entirely aside. In spite of its many virtues, much of the discussion about environmental justice actually suffers from an excessive anthropocentrism, if not from speciesism sometimes. It is necessary, therefore, to combine the concerns inherent to the tradition of environmental justice with reflections capable of extending the debate on rights and justice to all ‘non-human’ beings, with whom, according to anarchist geographer Elisée Reclus, humans form a ‘great kinship’ (‘la grande famille’).

The goal of the panel ‘Environmental and Ecological Justice: Anarchist Contributions and Perspectives’ is to provide a space-time in which geographers (as well as those non-geographers interested in deepening the discussion of the spatial aspects of the problem) can meet in order to examine and debate the contributions that a specifically anarchist (or, more broadly speaking, left-libertarian) perspective can offer to illuminate the various aspects of the subject in a distinct and potent way.

Contributions on the following themes are particularly welcome:

1. Environmental justice: History, limits, potentialities and prospects
• Environmental justice beyond liberalism and Marxism
• Environmental justice, ecological justice: differences and overlapping
• Environmental injustice and types of oppression: exploitation, racism, patriarchy…
• Climatic (in)justice and heteronomy at the global level
• Sustainability and social (in)justice
• Environment, justice and the city

2. Integrating environmental and ecological justice, or: Beyond environmental justice in a strict sense
• Environmental concerns: the left-libertarian/anarchist intellectual and practical legacy
• Environmental and ecological justice beyond Eurocentrism: the lessons from non-Western cultures
• Ecocentrism(s), biocentrism(s), anthropocentrism(s): divergences, convergences, variants, implications

3. Emancipatory anarchist praxis: Environmental and ecological justice activism
• Global case studies of anarchist protest and forms of resistance.
• The question of (non)violence in social and spatial justice movements.
• Anarchist strategies of resistance against state repression (spy cops, forced eviction etc.)
• The importance of direct action and prefigurative praxis.
• Intersectionality and inter-species activism

We also welcome presentations in non-traditional and participatory formats. If you would like to contribute to the Session in other ways (e.g. as a discussant) then feel free to contact us as well.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Richard.White@shu.ac.uk  mlopesdesouza@terra.com.br; o.veron@sheffield.ac.uk  and simonspringer@gmail.com by December 10th 2018.

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Call for papers: “Anarchism and Animal Liberation” at the 5th International Conference of the Anarchist Studies Network, Loughborough University, 12-14 September 2018

Co-organisers: Richard J. White (Sheffield Hallam University, UK); Erika Cudworth (University of East London, UK) and Will Boisseau

The Panel seeks to explore ways in which anarchist praxes can be drawn on more fully to identify, understand, challenge, and overcome the speciesist geographies of violence and domination that define the lived experiences of billions of non-human animals (Nocella et. al. 2015; Nibert, 2017). Always conscious of the multiple ways in which the exploitation and subjugation of sentient beings transgresses species boundaries, and mindful of the ASN conference theme of ‘decolonisation’, we are particularly keen to encourage critical papers that draw attention toward: (a) colonial forms of species relations/ species colonialism; (b) intersectional approaches toward the spectacle of species domination (b) intersectional forms of social and spatial justice activism, and the possibility of total liberation; (c) post-speciesist, heterotopic spaces of peace and non-violence.  Situated within – or radically beyond – these guiding themes, we wish to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and contributions. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical animal geographies
  • Animal Liberation and anarchist politics
  • Critical pedagogies focused on intersectionality and speciesism
  • The animal-industrial complex, animals, and capitalism
  • Feminist ethic of care and ethical treatment of animals
  • Current animal liberation campaigns
  • Theorizing domination and oppression
  • Anarchism and posthumanism
  •  Anarchism, feminism and veganism
  • Hierarchy, reciprocity, mutual aid and animal cultures
  • Human species identity
  • Qrganizing and care work in the animal liberation movement
  • Queer liberation and animal liberation

We welcome relevant papers from inter-disciplinary departments as well as sources beyond the academy (particularly activist communities and other grassroot organisations).

Please send abstracts of up to 200 words per paper and a short bio of up to 100 words on/ before February 20th 2018 to:

Erika Cudworth (E.Calvo@uel.ac.uk) Richard J. White (richard.white@shu.ac.uk) and Will Boisseau  will_bee2003@hotmail.com

References

Nibert, D. (2017) Animal Oppression and Capitalism, Vol 1 and Vol 2. New York: Praeger Press.

Nocella, A.J., White, R.J. and Cudworth, E. (2015) Anarchism and Animal Liberation: Essays on Complementary Elements of Total Liberation, Jefferson: McFarland Press.

 

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1st International Conference of Anarchist Geographies and Geographers (ICAGG) – Geography, social change and anti-authoritarian practices

Call for papers

icagg 2Reggio Emilia (Italy) – Centro Studi Cucine del Popolo, via Beethoven 78/e, 21-23 September 2017 – http://www.cucine.arealibertaria.org/

In the last years, an outstanding international and multilingual rediscovery of anarchist geographers has occurred at the level both of academics and of grassroots movements, drawing at the same time on a renewed interest for historical figures like Pyotr Kropotkin (1842-1921) and Elisée Reclus (1830-1905), and on the contributions of anarchist and antiauthoritarian ideas and practices to present-day struggles for social liberation worldwide. Special issues on anarchism and geography have been published by outstanding international journals, such as Antipode and ACME, leading to a flourishing of recent papers and books on these topics, including the organisation of successful sessions on anarchist geographies at the most widely attended geographic international conferences, such as the RGS-IBG, the AAG and the IGU, and for the international conferences of the Anarchist Studies Network. An international mailing list of anarchist geographies has also been inaugurated.

In the French-speaking circuits, a flourishing of grassroots initiatives and scholarly research has likewise taken place, leading to the foundation of a network of anarchist geographers (Réseau de géographes libertaires), which organises a number of periodic conferences and workshops in France and Switzerland, and contributes to two important annual festivals targeting the communication between scholars and wider publics in France. The first, Les Reclusiennes, takes place in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, the town of origin of Elisée Reclus, and the second, the Festival International de la Géographie in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, includes an anarchist-driven Forum of Critical Geographies. In South America, conferences and public courses on anarchist geographies are periodically organised, mainly in Brazil, by the networks of Rekro/Território Autônomo and the Anarchist Library Terra Livre, in collaboration with universities like UFRJ and USP. This list could continue, but it is just a sample of the rich and cosmopolite field in which the present-day debates in anarchist geographies are developing.

In light of the flourishing of anarchist geographies, we propose to organize an independent international conference, to be repeated in different countries every 2 or 3 years, to create a space for scholars and militants interested in these topics to enjoy a deep and fruitful exchange, and present an opportunity for those interested in anarchist geographies and rooted in broader social movements internationally to exchange ideas and make meaningful connections’. The choice of doing the first conference in an Italian small town like Reggio Emilia, where an established local anarchist movement already promoted events and publications on anarchist geographers is instrumental to the capital tasks of continuing a discussion among scholars and militants from different linguistic and cultural areas, and ensuring discussions involve grassroots movements and militant situations outside the academy.

This conference is not only for “card-carrying” anarchists. We welcome contributions dealing critically with anarchist geographies, histories, concepts, and interventions from grassroots movements, militants, and academics.

We invite especially, but not exclusively, critical anarchic geographical contributions on:

  • What are anarchist geographies and what are their tasks?
  • Which relations between anarchism and the most current critical/theoretical approaches used in geographical scholarship, i.e. postmodernism and post-structuralism, critical modernities, post-colonialism, more-than-human geographies, actor-network theory, non-representational theories, feminism, gender and queer theories, Marxism, critical race theory, intersectionality, qualitative and quantitative methods etc.
  • Problematizing the relations between anarchism, rationalism, Enlightenment and modernity,
  • Anarchist geographies and counter-cartography. Maps and spaces of liberation.
  • Anarchist geographies and Indigenous movements.
  • Anarchism and the environment: mesology, natural philosophies and the idea of progress.
  • Anarchist geographies in practice: experiences from grassroots movements, local and international struggles, histories and geographies of resistance.
  • Anti-statist, post-statist and not statist geographies: anarchism and the idea of territory.
  • Anarchism, federalism and the concept of geographical scale: cities, regions and the global.
  • Anti-racist, anti-colonial and internationalist geographies.
  • Anarchist geographies, cosmopolitanism and multilingualism: which challenges to nationalist and parochial academies?
  • Anarchism and geographies of war and peace.
  • Anarchism and geographies of violence and non-violence.
  • Anarchist geographies of education and de-schooling.
  • Geographies of secularisation and free-thinking.
  • Anarchist geopolitics.
  • Historical geographies of anarchism.
  • Anarchist geographies and geographers in the history and philosophy of geography.
  • Historical figures of anarchist geographers and their interdisciplinary connections: histories of transnational anarchism, anarchist anthropologies, political theory and political philosophy.

To attend the conference, please send an abstract of maximum 250 words at the addressscientific_committee@icagg.org by February 1st 2017. The preferred conference’s language is English: if you feel especially uncomfortable with presenting in this language, please write to the organisers in order to arrange some specific solution. Further information will be provided by e-mail and through the site www.icagg.org

Practical information: For information on travel, accommodation and any other practical query (need for childcare, dietary requirements etc.), please write to icagg2017@icagg.org

Scientific and Promoting Committee:

Gerónimo Barrera

Béatrice Collignon

Amir El-Hakim

Fabrizio Eva

Federico Ferretti

Anthony Ince

Marcelo Lopes de Souza

Patrick Minder

Joanne Norcup

Philippe Pelletier

Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg

Adriano Skoda

Vanessa Sloan Morgan

Simon Springer

Francisco Toro

Gian Maria Valent

Richard White

Patricia Wood

Local organisation committee:

Eliana Bartoli

Arturo Bertoldi

Lorenzo Coniglione

Fabio Dolci

Andrea Ferrari

Simone Ruini

Gian Maria Valent

 

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CFP: The Interdisciplinary Promise of Anarchist Geographies

Loughborough University, U.K. – 14-16 September 2016

The Interdisciplinary Promise of Anarchist Geographies

Panel Organisers

Richard J White (Richard.White@shu.ac.uk)

Federico Ferretti (Federico.Ferretti@ucd.ie)

and Ant Ince (InceA@cardiff.ac.uk)Anarchist Geographers : Kropotkin and Reclus

Call for Papers

Such revolutionary ideas clearly have strong implications for the organization of a space-economy; in fact, their implementation requires the creation of an entirely new landscape.” (Myrna Breitbart 1975: 44)


At a time of unfolding intersectional crises – political, economic, social, and environmental crises – a vigorous and exciting resurgence of anarchist praxis within human geography continues to gain momentum and visibility. The positioning of anarchist geography/ers at the cutting edge(s) of critical praxis has been evident in many ways, not least with notable special issues dedicated to anarchist geographies, including Antipode (Springer et al. 2012); and ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies (Anarchist and Autonomous Marxist Geographies). A significant trilogy dedicated to anarchist geography, focusing in particular on The Radicalization of Pedagogy (Springer et al, 2016); Theories of Resistance (Souza et al, 2016); The Practice of Freedom (White et al, 2016) will be published later this year.


Moving confidently and constructively toward new radical and “anarchist” spaces has allowed geographical imaginations and prefigurative spatial practices to flourish. In keeping with the spirit of the great anarchist geographers of yesteryear, most notably Élisée Reclus and Peter Kropotkin, these contemporary anarchist lines of flight offer original value and perspective concerning both (i) ‘how’ we can more critically understand the intersectional natures of violence and oppression and (ii) how we can creatively envision and co-create a spatially emancipated society rooted in social justice for all.
Against this background the Panel is keen to support papers that critically reflect on the inter-disciplinary promise of anarchist geographies. For example what are particularly anarchist criticisms of disciplinary/ intellectual frontiers and boundaries? How can anarchist geographers better position themselves to recognise and embrace new possibilities for collaborative, multidisciplinary conversations, and expressions of solidarity across other disciplines, and activist communities? What excellent intersectional/ inter-disciplinary approaches and practice already exists “out there” that could be learned from, and with? Indeed, drawing careful attention toward the central conference themes of anarcho-feminism, exclusion and marginalisation, we would particularly welcome critical responses to the questions of ‘who gets to be an anarchist geographer’, and ‘who gets to do anarchist geography’ (interdisciplinary, or otherwise)?

Broader areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Intersectionality and anarchist geographies
• Interdisciplinary studies and anarchist geographies
• Anarcho-feminist geography/ies
• Anarchist spaces within higher education
• Anarchist anti-colonial and postcolonial geographies and anarchist cosmopolitanism
• Anarchist descriptions and analysis of the intersectional crisis of neoliberalism, and visions of post-capitalist worlds.
• Exploring the motivations of anarchists and the relations between affect, emotion and radical politics.
• Anarchist geographies and the politics of total liberation.
We welcome relevant papers, or alternative forms of presentation, from within geography and wider inter-disciplinary departments, as well as sources from beyond the academy (particularly activist communities and other grassroot organisations).

If you would like to contribute to this session please send abstracts (250 word limit) or ideas to Richard J White (Richard.White@shu.ac.uk), Federico Ferretti (federico.ferretti@ucd.ie and Anthony Ince (InceA@cardiff.ac.uk) by Monday March 7th 2016.

References

Breitbart, M. (1975). Impressions of an Anarchist Landscape. Antipode, 7: 44–49.

Springer, S. Ince, A. Pickerill, J. Brown, G. and Barker, A.J. (2012) Reanimating Anarchist Geographies: A New Burst of Colour. Antipode Vol. 44(5), pp. 1501-1604

Springer, S., White R. J., Souza, M. L. de. eds. (2016). The Radicalization of Pedagogy: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Souza, M. L. de, White R. J., Springer, S. eds. (2016). Theories of Resistance: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

White R. J., Springer, S., Souza, M. L. de. eds. (2016). The Practice of Freedom: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

Conference details: http://anarchist-studies-network.org.uk/

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Call for Papers (deadline Aug 15 2015) : Protest and activism without organisation.

Call for Papers: Protest and Activism with(out) organisation

Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

The economic, political, social, cultural and environmental crises of our time continue to provoke and inspire a remarkable range of social movements into existence. These multiple forms of protest and activism express and embody a politics of hope – captured both in alternative narratives that envisage new post-crisis possibilities, and through the physicality of collective and popular resistance. In this context, the Special Issue of The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy is particularly intend on interrogating the socio-spatial forms of ‘organisation’ that underpin protest and activism. When taking a closer look at the organisational nature across these activist landscapes for example, it becomes apparent that resistance led through membership-based, co-ordinated hierarchical organisations (e.g. Trade Unions, NGOs) still retains an important visibility and influence in agitating for change. However, in addition perhaps, and in some meaningful way beyond, these more traditional forms of organised resistance, there exists important diverse and spontaneous forms of everyday activism, one, perhaps, consistent with a more horizontal and anarchistic praxis of self-organisation.

Questioning the relationship between activism with – and without – organisation throws up some interesting and important inter-disciplinary questions. At the most fundamental level it gives us cause to interrogate the very idea of activism: where does activism begin and end? Who gets to be an activist? Seeking to engage a more nuanced understanding of the differences between organized and unorganized forms of activism, provokes the question of how informal experiences of activism, encourage engagement with more organised forms of activism (and vice versa). Is the relationship between the two antagonistic, competitive or complementary to each other? How are organisational forms of activism dictated to by specific social and spatial temporalities, particularly at a time of crisis? Indeed in these (post)modern times is it meaningful to frame the organisation of activism within a binary relationship (either formal or informal)? Rather should we be encouraged to consider them on an organisational spectrum of difference (more formal, less formal and so on)? If desirable, how can a more informed complex understanding of the organisational natures of activism allow us to better recognise, value, strengthen and link up different types of patterns of activism and resistance?

To these ends we welcome papers of up to 8000 words addressing empirical or theoretical aspects focused on organisation of activism and protest, past and present, situated in any part of the world and at any scale.

Deadlines:

Please send 250-300 word abstracts directly to the Guest Editors, Richard White (richard.white@shu.ac.uk) and Tricia Wood (pwood@yorku.ca ) by 15 August 2015.

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Call for Papers – AAG Chicago 2015 – Geographies of activism and protest

Call for Papers: Geographies of activism and protest

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

Chicago, April 21-25, 2015

Session Organizers: Tricia Wood (York University, Canada) and Richard J White (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)

The world has witnessed many significant large-scale protests, and highly effective (anonymous, individual) forms of direct activism in recent years.  A few particularly visible examples of these would include the ongoing anti-government and anti-austerity protests in Spain, Argentina, Greece, Libya, Turkey, Thailand; the Occupy movement; and UK student-led protests against higher tuition fees and the rampant commodification of higher education.  By successfully engaging with alternative forms of governance and radical democracy that take place in a meaningful way beyond the State, these geographies of activism and protests continue to inspire new expressions of identity, relationships, resistance and solidarity into being. However, unsurprisingly, the (perceived) success and traction that these popular protests movements have gained and stand to gain can also be demonstrated in the increased forms of (state) surveillance, militarization of police forces, and other highly aggressive and intrusive forms of censorship and repression.

At a time of seemingly entrenched economic, political, social and environmental crises, it is vital that these radical forms of activism and protest continue to challenge and incite the popular imagination, and foreground “alternative” futures that are not only desirable, but are both practical and enactable. In this context, the session seeks to underscore what geographers and spatial analysis can contribute to our understanding of dissenting political action.

Some questions that we would like to encourage greater reflection on include:

  • What creates the possibility of protest?
  • What are the political and social conditions that tip frustration over into action?
  • What kinds of subjectivity make dissent possible?
  • Where does activism begin and end? What are the relationships between individual acts of activism (without organisation) and more organised forms of activism?
  • At what point does activism and protest beyond the State become necessary?
  • Can an individual ‘do activism’ without ‘becoming an activist’?
  • What role do activist organizations play in mobilizing protests?
  • What is the importance of the protest camp, and other forms of encampment, within contemporary social movement tactics?
  • How does the built landscape affect the possibilities?
  • What makes activism a “success” or “failure”?
  • Are large-scale protests more significant or effective?
  • What role(s) does media coverage play in our understandings of public protest?

We welcome papers addressing empirical or theoretical aspects of the geographies of activism and protest, in any part of the world and at any scale.

Please send your proposed title, abstract (250 words) and conference pin number if known to Tricia (pwood@yorku.ca) and Richard (richard.white@shu.ac.uk) by October 15, 2014.  For further information and guidance on AAG submissions see: http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/call_for_papers

Occupy! Zuccotti Park, New York, March 2012

Occupy! Zuccotti Park, New York, March 2012

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