Call for Abstracts!

The 53rd Annual Conference of the CSA will be held from Monday, June 3 through to Thursday, June 6, 2019 as part of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, this year taking place at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

The Environmental Sociology research cluster has organized three exciting panels, listed below. We encourage CSA members to submit an abstract by January 29th, 2019 by following this link: https://www.csa-scs.ca/conference/call-for-abstracts/

Climate Change and Energy Futures

This session invites papers that address various dimensions of climate change, energy systems, and social futures. Climate change is perhaps the most pressing social-ecological challenge of the 21st century. A major driver of climate change is a societal reliance on fossil fuel (coal, oil and gas) based energy systems. One of the critical tasks for addressing climate change is to re-evaluate and re-imagine our energy systems. However, work on climate change and energy futures has been done primarily by engineers and economists. This has produced a range of engineering-economic models, but these tend to neglect the social and political forces that support or constrain various energy futures, as well as various dimensions of social power and inequality. As such, this session welcomes empirical and theoretical analyses of social values, governance processes, social movement contention, or issues of social justice and inequality that come into play as communities, policy-makers and others attempt to navigate a carbon-constrained world. We particularly invite submissions that address the social challenges, possibilities and trade-offs involved in pursuing fossil fuels, nuclear power, hydro-electric, and emerging renewable energies, such as wind, solar and tidal power. Through the engagement of a wide range of sociological perspectives, this session seeks to generate new theoretical and substantive insight into the connections between climate change, energy systems and social futures.

Organizer: Mark Stoddart, Memorial University, John McLevey, University of Waterloo

Environment and Health

The terms “environment” and “health” are broadly defined so as to encourage a wide range of topics pertaining to the relationship between health and the environment. Both empirical and theoretical treatments of the sociological implications of the environment-health relationship are welcome. Examples of possible topics include environmental justice and health, the sociology of risk and disaster, the politics of environmental health, contested disease, infectious diseases, and case studies on specific environmental health issues.

Organizer: Harris Ali, York University

Environmental Movements and Counter-Movements

The world is facing a series of cascading and interrelated environmental issues, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, declining ocean health, plastics pollution, and negative impacts of industrial-scale agricultural systems. Environmental movements are often key actors that make these issues visible in the public, media, and political spheres. Environmental movements also help drive social, economic, and political change related to social-ecological sustainability. At the same time, anti-environmental movements (or environmental counter-movements) often mobilize against environmentalists and seek to question or delegitimize their claims. This session invites papers on the various social dimensions of environmental movements and counter-movements. Analysis may focus on various dimensions of movement mobilization and participation, discourse and framing, or the cultural, economic, or political outcomes of these movements. By engaging across diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, this session will help generate new insights into the social dynamics of environmental movements and counter-movements.

Organizers: Mark Stoddart, Memorial University, David B. Tindall, University of British Columbia

 

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