Congress 2020 Call for Abstracts – Submit by Jan 27th

The Environmental Sociology Research Cluster encourages members and non-members to submit an abstract for this year’s Congress that fits with the themes of the 3 panels listed below.

Abstracts can be submitted through the CSA website . The deadline is January 27th, 2020. 

Panels:

Title: Environmental Sociology
Session Code: ENV1
Open to the Call for Abstracts: Yes

Abstract: This session invites papers applying sociological perspectives to the study of environmental issues. In the midst of a global social movement cohering around activist Greta Thunberg, political debate over extractive industries, and policy change affecting single-use plastics, there are myriad opportunities for sociologists to contribute to understandings of the environment as a social construct, a political entity, a physical place/space, a component of social structure and more. The session welcomes theoretical or empirical/substantive papers using any methodology, from any country. Authors are specifically encouraged to reflect on the linkages between environment and the CSA 2020 theme of “resisting racism and colonialism.”

Organizers: Karen Foster, Dalhousie University; Mark Stoddart, Memorial University Affiliation(s): Environmental Sociology
Keywords: Environmental Studies; Communities; Rural and Urban Sociology
Format: Regular Session
Language: Bilingual

Title: The Sociology of Disaster and Risk
Session Code: ENV2
Open to the Call for Abstracts: Yes

Abstract: This session invites both empirical case studies and theoretical work that engages with the myriad of social issues pertaining to hazards, disaster, and risk development, onset and response.  Topics may include: analyses of the interconnections of intersectionality, environmental justice and risk with disaster vulnerability and resilience, the sociology of risk, climate change and climate justice, disaster incubation, green criminology, securitization, and analytical efforts at combining environmental sociology and the sociology of disasters.

Organizers: Harris Ali, York University
Affiliation(s): Environmental Sociology
Keywords: Environmental Studies
Format: Regular Session
Language: English

Title: Democracy, Citizenship and Environment Governance: Challenges and Possibilities
Session Code: ENV3
Open to the Call for Abstracts: Yes

Abstract: This session explores problematic interrelationships between democracy and the environment. Central to this topic are questions of the compatibility of democratic rule, environmental sustainability and environmental governance, possibilities for developing ecological democracies, and the effectiveness of authoritarian environmentalist states in preserving the environment. Ecopolitical thinkers have long tried to answer the question of whether democratic governance can guarantee sustainable development and environmental protection. However, addressing the question in different times and geographies raise controversial debates about preconditions and consequences of democracy, complexities of global climate governance, and limitations of an idealized active global citizenship. This session invites papers on the various sociopolitical dimensions of implementing ecological democracies at the community, state, and international levels. Presentations are welcomed that address green party politics, Canadian and global environmental citizenship and governance, environmental public spheres, (de)politicization of environmental issues in more established and less developed democracies, and the role of non-state actors in democratization and consolidation of democracy. We welcome both empirical and theoretical papers.

Organizers: Ken Caine, University of Alberta; Rezvaneh Erfani, University of Alberta
Affiliation(s): Environmental Sociology
Keywords: Environmental Studies; Policy and Society
Format: Regular Session
Language: English

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