Paper abstract submissions are invited for the special session “Alternative Geographies of Environmental and Resource Management” at the upcoming CAG and ESAC 2014 annual meetings and Congress 2014 at Brock University. The session will be sponsored by the CAG Environment and Resources Group, and I hope to secure sponsorship from ESAC.
Alternative Geographies of Environmental and Resource Management
Environmental and resource management is arguably a very practical field. That is, its practitioners and scholars are committed to achieving practicable recommendations and regimes to effectively and equitably manage environmental resources amid competing perceptions, priorities, visions and strategies. In the long century since resource management and modern environmentalism began in North America, alternative schools of thought have evolved in various academic disciplines to challenge dominant discourses of liberalism, governance, progress, democracy and value. In environmental and resource management, the effect was to produce a greater engagement with socio-ecological complexity and inclusion. Geographers have been substantial contributors to this transition, and yet the significance of geographic concepts is often implied but unarticulated in this body of work. There is a need, firstly, to expand the conversation by engaging more deeply and explicitly with the geographic ontologies and epistemologies that infuse environmental and resource management, for example, the production of space, spacetime, everyday life, constructivism, feminism. Secondly, there is a need to demonstrate how the cultural turn and social research in geography and other disciplines can directly inform and improve management practice.
The aim is to collect a diverse collection of papers from specialists from both within and without the field of environmental and resource management that will broaden the scope of the literature. The ultimate goal is to publish papers from this special session into a journal special theme issue.
For added inspiration, the following two articles might be useful:
Gill, N (2006) What is the Problem? Usefulness, the cultural turn, and social research for natural resource management. Australian Geographer 37(1): 5-17.
Reed, M (2007) Seeking red herrings in the wood: tending the shared spaces of environmental and feminist geographies, The Canadian Geographer 51(1): 1-21.
The deadline for submission of special sessions to the CAG is February 14, 2014. However, as I would like to submit this session for consideration by ESAC (deadline in one week on January 24!), your quick expressions of interest or questions would be most appreciated.
Session organizer/coordinator and CAG-ERSG co-chair