Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies International Conference 2017 November 15-18, 2017 Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago – Chile

A mojor confernce on eco-futures!

Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies

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Knowledge / Culture / Ecologies International Conference - Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile - November 15-18 2017 written over aerial view of Earth.

Ecology is one of today’s major ideological fields of operation. Ecological change and catastrophe are proliferating in a world in flux and crisis. Emerging worlds and new socio-ecological assemblages are creating forms of interspecies intimacy and environmental emergency that challenge existing knowledge practices and demand different modes of collaborating and acting. If life on earth is changing for everybody and everything how can we invent different habitats, milieus, ways of being together that enable more things to matter and make a difference? How are novel forms of social cohesion emerging around socio-environmental conflicts and justice? What experimental knowledge and political practices do we need to understand these emergent socio-ecologies and provoke new ones? And how do these profound earthly challenges intersect with obdurate and unevenly distributed forms of violence and inequality/exploitation particularly in the ‘global south’?

As the idea of the ecological has undergone massive renovation across numerous disciplines from geography to philosophy to science and beyond, the key aim of this conference is to explore current transformations in socioecologies and to generate knowledge practices capable of understanding their formation and complex reverberations. These conceptual shifts have not only extended the metaphorical impact of the ecological but also its analytical force. What this new ecological thinking foregrounds is the value of knowledge and methods capable of challenging the boundaries between the social and physical, human and non-human, and material and non-material.

The focus of the conference is on six major themes:

  • Socio territorial conflicts & ecologies of social cohesion
  • Anthropocene ecologies
  • Energy ecologies and infrastructures in everyday life
  • Ecologies of urbanism
  • Decolonial ecological politics & Post-capitalist ecologies
  • Ecological imaginaries, experimentation & design ecologies

KCE 2017 will host in Santiago engaged academics, practitioners, scholars and activists from a range of backgrounds and knowledge institutions to debate the shifting reckonings with nature and other species-being in historical, contemporary and future scenarios of crisis and creativity; environmental justice and inequality; infrastructures; community solidarities; or the ecological politics of local/global socio-environmental change.

We invite interdisciplinary panels addressing a wide range of themes in the environmental social sciences and humanities and from a broad range of disciplines – including geography, sociology, anthropology, STS, cultural studies, environmental humanities, philosophy, history, creative arts, media studies, design, politics, and environmental studies. Contributions from engaged scientists, policy-makers, not-for-profit actors, activists, maker communities and other forms of p2p practitioners are also encouraged.

Panels can be proposed as Open Panels (only a title and brief description and a minimum of 1 paper and maximum of two papers) or Curated Panels (with a title and a maximum of four pre-agreed papers within them). Sessions run for 90 minutes. Individual papers should not exceed 20 minutes. Panel and paper proposals can be submitted in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Please note than only keynote talks and panels will have simultaneous translation english-spanish. We encourage presenters to prepare handouts and slides in English (if presenting in Spanish or Portuguese) and in Spanish (if presenting in English or Portuguese) to facilitate linguistic diversity in the section and to engage with the conference location.

Artists, activists, academics, designers are encouraged to submit films, photographs, audio works, installations and web-based formats that speak to the core themes of the conference. Submissions may be in any language but if not in Spanish or English they must include subtitles.

On submission of the proposal, only the proposing author will receive an email confirming receipt. The conference organising committee will assess all proposals anonymously and communicate results by the due date.

More information is available in the conference website knowledgeculture.org. For any further information, please contact: kcechile2017@gmail.com

Invited Speakers

  • Arturo Escobar (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Marisol de la Cadena (University of California, Davies)
  • Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester)
  • Eduardo Gudynas (Latin American Centre for Social Ecology, Uruguay)
  • Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney University)
  • Natasha Myers (York University)
  • Cymene Howe (Rice University)
  • Noortje Marres (University of Warwick)
  • Vinciane Despret (Université de Liège)

Important Dates

  • April 21: Deadline for submitting Panel Proposals
  • May 26: Deadline for submitting Papers and Audiovisual proposals
  • June 23: Confirmation of Acceptance of Panels, Papers and Audiovisual proposals
  • July 28: Early Bird Registrations Close
  • August 25: Registrations close
  • October 2017: Full Program announced
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About Owain Jones

I work at Bath Spa University as a Professor of Environmental Humanities. I also write songs and help stage a range of live music with others. I am Chair and Programmer for Priston Festival.
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