“As energy politics remains a contested issue in the Mediterranean Basin, what political ecologies and future environments are emerging in the region? Can cooperation over renewable energies offer potential solutions? What are climate change and justice scenarios for different countries in the Basin? The first annual multidisciplinary conference on Mediterranean Studies is organized to encourage critical reflection around the encounters of overlapping energy and environment crisis in the Mediterranean Basin from economical, political and social perspectives.”
Proposals for presentation can be submitted until 15 February 2020, more information on the conference website.
The Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), Philipps University Marburg, is organizing a symposium on climate change and disasters in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, with a focus on Iran.
The aim of the conference, according to the invitation, is to provide a venue for presenting and discussing “cutting-edge research in natural resource management”, and to study how climate change and natural disasters (e.g., drought, floods, sand storms, earthquakes etc) affect economies and political systems in the MENA region.
“How quality of political, economic,and financial institutions may moderate the economic and human costs of climate change and disasters? What are the latest technical developments in dealing with climate change and disasters? What are the policy lessons from the rest of the world?”
Update: The deadline has been extended until November 15, 2019 – find now also a french version of the call here.
We welcome contributions to our workshop on climate change in the Middle East and North Africa (and beyond) next june in Berlin! Feel free to forward our call to more people who might be interested.
Call for Papers „Making Sense of Climate Change – Models, Cosmologies and Practices from North Africa and the Middle East”
8–9 June 2020, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
The Middle East and North Africa are, according to recent predictions, one of the regions most affected by global warming (IPCC 2014). Nonetheless, although some social scientists focusing on the MENA have addressed the issue (Sowers 2011, 2013; Barnes 2015), climate change is still widely absent in Middle Eastern studies and other disciplines relating to the region.
Just a few days left until the deadline for abstracts: a workshop in Barcelona bringing together social science research on climate change and conservation, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), 29-30 October 2019:
In June 2019, the EnJust network – a new network dealing with questions of environmental justice – organized its first workshop on “Narratives and Practices of Environmental Justice” in Kiel, Germany (see a report here). Now, the call for the next meeting in 2020 is out:
“Bridging research, policy and activism for environmental justice in times of crises”
Freiburg, Germany, 27 –29 May 2020, organized by the Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg, and the EnJust Network for Environmental Justice. Find the full CfP here.
The Forschungswerkstatt Kritische Geographie/Critical Geography Research Workshop took place in Berlin this year, june 14-16 – and we participated with a workshop entitled “Critical Geography and New Materialism”. To our surprise there was a huge interest in the workshop – we had to change the room for the salon to be able to host all the participants. As a first round of questions showed that many were generally interested, but did not have a lot of pre-knowledge, we started with a basic introduction: What is ‘critical geography’ about? And what is ‘new materialism’?
Noch bis Ende dieses Jahres findet im Haus der Kulturen der Welt das ‘Anthropocene Project’ statt, mit Konferenzen, Theater, Publikationen und Ausstellungen, die sich an der Genze von Wissenschaft, Politik und Kunst mit der Diagnose des Anthropozäns beschäftigen.