April 23-26, 2009
CALL FOR PAPERS
Villanova University is hosting an international interdisciplinary conference on Sustainability, April 23-26, 2009. The Conference aims to bring together scholars, activists, and government and corporate professionals from across the United States and around the world to learn from each other in exploring the multiple dimensions of Sustainability.
Conference events include a keynote address by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; and organic banquet dinner followed by Kaiulani Lee’s dramatic play about Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder; excursions to botanical gardens such as Chanticleer and Bartram’s Gardens, America's oldest living botanical garden; and a guided hike on the rugged trails of the Wissahickon Valley, part of Philadelphia’s 9,200-acre Fairmount Park, one of the largest city parks in the world.
Sustainability, by one definition, means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. Other understandings contest this definition, asking whether it is too centered on human needs and marginalizes the needs of other planetary inhabitants. Whatever definition we apply, all meanings of sustainability imply a responsibility to other members of our earth community. We seek the sharing of perspectives on this vital responsibility via a range of formats, including panels, poster sessions, workshops, and roundtables that address the scientific, humanistic, political, economic, and ecological challenges and opportunities of true Sustainability. Papers should examine philosophies, practices and policies of sustainability from broad intersections, including but not limited to:
• Sustainability and the Natural Sciences
• Sustainability and the Humanities
• Sustainability and the Social Sciences
• Sustainability and Engineering: Energy, Water, and Environmental Systems
• Sustainable Economic Development and Green Entrepreneurialism
• Sustainability and Health
• Sustainability and Citizen Activism
• Sustainability and Faith
• Sustainability and Social Justice
• Sustainability and Gender
• Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
• Sustainable Agriculture
The deadline for submission of proposals (single paper, panel, poster session, workshop, or roundtable) is September 15, 2008. Please send an abstract of no more than one page and a brief bio (affiliation, areas of specialization, relevant achievements/projects, and contact info) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because interdisciplinarity is the organizing principle of the conference, organizers encourage proposals that cross disciplinary, methodological, and national boundaries. Conference organizers will provide notice of acceptance by November 1.
Conference papers and presentations of the workshop will be published in two formats. All conference papers will be included in an Internet-based conference proceedings volume. Conference organizers also encourage the submission of selected conference papers for consideration for a peer-reviewed volume.
Villanova University, an officially designated arboretum itself, is located 15 miles west of Philadelphia on the historic Main Line. Philadelphia, and its rich cultural and historical sites, is accessible via the SEPTA R5 Train, with easy connections to the Philadelphia Airport and to AMTRAK trains. The campus is two hours from New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., and about one hour from Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
To offset carbon production associated with the staging of the Conference, participants will have the opportunity to donate to TreeVitalize, a Philadelphia organization committed to expanding tree canopy in Southeast Pennsylvania, critical in a state that generates nearly 1% of the world’s greenhouse gasses.
If you have any questions about the submission process or about the conference, please get in touch with Dr. Paul C. Rosier, Conference Chair, at email@example.com, or 610-519-4677.
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