Call for Papers: Are We Too Many? Sustainability and Population Politics
Call for Papers Date:
In-Spire, the postgrad-led journal of law, politics and societies, calls for contributions for a special issue for on-line publication in summer 2009. We are looking for original academic articles that critically engage with the
question of sustainability and population politics or one of its countless aspects. We encourage contributions from a broad range of disciplines in the social sciences, including (but not limited to) political theory, criminology, sociology, international relations, law, and gender.
The question deals with two fundamental crises that seem to afflict human societies on a global scale: a crisis of the global biosphere and a crisis of the regeneration of resources, especially energy, food and water. One of the most controversial ways of dealing with the problem of resource-finiteness in the past has been by controlling the growth of human populations. A wide range of population politics in all its variants, from birth control to migration regulation to city planning have characterised modern societies.
To what extent, and on what justification, will population politics determine the future development of societies around the globe? What, in particular, is the relation between population politics and one of the most important signifiers of contemporary political vocabulary: sustainability?
Can global capitalism only become 'sustainable' if human populations are stabilized or even reduced?
We invite contributions that deal with questions including (and not limited to):
discourses about population and overpopulation
means of regulating population and (the construction of) 'environmental crimes'
planning and transformation of cities in the context of over-population
issues of environmental justice and morality
feminist responses to issues of population control and sustainability
issues of climate chaos, environmental refugees and resource distribution.
For a more detailed version of this call for papers and for more information about the journal and details on our formatting style please see the In-Spire website at: www.in-spire.org.
If you are interested in reviewing a book for our Summer issue, please contact our book review editor, Carme Melo-Escrihuela at email@example.com for information
Articles, including a 200-word abstract, should be submitted in word format (or equivalent) to the managing editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 30th March 2009.
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