CALL FOR PAPERS
Examining Environments: New Themes in the Environmental Anthropology of the Middle East
Panel for "conference within a conference" on Anthropology of the Middle East: A New Millennium, at the Middle East Studies Association General Meeting, Washington DC, December 1-4, 2011.
Organizers: Emily McKee (University of Michigan) and Jessica Barnes (Yale University)
The environment is a critical area of focus in the anthropology of the new millennium – a foundation of cultural identity and place-making, a site of resources, a catalyst for political action, and a mediator of power and influence. Yet anthropology of the Middle East has been relatively silent about the active role that the environment plays in this region, as in other parts of the world. This opens the way for a wealth of potential research into how environmental patterns and processes both shape and are shaped by social and political worlds.
This panel brings together environmental anthropologists who work in the Middle East to ask what a focus on the environment can bring to our studies of the region. How does consideration of the environment expand our understandings of political actors and drivers of change? How are changing modes of livelihood, urbanization, wars, migration, and other societal processes dialectically related to environmental transitions, such as land degradation and increasing water shortages? How does the environment act as a rallying point for emerging forms of social movement and protest? How do environmental flows and resources shape the boundaries of the region? How can we explore the interactions between people, plants, animals, and climates without reducing discussion to a dichotomy of society versus nature?
We invite papers in areas including, but not limited to, the following:
· environmental conservation efforts
· environmental justice movements
· disputes over natural resources, such as water, oil, and land
· governmental or non-governmental projects to allocate natural resources
· pollution and environmental health
· agricultural practices
· environmental recreation and ecotourism
· religion and environmental ethics
Please send abstracts to Emily McKee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jessica Barnes (email@example.com) by Friday February 4th. Abstracts should be between 300-400 words long.
Doctoral Student of Anthropology
University of Michigan
firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
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