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UWS 2012 : Under Western Skies: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America


When Oct 10, 2012 - Oct 13, 2012
Where Calgary
Submission Deadline Jan 23, 2012
Categories    environment   culture   interdisciplinary   sustainability

Call For Papers

Call for Papers

Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America
Mount Royal University
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
October 10-13, 2012

Building on the success of Under Western Skies: Climate, Culture, and Change in Western North America in October 2010, Under Western Skies 2 welcomes academics from across the disciplines as well as members of artistic and activist communities, non- and for-profit organizations, government, labour, and NGOs to address the environmental challenges faced by human and nonhuman actors across North America. 

UWS 2 will take place on Mount Royal University campus in the LEED Gold-certified Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Scott Denning (Climatology, Colorado State University)
Louise B. Halfe (award-winning Canadian poet)
Alanna Mitchell (author Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis)
Gary Paul Nabhan (Ethnobotany, University of Arizona)
Niobe Thompson (co-director Tipping Point: The Age of the Oilsands)
Donald Worster (Environmental History, University of Kansas)

With its mandate for both interdisciplinarity and community outreach, UWS 2 broadens the geographical scope of the inaugural conference but retains its wide call for contributions from all environmental fields of inquiry and endeavor, including the humanities, natural and social sciences, North American studies, public policy, business, and law. Artistic, creative, and non-academic proposals are also welcome. Possible directions may include, but are not limited t

agriculture, food, and food security
alpine and glacial change
animal rights and commodification
borders and transnational issues
climate shock
collaboration between scientific and non-scientific communities
continental "perimeter security"
direct action and activism
ecology or nature?
environmental catastrophe and community
environmental devastation as neo-colonialism
environmental economies
environmental humanities
environmental racism and justice
environmental technologies
feedlots and runoff
forests and forestry
the Great Lakes
historical perspectives
human and nonhuman migration
indigenous environmental kinship
indigenous land, air, and water rights
indigenous worldviews and sovereignties
interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity
invasive species
the Keystone Pipeline and continental integration
law and public policy in North America
literary, filmic, and new media representations
marine ecosystems
national and regional Parks
new continental weather patterns
North American bioregions
North American nuclear culture and power after Fukushima
North American studies
oil culture
the politics of meat
resilient communities and solidarity
restoration, reclamation, reparation
the rights of nature
seeds and seed patents
senses of place
technology as social construction
tourism and amenity migration
water rights, watersheds, and river systems
the "wilding" of North American cities like Detroit
wildlife and animality
women's, gender and/or sexuality studies
youth, education, and activism

A selection of papers will go forward for an edited book publication or special journal issue following UWS 2. (The collection of edited papers stemming from UWS 2010 is forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press as a part of its Environmental Humanities Series.)

Proposals should run no more than 250 words in length and be attached to an email as a .doc or .docx file. Proposals for readings, panels, screenings, displays, and workshops are also welcome.

Direct all proposals, together with brief bio and contact information, to Dr. Robert Boschman at ( and to Dr. Mario Trono at (

Check for regular updates regarding UWS 2 at the conference website: (

Closing Date: Monday, January 23, 2012

Appel de communications
Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America
Mount Royal University
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Du 10 au 13 octobre 2012

Désirant poursuivre les échanges passionnants du colloque Under Western Skies: Climate, Culture, and Change in Western North America qui s’est tenu en octobre 2010, nous lançons un appel de communications en vue de la 2e édition de cet événement: Under Western Skies 2. Nous invitons donc les universitaires de toutes les disciplines, ainsi que les représentants des communautés artistiques et environnementales, des organisations à buts lucratifs et non-lucratifs et des organismes gouvernementaux et non-gouvernementaux, à soumettre des propositions de communications sur les défis auxquels sont confrontés les actants humains et non-humains de toute l’Amérique du nord. 

Nous pouvons d’ors et déjà annoncer la participation des conférenciers suivants: l’historien du mouvement environnementaliste Donald Worster (Université du Kansas), le cinéaste et anthropologue spécialiste de l’Arctique Niobe Thompson (Clearwater Media, Edmonton), et la poétesse canadienne aux nombreuses récompenses Louise Halfe (Saskatoon).

Élargissant les limites géographiques du 1er colloque, UWS 2 continuera d’explorer les diverses facettes des recherches effectuées dans le domaine de l’environnement (humanités, littérature, sciences humaines et naturelles, études nord-américaines et droit). Nous encourageons également toutes les soumissions de projets artistiques, créatifs et non-académiques.

Sujets de communications possibles (liste non-exhaustive):
Pétrole et culture, pétro-culture
Climat et culture, culture du climat
Agriculture, nourriture et santé alimentaire
Marché de la viande et enjeux politiques
Semences naturelles et semences brevetées
Droits relatifs à l’utilisation de l’eau
Collaborations entre communautés scientifiques et non-scientifiques
La technologie en tant que construction sociale
Technologies environnementales
Économies environnementales
Biodiversité urbaine
Invasions «sauvages» dans les villes nord-américaines (ex.: Detroit)
Énergies vertes
Communautés: résilience et solidarité
Amérique du nord autochtone
Animaux sauvages et animalité
Action directe et activisme
Restauration/assainissement/reconversion de territoires
Nature ou écologie?
Les jeunes et l’activisme
Discours communautaires
Notions de lieu et d’appartenance
Bio-régions nord-américaines
Frontières et questions transnationales
Droits de la nature
Sciences et disciplines de l’environnement
Droit et politique en Amérique du nord
Perspectives historiques
Manifestes environnementaux, racisme et justice
Nouveaux modèles météorologiques en Amérique du nord

Après le colloque UWS 2, une sélection de communications sera regroupée pour publication sous la forme d’un recueil ou de numéro spécial d’une revue. (L’anthologie des communications du colloque UWS 2010 est en cours de publication aux Presses de l’université Wilfrid Laurier.)

Les soumissions de communication ne devraient pas dépasser 250 mots, et elles doivent être envoyées en pièce jointe (format .doc ou .docx).

Des propositions de lectures, de tables rondes ou d’ateliers seront aussi acceptées.

Veuillez envoyer vos propositions de communication aux professeurs Robert Boschman ou Mario Trono:,

N’oubliez pas de consulter les mises à jours qui seront faites régulièrement sur le site Internet du colloque: (

Date limite des soumissions: 23 janvier 2012

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