Call for Abstracts: African Environmental Politics
Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:13 PM
ISA Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24)
Virtual Symposium

Weathering extremes:African environmental politics in a destabilized world

Faced with multiple, overlaying global, regional, and local crises, how are environmental policymakers, advocates, practitioners, citizens, and other stakeholders taking up environmental concerns across Africa today? Climate change, coastal and riparian flooding, drought/ water scarcity/ water pollution, locust invasions, agricultural crop failure, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and soil degradation and loss represent just some of the continent’s pressing environmental issues. These are exacerbated by pandemics, authoritarianism, extremism, civil strife, climate-induced migration, urbanization, economic devastation, gender inequality, and poverty, to name just a few. In a dynamic global political economy, superpowers shift hegemonic power and historical roles, ascendant or resurgent regional powers contend for influence, and social movements press to redefine power relations. At the same time, broad-based cooperation and collaboration remains as important as ever, to mitigate against even more extreme environmental futures and human impacts. As African states and citizens try to address this challenging moment, this symposium provides an opportunity for African scholars and others to examine and interrogate current trends, dynamics, policies, and developments in African environmental politics, at multiple levels of analysis, and from various disciplinary perspectives.

We are excited to announce a call for papers on diverse issues of African environmental politics. Prospective symposium participants should submit an abstract (200-300 words) of their proposed contribution, to each of the organizers listed below. No registration fee.

Abstracts, March 8, 2021; Complete Papers, May 15; Symposium, late May 2021 (TBA)

The organizers aim to publish revised papers in a special issue of a high-impact, international, peer-reviewed social science journal, and possible edited volume.

Lotsmart Fonjong, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Development, Gender & Natural Resources        
Dept. of Environmental Studies
State University of New York College of Environment Science and Forestry (ESF)
1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
[email protected]                                                                                

Frank Matose, Ph.D.                                                            
Assoc. Professor of Development Sociology                                                                                        
Co-director, Environmental Humanities South
Dept. of Sociology
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700
South Africa
[email protected]                                                                                         

David A. Sonnenfeld, Ph.D.                                              
Professor of Sociology and Environmental Policy
Dept. of Environmental Studies                                                                                                                
State University of New York College of Environment Science and Forestry (ESF)
1 Forestry Drive. Syracuse, NY 13210, USA
[email protected]; [email protected]