UPDATE: [Religion] CFP: Ecology & Ideology

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Polygraph 22â€"Call for Papers

Special Issue: Ecology and Ideology

The contemporary moment abounds with speculation concerning our ecological
future. Specialists in a variety of fields forecast immanent catastrophe,
stemming from a combination of climate change, fossil-fuel depletion, and
consumer waste. The recent bestowal of the Nobel Peace Prize on a group of
scientists studying climate change indicates the degree to which “peace”
has come to signify ecological balance; even the declaration by the Vatican
of a new set of “7 Deadly Sins for the modern age” includes pollution in an
attempt to grapple with the potential of individuals to inflict ecological
damage on a global scale.

In the name of an impending crisis felt to be collectively shared, new
political, cultural, and intellectual alignments are being forged, just as
seismic shifts in the flow of global capital once again threaten to
“redistribute” the world's resources and people. Ecological crisis has
become a 24/7 media event, canvassing the planet in the imagery and
rhetoric of disaster. From the halls of research and policy to activist
documentary and apocalyptic fantasy, at the news desk, podium, pulpit,
classroom, and computer monitor alike, all channels are united by a single
underlying conviction: the present ecological catastrophe has humanity as
its cause.

Precisely because the answer seems so obvious, we want to know: why now?
Where are the points of antagonism in the midst of such apparent consensus,
and what is at stake in their difference?

The Polygraph Editorial Collective invites papers concerning any aspect of
ecology's relationship to ideology, both interrogating ecology as a
location for critique of global capitalism and analyzing the ways in which
ecology functions as an ideology in its own right.

Potential areas of interest include:

Political Ecology
Globalization and ecology
Marxism and ecology
“Environmental accounting” as a challenge to the free market
Ecology and capital / consumerism
Ecology as growth market

Peak oil and climate change
Biofuels and the food crisis
Overpopulation and Neo-Malthusianism
Ecology as a rhetoric of control
Figurations of eco-disaster in popular culture

Religion and Ecology
Green apocalypticism and green evangelism
Ecology and world religion

Ecology and gender
Recent articulations of eco-feminism
Eco- & transnational feminisms
Women's work and the global chain of production
Agricultural work and reproduction

Ecologies against ecologies
“Light” vs. “dark green” environmentalism (i.e. deep ecology)
Primitivism and technofuturism
The status of international Green movements
Polygraph welcomes work from a variety of different disciplines, including
critical geography, cultural anthropology, political economy, political
theology, science studies, and systems theory. We also encourage the
submission of a variety of formats and genres: i.e. field reports, surveys,
interviews, photography, essays, etc.


December 31, 2008


Gerry Canavan
Lisa Klarr
Ryan Vu



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