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AESS 2015 Conference – Call for Proposals Now Open!

AESS 2015 Conference



We are pleased to invite you to submit a proposal to lead a session at the 2015 annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) held on 24-27 June 2015 at University of California at San Diego!


AESS is now accepting proposals for individual paper and poster presentations, as well as proposals for full panels, workshops, discussion symposia, and mealtime roundtables in which all (or a substantial number of) scholars have already agreed to participate (see descriptions below).  AESS will make every effort to group individual presentations together as thematic sessions.




Proposal Deadline: January 16, 2015.






The theme for the conference is “Confronting Frontiers, Borders, and Boundaries.”  The conference theme will allow AESS to showcase its interdisciplinary strengths on this vitally important topic, including such issues as transboundary pollution, environmental equity and representation, international connections and collaborations, and teaching across disciplines.  In addition, the theme and location of the conference offer a chance to examine the health of our oceans and the role of California and other laboratories for innovative environmental policymaking.


Questions to be explored include:


  • What are the roles of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences in helping to confront boundaries and borders that impede our ability to address serious environmental problems?  How can interdisciplinary fields such as Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences contribute effectively to these endeavors?
  • Trans-border problems are frequently connected to questions of equity and social justice. What new perspectives help us address these questions across different scales or types of borders?
  • What is being explored with regard to environmental degradation issues, such as air pollution and water pollution, that are trans-boundary and trans-border?  Are there any updates, for example, on characterizing the long-range transport of air pollution, such as urban air pollution across the North Pacific, or African dust across the Atlantic?  Are there case studies of marine ecosystem pollution and mitigation, and trans-border watershed ecology?
  • What is the current status of international collaborations on investigating environmental problems on a regional and global scale, such as joint field projects or workshops?
  • What should the dialogue with our students and the general public look like in discussing border and boundary issues?
  • What pedagogical approaches are most effective in discussing these issues?
  • How can we partner with communities, governments, NGOs, the media, to generate more effective frameworks and solutions to addressing boundary and border challenges?


As always, we invite proposals that speak to the conference theme or otherwise advance the mission of AESS: to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to environmental research, teaching, and problem-solving.



Please visit the AESS 2015 Conference Website for more information on how to submit a proposal!


Draper Talk Tonight, 11/14: What Are Disciplines and Do We Still Need Them?

This Friday we will host the final event in our Interdisciplinary Talk Series, David Forgacs: What Are Disciplines and Do We Still Need Them? 

In Professor Forgacs’ own words: 

I am thought of as an academic who moves between disciplines. I wanted
to study painting, photography and filmmaking but instead I won a
scholarship to study literature. I got interested in history and media
sociology but I ended up in Italy doing a PhD in philosophy and
political theory. I never really settled down in any one of these
fields and I have continued to zigzag between them for over thirty
years. However, this kind of mobility can have costs as well as
benefits. In my talk I will ask what disciplines are, how they came to
be constituted, how they get reproduced and how their boundaries are
defended and challenged. I will ask whether, in the humanities,
teachers, researchers and students still need disciplines. Lastly, I
will show some examples of my recent work bringing together the study
of photography and social theory and ask where one might choose to
place it on an imaginary disciplinary map.
6:00 PM
14 University Place
Refreshments will be served
Last Friday’s talk with David Hoover was a huge success! Here are some photos from the event:
Hoover 1 Hoover 2 Hoover 3

Next in the Draper Speaker Series: The Allure of the Archives on Friday, Sept. 26

The Allure of the Archives:
Capturing Vernacular Understandings of Law and Justice
Rebecca J. Scott
Thomas Scott-Railton

In this colloquium, a historian and a translator each reflect on the challenges of conveying and interpreting the voices found in judicial archives of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

From appeals presented to the French king seeking the imprisonment of “disorderly” spouses and children, to suits for freedom from slavery in antebellum Louisiana courts, judicial archives yield fragments of ‘captured speech’ that can reveal popular understandings of law and justice. What is it that supplicants and litigants hoped might be heard within their appeals, and how did their claims differ from the law as codified?

Rebecca Scott is co-author with Jean Hébrard of Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation, published by Harvard University Press, which won the 2012 Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association.

Thomas Scott-Railton is the translator of Arlette Farge, The Allure of the Archives, published by Yale University Press, and a finalist for the 2013 non-fiction translation prize from the French-American Foundation. He is currently translating Arlette Farge and Michel Foucault, Le Désordre des familles.

See the poster below!

Fall 2014 Draper Talk Series poster 9-17-14

Steinhardt’s Academic Initiatives and Global Programs asked us to circulate the following summer course description to our students.

Please contact the course instructor, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (mso3@nyu[dot]edu) with any questions.

Remember that Steinhardt courses are outside of GSAS. Draper students can only transfer a *maximum of eight credits* from outside GSAS to their degrees, so please contact Robert Dimit (robert[dot]dimit@nyu[dot]edu) if you plan to enroll in this summer class.


Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration

Course # INTE-GE.1545, INTE-GE.2545
Meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2:00 – 5:00pm
5/21/2012 – 6/9/2012
4 points
Graduate students from all schools are welcome to enroll in this course.
The objective of this course is to introduce students to a sampling of recent theoretical and empirical work, in various academic disciplines, dealing with immigration. We will achieve this objective by systemically examining very recent research in comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives with a particular focus on the emerging Inter-American immigrant system. Students will learn about the most recent trends in Latin American, Caribbean, and to a lesser extent Asian migration to the US, and will compare the nature of current immigration scholarship in the United States to developments in other postindustrial settings. An examination of the comparative materials will highlight isomorphic conditions – as well as difference – in immigration debates, policies, processes, and outcomes. This course will be interdisciplinary. We shall examine recent data and theoretical work in a variety of fields
such as economics, education, law, policy, psychology, sociocultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, and sociology.
Please contact the course instructor, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco (mso3@nyu[dot]edu) with any questions.


2012 AGLSP annual conference

The Crisis of the Book:
Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change
October 18–20, 2012
Portland, Oregon

Hosted by the Reed College
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

Call for papers/presentations

In the current electronic age, a few keystrokes will deliver vast amounts of information instantly and allow us to
communicate with a wide audience indiscriminately. In this changing landscape, what is the role of the printed book
as transmitter of knowledge and as material object? Revolutions in technology throughout history have changed the
way we receive and process information, even the way we think about ideas. From scroll to codex, printing press to
computer screen, just as familiar modes of communication disappear, new possibilities and opportunities take their
place. This interdisciplinary conference will place the transformation in print culture in a historical framework, and will
reflect upon the changing nature of text delivery and the experience of reading.

How is knowledge produced? What role does the text play as cultural, material, and sacred object? How do we “read”
historically, culturally, popularly, and what is the future of the practice of reading? What is the place of the modern
library in the electronic age? How does the new field of media studies reflect evolving social contexts? How do we “see”
graphic novels or navigate through hypertext fiction? What questions concerning copyright and intellectual property
does the digital age raise?

The 2012 AGLSP Annual Conference invites papers addressing how knowledge and ideas are produced and
disseminated. In this context, we welcome a broader definition of “text” to include electronic, film, pictorial, etc. Special
consideration will be given to submissions which address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula
and classes.

Paper presentation should be 20 minutes long with an additional 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Please submit a one
to two page abstract electronically to Barbara Amen (bamen@reed.edu), MALS director at Reed College, by May 1.
(Be sure to write “AGLSP Submission” in the subject line.) Also, please include multi-media requirements, although we
encourage presenters to give judicious consideration to the effective use of PowerPoint.

Additional conference information at aglsp.org