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tiNai Ecofilm Festival 2015 & National Conference on “Ecocinema: Celebrating Landscapes and Waterscapes”

2015 March 27
by ralex

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa, is organising tiNai Ecofilm Festival 2015 and a National Conference on “Ecocinema: Celebrating Landscapes and Waterscapes” on 09 & 10, October 2015 at K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa, India. The conference is organised as part of tiNai Ecofilm Festival 2015.

Important Dates of the conference are given below:

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15 May 2015

Abstract acceptance intimation: 15 June 2015

Last Date of Registration as Conference Delegate: 15 August 2015

Deadline for Paper Submission: 15 September 2015

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Please send your abstract for the conference at the earliest through the link provided in our website:http://www.teff.in/conference-registration/

For more details please check the brochure which is attached to the mail.

May we request you to forward the brochure to your students, friends, colleagues and all interested persons and encourage them to participate in the conference. Could you also print it out and display it in your institution notice board.

Kindly reply to <ecoethicsconference@gmail.com>.

 tiNai Ecofilm Festival (TEFF) is an annual event of BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus organized in collaboration withKuala Lumpur Ecofilm Festival (KLEFF), Malaysia, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, LILA Foundation for Translocal Activities, New Delhi, Bangalore Film Society (BFS), Bangalore, ASLE, USA and other organizations. TEFF will present a set of new ecological documentaries from across the globe. An International Ecodocumentary competition will be held as part of the festival. Workshops, lectures and panel discussions will be part of the festival.  We would like to invite you to the event to participate by registering for the event or entering your film for the competition or screening. It does not matter if you are not a professional ecofilmmaker. Well! If you are unable to participate in the festival, by any chance, kindly encourage your colleagues, friends, and students to participate in it.

For more details, check:

Our website: www.teff.in

Our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teff2014

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Warm Regards,

For TEFF Team,

Rayson K. Alex

http://universe.bits-pilani.ac.in/goa/raysonalex/profile

Call for Papers – Digital Animals: Inhabiting the Intersections of Nature, Culture, and Technology

2015 March 23
by smonani

TRACE Innovation Initiative’s first call for papers, Digital Animals: Inhabiting the Intersections of Nature, Culture, and Technology.

The University of Florida’s TRACE journal publishes online peer-reviewed collections in ecology, posthumanism, and media studies. Providing an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, we focus on the ethical and material impact of technology. We welcome submissions in a variety of media that engage cultures, theories, and environments to “trace” the connections across and within various ecologies.
The first issue of TRACE explores current conversations at the intersection of animal studies and digital media studies. Animal studies scholars argue that animals influence the ways we engage with philosophy, critical theory, literature, and filmic technologies. Moreover, posthumanist theorists, such as Cary Wolfe and Donna Haraway, challenge how humans relate to animals–decentering humans as the reference for understanding relationships between nature and technology. TRACE’s Digital Animals: Inhabiting the Intersections of Nature, Culture, and Technology extends conversations by examining the role of digital media in animal lives and representations.

Building on recent conversation in Antennae’s “Virtual Animals” and similar publications, TRACE questions how digital technology augments human-animal interactions and reimagines alterity, agency, affect, identity, embodiment, and experience. Animals influence digital media by challenging anthroponormative approaches to technology use and design. From drone surveillance systems shaped like sharks to ipad apps for cats – animals drive innovations in digital technology. This issue invites scholars to explore the shared ecology of animals and technology.

Contributions should make evident how cultures conceptualize nonhuman species, as well as illustrate how digital media can either reify or challenge established perceptions.

Topics for papers may include:

  • Representations of animals in digital games, social media, applications, hypertexts, internet memes, etc.
  • Digital media designed for nonhuman animals
  • Digital imaging, modeling, motion capture, or 3D printing of or related to animals
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Animal robotics and prostheses
  • Microchipping, tagging, and other mechanisms of digital tracking
  • The roles of digital media in animal rights advocacy or ethics
  • Posthumanism and systems theory

Completed articles will be peer-reviewed and should be between 5000-7000 words in length. Multimedia submissions are accepted. If you are interested in contributing to the TRACE Innovation Initiative’s Fall issue, please send a 500 word abstract to mbianchi@ufl.edu by June 1, 2015.

CFP: Understanding Vulnerability, Building Resilience

2015 March 22

BOOK TITLE: “Understanding Vulnerability, Building Resilience: Responses to Disasters and Climate Change”

EDITORS: Michèle L. Companion, Associate Professor of Sociology University of Colorado – Colorado Springs mcompani@uccs.edu Miriam S. Chaiken, Professor of Anthropology New Mexico State University mchaiken@nmsu.edu

TYPE: Edited Volume

PROPOSAL TO BE SUBMITTED TO CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group

VOLUME ABSTRACT: As the global climate shifts, communities are faced with a myriad of mitigation and adaptation challenges. These challenges highlight the political, cultural, economic, social, and physical vulnerability of communities, groups, and individuals. However, these challenges can also demonstrate their resilience. Research in the fields of hazard management, humanitarian response, food security programming, agricultural development, and gender-equity programming have sought to understand the factors that create vulnerability, and strategies to enhance resilience in individuals, families, and communities. This volume will bring together case studies from communities around the globe, indigenous populations, and developing countries that illustrate programming that internalizes these dyadic concepts of resilience and vulnerability. Specifically, the volume will examine programs that have helped reduce risks brought on by political instability, climate change, natural disasters, chronic food insecurity, inequality, and other problems that cause human suffering. Our goal is to both foster a richer understanding of the variations in vulnerability, and to derive lessons on fostering resilience that can be employed on a broader scale. Documenting the best practices for building resilience will be a major focus of the book.

We are seeking interdisciplinary abstract submissions for a peer-reviewed manuscript. Nutritionists, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, policy makers, disaster managers, community leaders, indigenous community organizations, and others are invited to submit abstracts. The volume will be submitted to CRC, part of the Taylor and Francis Group, for publication consideration. This proposal has been requested by an acquiring editor. We will accept abstracts as well as full papers for this stage of the process.

FULL LENGTH PAPERS SHOULD BE LIMITED TO 5,000 WORDS. Inclusion of graphs and photos are welcome and encouraged. However, please account for these in your paper length. One half-page graph or photo is the equivalent of 250 words.

This is volume has an international focus. We welcome submissions focusing on all nations.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: JUNE 1, 2015

Conference CFP: North American Association for Environmental Education

2015 March 19
by Steve Rust

Building a Stronger
and More Inclusive Movement

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical success factors for everyone working in the field of environmental education. This year’s conference will explore ways to enrich and expand our work and workforce, along with other strategies for strengthening our field and achieving greater collective impact.

The 2015 conference locale is the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

THE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS IS OPEN!

NAAEE seeks compelling proposals that inform environmental educators about proven practices, push the leading edge of the profession, and motivate the pursuit of excellence.

In an effort to broaden the base for environmental education, we strive to dedicate at least 15 percent of our concurrent sessions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in EE.

Conference Strands >>

  • Conservation and Education
  • Environmental Education in Urban Settings
  • Inspiring Connections to the Outdoors
  • Research-Based Practice in EE
  • Teaching About Environmental Issues and Systems Thinking
  • Greening PreK–12, Higher Education, and Vocational Training

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Conference CFP: Ecocinema: Celebrating Landscapes and Waterscapes

2015 March 17

The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa, is organising a National Conference on “Ecocinema: Celebrating Landscapes and Waterscapes” on 09 & 10, October 2015 at K.K. Birla Goa Campus.

The conference is organised as part of tiNai Ecofilm Festival 2015. Important Dates of the conference are given below:

Deadline for Abstract Submission:* 15 May 2015*

Abstract acceptance intimation: *15 June 2015*

Last Date of Registration as Conference Delegate: *15 August 2015*

Deadline for Paper Submission: *15 September 2015*

Please send your abstract for the conference at the earliest through the link provided in our website: http://www.teff.in/conference-registration/

Please send questions to: ecocinemaconference@gmail.com

tiNai Ecofilm Festival (TEFF) is an annual event of BITS Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus organized in collaboration with Kuala Lumpur Ecofilm Festival (KLEFF), Malaysia, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, LILA Foundation for Translocal Activities, New Delhi, Bangalore Film Society (BFS), Bangalore, ASLE, USA and other organizations.

TEFF will present a set of new ecological documentaries from across the globe. An International Ecodocumentary competition will be held as part of the festival. Workshops, lectures and panel discussions will be part of the festival. We would like to invite you to the event to participate by registering for the event or entering your film for the competition or screening. It does not matter if you are not a professional ecofilmmaker.  If you are unable to participate in the festival, by any chance, kindly encourage your colleagues, friends, and students to participate in it.

For more details, check: Our website:www.teff.in <http://www.teff.in>

Our facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/teff2014

Submarine Cable Map

2015 March 15
by scubitt

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Stylish, informative map of oceanic cables: zoomable; from the folks at Telegeography. Of interest to ecomedia scholars because of the technique of mapping, perhaps the most important representational medium in the field, and also because of the topic. The sheer scale of fibre optics, the materials involved (for example in cladding, but also the immense energy needed to purify and fuse fibre and rare minerals required to manufacture optical glass), and the wiful ignorance of those who lay it (and will never attempt to retrieve it after its working life is done) about its ecological effects in use (magnetic fields’ impacts on deep water marine life) and after  (how will silicates react under tonnes of pressure in the deep ocean floor)?

‘Green Humanities’ Journal Publishes Inaugural Issue

2015 March 14

A new journal of environmental humanities, Green Humanities, has just published its first issue (and one of the first articles in the first issue is focused on a media text!). Looks like yet another terrific venue for ecomedia scholars to inhabit and help flourish. Congrats!

A CFP for the second issue is now available on the journal’s website. We’ve also added them to our blogroll.

Here is the journal mission statement:vol1cover

Newspaper headlines and political discourse habituate us to alarming news about the intensifying dangers of global warming, hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking,’ rising sea levels, and greenhouse gases. All too often, we become over-reliant on data-driven scientific approaches to the natural world at the expense of humanistic discourse. There has been a perceived schism between the humanities, seemingly on the sidelines or in an ivory tower, while the natural sciences frequently take the public spotlight and are thought to lead on environmental issues. We at Green Humanities believe in the power of the humanities–a book, a poem or a work of art for example—to influence public opinion and inspire engagement with ecological issues and causes. Green Humanities aims to place the humanities on the frontlines not only of cutting edge eco-criticism, but also of the environmental debates that will shape and determine our very world. We envision varied collaborations and juxtapositions of scholarship within the humanities as well as environmental sciences and related fields–all with the overarching goal of coaxing our global society toward a more sustainable future.

 

 

Chris Palmer’s New Book, ‘Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker’

2015 March 11
by Steve Rust

Chris Palmer announces the release of his new book, Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker: The Challenges of Staying Honest in an Industry Where Ratings Are King, which comes out this month.

Here is a review that appeared a day or so ago in TakePart.com. The book has received lots of advance praise from VIPs like Jane Goodall, who has written a forward.

Below is the Table of Contents (including my ten confessions) and the Preface.

The book is available here.

If you’re in DC, Chris warmly invites you to the Environmental Film Festival launch of the book on Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm at the Doyle/Forman Theater at AU.

 

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