International Society for Environmental Ethics 

21st Annual Summer Meeting

Environmental Change and Democracy

The 21st annual summer meeting of the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) will convene from Monday, June 24 to Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at the University of Fribourg Environmental Sciences and Humanities Institute, in Switzerland, and online. The intention is to have a primarily in-person event, however a limited number of slots for online participation will also be available.

We invite presentations in any topic in environmental philosophy. However, we particularly encourage proposals for talks concerning issues related to the conference theme, Environmental Change and Democracy.

Environmental challenges increasingly reveal new intersections between environmental ethics and political theory, raising questions both about how we should structure our political systems in response to environmental change and how we should adapt our forms of representation to accommodate new conceptions of environmental value and justice.

Environmental ethics also raises more fundamental questions for political theory. Traditionally, it was widely accepted that only human beings can form and be represented by political communities. However, with new developments in ethical thought about nonhuman animals and other natural entities, this demarcation has come under increasing criticism. Climate change has also made clear the need to consider the interests of future generations, both human and non-human. These new developments raise the question of how to include other species, environmental entities, and future generations; and whether doing so could justify placing limits on human self-determination in just political systems.

Environmental change also threatens democratic systems themselves: by exacerbating preexisting injustices, the flaws in old systems become undisguisable, and the increasing strain of such changes can lead to a rise in authoritarianism and reactionary ideologies. Conversely, new environmental challenges may demand new political systems if we are to respond adequately and quickly. These issues challenge the notion of the ideal political system in times of rapid environmental change.

Topics related to this year’s conference theme may include, among others, the challenges that environmental problems raise for current forms of democracy; the representation of non-human beings in politics; democracy and environmental justice; interspecies and intergenerational justice and political self-determination; nature experiences and politics; natural values and democratic decision-making.

 

Submission guidelines

Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be submitted in anonymous form through the form below. The deadline for submission is January 7, 2024. Decisions will be announced by March 1, 2024.

Prospective participants may apply to present in one of two formats, both of which provide 45 min. in total per paper. The first option is a 15-20 min. presentation, followed by 25-30 min. of Q&A; the second option is a 10-15 min. presentation, followed by a short commentary, then Q&A. Presentations followed by a commentary require a written text to be submitted to the commenter by June 1, 2024.

Deadline for registration June 18, 2024. Registration for online participation open until June 21, 2024 12am CET.

We strongly encourage and specifically consider the submissions of graduate students. Additionally, we encourage members of underrepresented groups in academia to submit an abstract. We also encourage participants planning to travel to this conference to offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

For co-authored papers, please indicate in the form how many authors plan to attend the conference if the paper is accepted, and which author(s) will be presenting.

Please contact us if you do not receive an automatic confirmation of your submission.

 

Program
  • Welcome & Day 1

    Date/room

    Time

    Event

    June 23
    TBA

    18:00

    Informal Welcoming Night

     

     

     

     

    Date/room

     

     

     

     

    Time

     

     

     

     

    Event

    June 24

     

     

     

    Day 1: Climate Justice and Fairness, Carbon Dioxide Removal, Eco-Democracy

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

    09:10-09:30

    Welcome (by Marion Hourdequin and Ivo Wallimann-Helmer)

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

     

    09:30-10:15

    Speaker 1: Luke Elson (University of Reading) online
    Voting for Emissions Limits

    Chair: Ivo Wallimann-Helmer / Commentator: Blake Francis

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    10:15-11.00

    Speaker 2: Britta Clark (Harvard University)

    Can Carbon Removal Make Climate Change Fair?

    Chair: Ivo Wallimann-Helmer / Commentator: Kian Mintz-Woo

    PER 14

    11:00-11:15

    Coffee Break

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    11.15-12.00

    Speaker 3: Constant Bonard (University of Bern)

    Is Emotion Key to Climate Change Mitigation?

    Chair: Kathrin von Allmen / Commentator: Simona Capisani

     

    12:00-13:15

    Lunch

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

    13:15-14:00

    Speaker 4: Christian Rhugwasanye (Olivia University Burundi)

    Environmental Policy Systems Based on Local Contexts and Challenges: The Case of Africa
    Chair: Marion Hourdequin / Commentator: Evelyn Brister

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

     

    14:00-14:45

    Speaker 5: Jonathan Kwan (New York University Abu Dhabi)

    Confucian Eco-Democracy

    Chair: Marion Hourdequin

     

    14:45-15:00

    Coffee Break

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    15:00-15:45

    Speaker 6: Giulio Pennacchio (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University)

    Sustainable Horizons: Navigating Democracy and Climate Challenges

    Chair: Ilias Voiron / Commentator: Soumyajit Bhar

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    15.45-16:30

    Speaker 7: Stephen Gardiner (University of Washington) & Arthur Obst (Princeton University) online

    Should We Fear the Tollkeepers? Defending the Tollgate Principles for Geoengineering Governance

    Chair: Ilias Voiron

     

    16:30-16:45

    Coffee Break

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    16:45-17:45

    Keynote I: Ross Mittiga (University of Graz)
    Violence and Climate Change

    Chair: Tristan Katz / Commentator: Simon Kräuchi

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

    18:00-19:00

    ISEE Business Meeting

     

  • Day 2

    June 25

     

     

    Day 2: Institutions, Decision-Making, Activism

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

    09:15-10:00

    Speaker 8: Lukas Tank & Christian Baatz (Christian Albrechts University Kiel):

    Must Climate Protests Be Effective to Be Permissible?

    Chair: ISEE Officer

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

    10:00-10:45

    Speaker 9: César Valenzula (Stanford University)

    Advancing Democracy Through Climate Activism: The Case of Ecotage

    Chair: ISEE Officer / Commentator: Rémi Beau

    PER 14

    10:45-11:00

    Coffee Break

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    11:00-11:45

    Speaker 10: Lana Garcia (University of Colorado-Boulder)

    An Ethics of Attention and Awe: Generating Democratic Decisions in Public Green Space
    Chair: ISEE Officer

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    11:45-12:30

    Speaker 11: Laura García-Portela (University of Rotterdam) online
    How can National Courts Contribute Fairly to Climate Justice?
    Chair: ISEE Officer / Commentator: Marion Hourdequin

     

    12:30-14:00

    Lunch

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

     

    14:00-14:45

    Speaker 12: Richard Kover (University of Alberta)

    Can an Agenda of Radical Economic Degrowth be Achieved Democratically? The Case for Radical Green Democratic Populism

    Chair: Ilias Voiron

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

    14:45-15:30

    Speaker 13: Emnée van den Brandeler (University of Basel)

    Institutional Epistemic Obligations and Interspecies Justice: Analyzing Decision-making in Zoonotic Outbreaks and Climate Policies

    Chair: Ilias Voiron

     

    16:30-16:45

    Coffee Break

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    15:50-16:50

    Keynote II: Eva Meijer (University of Amsterdam):
    Multispecies Assemblies

    Chair: Kathrin von Allmen / Commentator: Tristan Katz

    TBA

    17:00-18:30

    Poster Presentation (with reception)

    Ludovico Giacomo Conti, Louisa Estadieu, Tristan Katz, Simon Kräuchi, Gesine Scheprs, Carlina Schreiber, Helena Schuch, Ilias Voiron

    TBA

    19:30

    Conference Dinner

  • Day 3 & Hike

    Date/room

    Time

    Event

    June 26

     

     

    Day 3: Non-human Species, Future Generations, Value Theory

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

    09:30-10:15

    Speaker 14: Angela Martin (University of Basel)

    The Political Representation of Animals: Problems, Pitfalls and Solutions

    Chair: ISEE Officer

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

    10:15-11:00

    Speaker 15: Christina Stadlbauer (Gent University) online 
    Attuning to the Deep: On the Opportunities of Thinking with Art for an Ethics of the Deep Sea

    Chair: ISEE Officer / Commentator: Tea Lobo

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    11:00-11:15

    Coffee Break

     

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    11:15-12:00

    Speaker 16: Linde de Vroey (University of Antwerp)
    Democratising the Wild: Local Authority, Global Structures, and Democratic Potential in Rewilding
    Chair: Simon Kräuchi / Commentator: Charles Hayes

     

    12:00-13:30

    Lunch

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    13:30-14:15

    Speaker 17: Antonia Holland-Cunz (Christian Albrechts University Kiel)
    From Humans, for Humans? Assessment Frameworks in Environmental Governance Beyond Anthropocentrism
    Chair: ISEE Officer / Commentator: Martin Drenthen

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

     

    14:15-15:00

    Speaker 18: Ela Tokay (State University of New York at Old Westbury)
    Agency, Dualism, and Domination: Towards an Ecofeminist New Materialist Politics

    Chair: ISEE Officer

     

    15:00-15:15

    Coffee Break

    PER 14
    (Room TBA)

    15:15-16:00

    Speaker 19: Matthias Fritsch (Concordia University) online

    The Turn-taking View of Democracy and Future Generations

    Chair: Ivo Wallimann-Helmer / Commentator: Andrea Gammon

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    16:00-16:45

    Speaker 20:  Robin Attfield (Cardiff University) online

    Representing Future Generations and Non-human Species in Legislatures

    Chair: Ivo Wallimann-Helmer

     

    16:45-17:00

    Coffee Break

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    17:00 -18:00

    Keynote III: Ronald Sandler (Northeastern University)

    Should we Ameliorate ‘Nature’?

    Chair: Simon Kräuchi / Commentator: Kathrin von Allmen

    PER 14

    (Room TBA)

    18:00-18:15

    Wrap-up
    Chair: Marion Hourdequin and Ivo Wallimann-Helmer

     

     

     

    Date/room

     

     

     

    Time

     

     

     

    Event

    June 27

     

    09:30-17:00

    Hike in the Region of Fribourg 

Questions about the conference or the submission process can be directed to

 

Kathrin von Allmen kathrin.vonallmen@unifr.ch

Tristan Katz tristan.katz@unifr.ch

Simon Kräuchi simon.kraeuchi@unifr.ch

Ilias Voiron ilias.voiron@unifr.ch

Marion Hourdequin mhourdequin@coloradocollege.edu (ISEE)

 

ISEE Membership

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24 - 26 June 2024

University of Fribourg

Registration for online participation open until June 21, 2024 12am CET!

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