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RGSG Election Results – Board of Directors and ByLaws

After the first-ever online elections for RGSG, we would like to welcome Ryan Bergstrom as Chair, and Jill Clark and Julia Haggerty to the Board of Directors. Thank you to all candidates who volunteered to be a part of this process.

The by-laws passed with 72% yes, 24% abstain, and 2% No.

Special thanks to RGSG Secretary and Treasurer, Dawn Drake for organizing the elections from start to finish.

Gratitude to Kirsten Valentine Cadieux, for her past few years as RGSG chair, for leading the group with strategic vision, kindness, and dedication and to Jesse Abrams and Nick Gill for their service to the Board of Directors.

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Emotional Political Ecologies

Please distribute. (Spanish below/ En castellano más abajo). Apologies for cross-posting. 

Call for Abstracts: Special Session on Emotional Political Ecology

1st Latin American Conference in Political Ecology

Santiago de Chile, 22-24 October 2014


Session Organizers: Marien González-Hidalgo, Beatriz Bustos and Christos Zografos (ENTITLE-European Network of Political Ecology- www.politicalecology.eu )

Although emotions are probably an element present in environmental conflicts, the relation between emotions, power and environmental change has only recently started to get systematically studied in the field of political ecology. Notably, feminist political ecologists such as Farhana Sultana (2011), have engaged emerging fields like emotional geographies, demonstrating that resource struggles and conflicts are not just material challenges but also emotional ones, which are mediated through bodies, spaces and emotions. Andrea Nightingale (2011) has also highlighted the role of emotions in the constitution of the commons, as a new understanding of cooperation that incorporates feminist research on emotion and subjectivity with institutional studies. More recently, the work of Neera Singh (2013) opens the discussion to the consideration of affective labor in processes of construction of subjectivities. This session aims at advancing the study of emotions within political ecology by fostering a debate about theoretical frameworks and action research agendas that can contribute to understanding everyday corporal and emotional experiences taking place in environmental conflicts. Researchers studying psychosocial processes occurring in the context of specific environmental changes and conflicts in Latin America and beyond are particularly encouraged to participate.

We invite empirical and conceptual contributions to our session. Possible topics include – but are not limited to:

• Emotions, environmental change and conflicts

• The role of affect and emotions in research methodologies exploring environmental conflicts

• Embodied and emotional aspects of the production of nature

• The role of affect and emotions in facilitating governmentality and/ or resistance

• Reflections on the practice of research as an emotional experience

• Conceptualizing affect and care within political ecology

Please send a title and an abstract of up to 300 words to Marien González (mariengonzalez@uchilefau.cl) by June 10th, 2014.

For more information about the conference and to register, see http://congresoecologiapolitica.uchilefau.cl/

Llamado a resúmenes : Sesión especial sobre Ecología Política y Emociones

1 ª Conferencia Latinoamericana de Ecología Política

Santiago de Chile , 22-24 de octubre 2014


Organizadores de la sesión : Marien González-Hidalgo, Beatriz Bustos y Christos Zografos (ENTITLE-European Network of Political Ecology- www.politicalecology.eu )

Aunque las emociones son probablemente un elemento presente en todos los conflictos ambientales, el estudio sistemático acerca de la relación entre las emociones, el poder y las transformaciones ambientales en la ecología política, es reciente. Algunas ecólogas políticas feministas como Farhana Sultana (2011), mediante su vinculación con el campo emergente de las geografías emocionales, ha podido demostrar que los conflictos por los recursos naturales no son únicamente problemas materiales , sino también emocionales, y que éstos son mediados a través de los cuerpos, los espacios y las emociones. Andrea Nightingale (2011) también ha llamado la atención sobre el papel de las emociones en la constitución de los bienes comunes, desde un aporte que suma a la perspectiva institucional, la perspectiva de la investigación feminista en emoción y subjetividad a la hora de analizar las formas de cooperación. Más recientemente , el trabajo de Neera Singh ( 2013 ) abre la discusión a la consideración del trabajo afectivo en los procesos de construcción de subjetividades. El objetivo de esta sesión tiene es avanzar en el estudio de las emociones dentro de la ecología política, fomentando un debate sobre los marcos teóricos y las agendas de investigación-acción que pueden contribuir a la comprensión cotidiana de las experiencias emocionales y corporales que tienen lugar en los conflictos ambientales . Animamos especialmente a participar a investigadores/as que estudien procesos psicosociales en conflictos ambientales en América Latina.

Invitamos a enviar contribuciones empíricas y conceptuales para nuestra sesión. Los siguientes son algunos temas posibles (pero no limitantes):

Emociones, transformaciones ambientales y conflictos

El papel de los afectos y las emociones en las metodologías de investigación que exploran los conflictos ambientales

Aspectos emocionales y corporales de la producción de la naturaleza

El papel de los afectos y las emociones en la facilitación de la gubernamentalidad y / o resistencia

Reflexiones sobre la práctica de la investigación como una experiencia emocional

Conceptualización del afecto y cuidado en la ecología política

Por favor envíe un título y un resumen de hasta 300 palabras a Marien González ( mariengonzalez@uchilefau.cl ) antes del 10 de junio de 2014.

Para obtener más información sobre la conferencia y para registrarse, ver http://congresoecologiapolitica.uchilefau.cl/

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Candidate Biographies for the 2014 Elections to the RGSG Board of Directors

For RGSG candidate biographies, please go to: http://rgsg.wordpress.com/about/2014-elections-to-the-board-of-directors/

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Quick Guide to RGSG Sessions at the AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa

Quick Guide AAG Annual Meeting 2014 Thank you Jesse Abrams for putting this together.

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Spring 2014 Newsletter now available

Spring 2014 Newsletter available now including revised bylaws for review, upcoming elections and nominations of new board members, research highlights, publications, notable news, a guide of RGSG sessions at the Tampa AAG and more…

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Please share your news for the upcoming Spring 2014 RGSG Newsletter

In order to have a fresh newsletter ready before the next Annual Meeting in Tampa, please send me (m.a.lelea@ditsl.org) updates to share in the next Rural Geography Specialty Group Newsletter by March 9, 2014.

examples to share:
-photographs from your fieldwork with a caption
-publications, grants, recent hires
-recent publications that you recommend
-rural geographers in the news, community connections
-relevant news from your department, AAG Division etc.
-recommendations for a research highlight
-announcements related to the upcoming AAG Annual Meeting

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IGU Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems

The 22nd Annual Colloquium of the Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems, will be held in Romania during 24 August – 3 September 2014. For more information, http://rgsg.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/csrs_firstcircular2014romania.pdf

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