POLLEN 2018 | CfP ‘Securing Green, Greening security: Examining the Intersection of Green Economies and Green Securities’

New panel announced for POLLEN 2018 Conference: 'Securing Green, Greening security: Examining the Intersection of Green Economies and Green Securities'. Organisers: Francis Masse, Brock Bersaglio and Rosaleen Duffy. Call for Papers now open, deadline 06 Dec 2017.

Call for Papers: Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Biennial Conference, Oslo, 20–22 June 2018.

Panel: Securing Green, Greening security: Examining the Intersection of Green Economies and Green Securities 

Organisers: Francis Masse (York University), Brock Bersaglio and  Rosaleen Duffy (University of Sheffield)

Abstract deadline: 06 December 2017


Analyses of green militarisation, related practices of securitisation, and the green economies they are embedded in have become an important focus in political-ecological work on biodiversity conservation (Büscher & Ramutsindela, 2015; Duffy, 2014; 2016; Lunstrum, 2014). Although some of this work is explicit about combining analyses of green economy practices and securitisation practices (Cavanagh et al., 2015; Dunlap & Fairhead, 2014; Massé & Lunstrum, 2016), the interplay between green economies and green securities in different places, spaces, and times warrants ongoing investigation. Accordingly, this panel aims to bring together papers that examine the intersection of green economies and green securities (broadly understood).

Towards this objective, this panel draws inspiration from existing work that examines the related practices and processes associated with ‘securing green’ and ‘greening security’. For example, Massé and Lunstrum (2016) understand efforts to secure green as entailing both the acquisition of land and biodiversity and the practice of securing such acquisitions using (para-)military practices and technologies – a phenomenon they call “accumulation by securitisation”. Relatedly, some political ecologists examine how efforts to secure green end up (re-)producing certain forms of violence in different places, spaces, and times (Bersaglio, forthcoming; Büscher & Ramutsindela, 2015; Devine, 2014; Ojeda, 2012). Concerning efforts of green security, this panel is motivated by recent work that engages with the spectacle of green militarisation (Igoe, 2017; Marijnen & Verweijen, 2016; McClanahan & Wall, 2016). Insights into green security are also derived from work that considers the markets and patterns of accumulation that are emerging with growing demand for new partnerships and technologies for securing conservation areas or green investments (Adams, 2017; Labban, 2011; Lunstrum, forthcoming; Parenti, 2011).

With this in mind, we seek papers that consider the different places, spaces, or times in which green economies and green securities intersect. We welcome papers that make empirical, methodological, or theoretical contributions to the work outlined above – or to other relevant literatures. Paper topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, themes such as: intersectionality (e.g. class/ethnicity/gender/race/sexuality/etc.) at the intersection of green economy and green security practices; the spatial and temporal workings of green violence; the interplay between green economies, green securities, and ethnic, nation, or state identities; the geopolitics of green security practices; as well as the various ways that nature might become enrolled in green militarisation, security, or violence more broadly. In short, this panel seeks to build on existing and developing debates to examine the myriad ways that efforts to develop green economies and the intensification of conservation’s securitisation and militarisation articulate and give rise to new political economies, market dynamics, accumulation possibilities, changing conservation/security spatialities, and familiar and novel forms of violence and dispossession.

The following questions offer some additional guidance into potential topics, themes, and questions that submissions might focus on:

  • How, and to what extent, are green economies and green securities ‘co-consistituted’? What is the interplay between green economies, securities, and violence in particular places, spaces, and times?
  • What new markets, values, and patterns of accumulation are emerging with securitisation practices in/around conservation areas or green investments? What are the implications for wider political ecologies and economies?
  • How does extiction, the illegal wildlife trade, and poaching factor into the geopolitics of green economies and green securities? What interventions do elicit or illegal green economies evoke from different types of security actors and should such interventions be considered just, measured, or warranted?
  • How should political ecologists make sense of the different actors and stakes represented by the private, public, and hybrid actors involved in militarised conservation and green violence? What concepts or methods might add to existing debates or understanding of how green economies are – or should be – governed?
  • How do the impacts of green militarisation, security, and violence differ along the lines of biology, gender, race, etc.? How do such distinctions ultimately shape peoples’ experiences with green economies and green securities? Moreover, how might such distinctions influence the way green militarisation, security, or violence is performed?

Please send abstracts of 300 words or less to Francis Massé (massef@yorku.ca) and Brock Bersaglio (b.bersaglio@sheffield.ac.uk) by 6 December 2017. We will notify authors of their acceptance as soon as possible.