NEWS | Call for Papers – Environmental Peacebuilding Conference

Environmental peacebuilding in a changing climate: ‘greenwashing’ unsustainability or building environmentally and socially just peace?

Call for Papers for 1st Environmental Peacebuilding Conference, University of California, Irvine, 23rd to 25th October 2019.

Theme of session: Environmental peacebuilding in a changing climate: ‘greenwashing’ unsustainability or building environmentally and socially just peace?

Organisers: Sean Brennan (Queen’s University Belfast) and Teresa Lappe-Osthege (University of Sheffield)

Moderator: Rosaleen Duffy (University of Sheffield)

The first Environmental Peacebuilding Conference will take place at the University of California, Irvine from 23rd to 25th October 2019, exploring a wide range of topics surrounding environmental conflict and peacebuilding.

We invite papers which explore the pitfalls and limitations, as well as potential alternatives, of environmental peacebuilding in the context of a changing climate. The aim of this panel is to critically engage with the conceptual criticisms of environmental peacebuilding as a ‘greenwashing’ rhetoric of the neoliberal peace against the background of rapidly intensifying climate change. Environmental peacebuilding has gained momentum over the past years, promoting the comprehensive integration of environmental concerns, such as resource management or environmental cooperation, into processes of post-conflict peacebuilding and sustainable development. However, critics have pointed towards environmental peacebuilding as an example of reinforcing exploitative patterns of neoliberal peacebuilding and greening deeply unsustainable practices of the growth-focused liberal market economy. Against this background, the panel aims to shed light on questions such as

  • How do the pressures of climate change impact on the practices and concepts of environmental peacebuilding?
  • How does environmental peacebuilding (unintentionally) feed into existing conflict dynamics? More specifically, to what extent does environmental peacebuilding contribute to the reinforcement of power inequalities of the neoliberal peace?
  • Can the incorporation of insights from a more-than-human perspective aid in exploring conceptual alternatives?

This list is by no means exhaustive.

Please submit your abstract (150 words max.) to Teresa Lappe-Osthege (t.lappe-osthege@sheffield.ac.uk) by 13th December 2018. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the proposed session, please do not hesitate to get in touch.