CFP: Are We Too Many? Sustainability and the Politics of Population
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Final Call for Papers
Are We Too Many? Sustainability and the Politics of Population
Deadline: April 30, 2009
In-Spire, the postgrad-led journal of law, politics and societies, calls for
contributions for a special issue for on-line publication in summer 2009. We
are looking for original academic articles that critically engage with the
question of sustainability and population politics or one of its countless
aspects. We encourage contributions from a broad range of disciplines in the
social sciences, including (but not limited to) political theory,
criminology, sociology, international relations, law, and gender.
The question deals with two fundamental crises afflicting human societies on
a global scale: a crisis of the global biosphere and a crisis of the
regeneration of resources, especially energy, food and water. One of the
most controversial ways of dealing with the problem of resource-finiteness
in the past has been by controlling the growth of human populations. A wide
range of population politics in all its variants, from birth control to
migration regulation to city planning have characterised modern societies.
To what extent, and on what justification, will population politics
determine the future development of societies around the globe? What, in
particular, is the relation between population politics and one of the most
important signifiers of contemporary political vocabulary: sustainability?
Can global capitalism only become "sustainable" if human populations are
stabilized or even reduced?
We invite contributions that deal with questions including:
-discourses about population and overpopulation
-means of regulating population and (the construction of) "environmental
-planning and transformation of cities in the context of over-population
-issues of environmental justice and morality
-feminist responses to issues of population control and sustainability
-issues of climate chaos, environmental refugees and resource distribution.
For a more detailed version of this call and for details on our formatting
style please see the In-Spire website at: www.in-spire.org.
Articles, including a 200-word abstract, should be submitted in word format
(or equivalent) to the managing editor, at l.j.thompson at pol.keele.ac.uk no
later than 30th April 2009.
In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies
Keele University Research Institute for Law, Politics and Justice
Email: l.j.thompson at pol.keele.ac.uk
Visit the website at http://www.in-spire.org/articles/summer09cfp.doc
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