CFP: “Environment, Society, and the Making of the Modern World: The History and Legacy of the UN Conference on the Human Environment” (Stockholm, Sweden, December 2016)

Here’s an exciting upcoming conference that we’ve caught at the last minute – the deadline for submissions is tomorrow!

Professors Glenda Sluga (Sydney),  Sverker Sörlin (KTH Stockholm), and Paul Warde (Cambridge) are organizing a conference titled “Environment, Society, and the Making of the Modern World: The History and Legacy of the UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm, June 1972,” to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, from December 14-16, 2016. The conference self-description reads as follows:

In 1972 the Swedish government took the initiative in organizing what proved to be a landmark event – the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. The approach of the fiftieth anniversary of this conference offers a timely opportunity to consider the role of international institutions in tackling the reciprocal impact of humans and the environment, as well as the history of the discourses of economic inequality, debates over rights to natural resources, and more. As an event that brought together activists and indigenous peoples as well as policy-makers and experts, the Stockholm Conference raised fundamental questions regarding the global governance of environmental challenges.

Some of the themes to be addressed include:

• the rise of environmental NGOs

• the role of regional, transnational, international institutions in tackling environmental issues

• the international conceptualization of ‘human environment’, and ‘climate change’

• the social and political history of international environmentalism

• the history of the economic framing of environmental issues

• the evolution of debates over rights to natural resources, with particular focus on indigenous peoples and the so-called “developing world”

• the international legal history of environmentalism

• the role of the Cold War in international environment history

• postcolonial, colonial, and imperial framings of the intersecting issues of climate and capital

• the UN Conference 1972 as a defining Stockholm moment and a ‘site of international memory’

If this sounds of interest, please send an abstract of 300- 500 words, as well as a brief CV, by Monday, December 14, 2015 to Martin King (martin.king@ sydney.edu.au). Good luck!

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