CFP: Bodily Difference, Elemental Difference: Alterities of Political Ecology — DATE CHANGES!

We’ve just received word from the organizers of the Bodily Difference conference we told you about here that they have had to revise the conference date and the submission deadline. The updated cfp is below.

Call for Papers

38th Annual Fall Colloquium


Towson University

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Bodily Difference, Elemental Difference: Alterities of Political Ecology


Friday, September 5, 2014*


Félix Guattari has written, “Now more than ever, nature cannot be separated from culture; in order to comprehend the interactions between ecosystems … we must learn to think ‘transversally’.” To think ‘transversally’ would be to intertwine deliberately the ecological and the political, thinking these concepts simultaneously in order to do justice to both.

Taking Guattari’s suggestion seriously, how might bodily difference and radical bodily specificity inform a transversal ecological-political philosophy? How does non-normative bodily experience— of race, ability, cis and transgender, class, sexuality— open up ways of approaching ecological-political concerns, of parsing “eco-logy”? How might political experiences of bodily discontinuity and asymmetry inform philosophical ecologies? How do philosophical traditions explore the significance and specificity of lived bodies ecologically?


We’d be very interested in papers exploring but certainly not limited to the following topics:


Eco-Political Philosophies of Disability, Universal Access

Existential Phenomenologies of Bodily Alterity

Political Ecology of Vital Materialism

Intersexualities and Ecofeminism

Transgender Ecologies

Environmental Racism and Eco-Imperialism

Eco-Political Philosophies of Factory Farming

Political-Ecological Implications of Neoliberalism

Political-Ecological Implications of Mass Incarceration

Bodies & Body Schemas in Fanon, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, Baldwin, Uexküll, Deleuze, Foucault, Jay Prosser, Eli Clare


Please send prepared for double-anonymous review in one email (1) an attached abstract of 500 words plus (2) in the body of your email detailed contact information by July 25th* to and expect to hear back by July 31st from


Dr. Emily Anne Parker

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Towson University

8000 York Road

Towson, MD 21252


*Note date change! Apologies for any inconvenience these date changes cause.

Anita Allen: Lifetime Acheivement Award

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Please join us in congratulating Anita on her receipt of this distinction.