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Fw: session on environmental risk and justice in Europe at the next ISSEI conference (Zaragoza July 2019) - call for papers

Dear Colleagues,

If this call is of your interest, please disseminate it and submit a paper,
best regards
Sofia Bento

ABSTRACTS are expected by Feb. the 28th

2019 ISSEI Conference
Aftershocks: Globalism and the Future of Democracy Conference Participation
Fees:. Early Bird (Until March 31): 160. Regular (April 1 - May 31): 180

Do not hesitate to circulate and SUBMIT a proposal !

Best regards,


Environmental risks in Europe

Chairs: Pedro Baos Pez, Sofia Bento, Christelle Gramaglia & Ivan

Murcia University

* Lisbon University

IRSTEA Montpellier

**** Zaragoza University

Europe's industrial past, as well as its current position as a global
industrial power, generate numerous negative externalities that are poorly
known, evaluated and controlled. Although Air and Water Directives were
promulgated in the 1990s and 2000s, there are still numerous infringements in
these domains in the countries of the Union. And for soils, no standard yet
allows to monitor its quality. Uncertainties, risks and controversies
proliferate, giving a particular acuity to the society of the risk described
by Ulrich Beck (2001).

It in this context that "contaminated communities" (Edelstein 2004) developed,
that is, groups of residents exposed to pollution and facing various
environmental and health hazards. In North America, this lead to strong
mobilizations for environmental justice in the wake of civil rights movements,
pointing to cumulative inequalities (Gordon 2002). In Europe, claims are
raised, but not in the same way. Other interpretative frameworks seem
necessary to study what is really going on.

The session we propose will deal with the European specificities of
environmental and environmental health mobilizations. It will also look at all
the social consequences of pollution on the social fabric, either in public
spheres or in private spheres, from the point of view of various actors:

(1) What makes some social movements possible while some others do not work
out in sites with major contamination risks? What role does the EU and the
member states play in risk regulation in this area? What place do European
civil societies hold? What hinders mobilizations?

(2) What constraints do pollutions have on social and environmental practices?
How residents of polluted sites resist and cope with particularly adverse
toxic situations, sometimes silently? How to better account for the hidden
social costs of pollution?

The expected communications will have to focus on industrial and agricultural
pollution, but may also offer openness to other environmental issues. The idea
is to reflect together on the effects of alerts on collective and individual
behavior, but also on the issues of responsibility so as to promote
resilience, in the sense that Anna Tsing could give to this term, i.e. finding
together the force to imagine survival in the ruins of productivism (2016).

Proposals (350-500 word abstracts) in English or Spanish should be sent by
February, the 28th 2019, to and



BECK, U. (2001 (traduction de l'Allemand, 1986)). La socit du risque. Sur la
voie d'une autre modernit. Paris, Aubier.

EDELSTEIN, M. R. (2004). Contaminated communities. Coping with residential
toxic exposure. Boulder, Westview.

TSING, A.L. (2015). The mushroom at the end of the world: on the possibility
of life in capitalist ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

WALKER, G. P. (2012). Environmental justice. London; New York, Routledge.
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