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CfP AAG 2022: Un-Earthing the Environmental Humanities

Hi everybody,

I hope this email finds you well. Please see our AAG 2022 call for papers below. Deadline for abstracts is October 12. We look forward to reading your proposals and having another great discussion next spring.

Very best,

Call for Papers AAG 2022: Un-Earthing the Environmental Humanities


Building on six years of Geographies of Outer Space panels at the AAG, this panel seeks papers that address outer space from an environmental humanities perspective. We situate this call in line with the Climate Justice theme of AAG 2022. Amidst accelerating concerns about the climate catastrophe, outer space has come to offer powerful images and imaginaries of escape from an imperilled planet. This off-world thinking deflects responsibility from pressing Earthly problems - especially that related to 'outer space’ activities - whilst also overlooking the impact of human activity on non-Earthly ‘environments’. As colonial logics of expansionism and extractivism have extended beyond our planet’s atmosphere since the mid-twentieth century, the places and spaces of our solar system have become increasingly 'polluted' by technological debris (Gorman 2019) or ecologically reconfigured through extractivist anthropogenic activities (Klinger 2017). At the same time, outer space itself has come to be conceptualised as an ecosystemic ‘environment’ (Olson 2018), attributed with its own ‘weather’ (Taylor 2020). Following calls to ‘un-earth’ the Anthropocene (Messeri and Olson 2015), this panel invites papers that explore outer space through an environmental lens. Through this panel it is hoped that we may expand perspectives on climate justice by shedding light on the past, current and future relationships between human beings and space environments. How might a focus on outer space reshape understandings of Earthly climate change? Images of earth from space have played a key role in environmental activism but in what ways are new space-based technologies being mobilised in relation to the climate emergency – and what imaginaries and values underpin these efforts? What role has outer space played (or may yet play) in imaginaries of ‘Other’ climates or in redefining what counts and matters as the environment? We particularly encourage contributions that foreground the methodologies and methods that are being used to undertake environmental humanities research on the geographies of outer space.


This will be organised as a hybrid panel session in which panellists briefly share relevant work, findings, and theorizations; and a moderated discussion in which panellists think collaboratively about outer space work.


Please email an abstract (250 words maximum) with your name, email, institutional affiliation and whether you aim to attend virtually or in person, to the organisers by Tuesday 12 October.

Please CC all of the organisers into your email (the organisers’ email addresses are below). Whether you opt to attend online or in person will not affect the organisers’ selection decision - some of the organisers will attend the conference in person, while others may join remotely. We are happy to accept presentations delivered online and to make the session hybrid (or completely online if required). Further enquiries are welcome.

The organisers will notify you with the selection decision by Thursday 14 October.

Participants will then need to submit their abstract via the AAG’s online platform by Monday 18 October 2021 (this is a day in advance of the AAG’s official deadline to give us time to organise the panel). Please note: the registration fee must be paid prior to abstract submission.

1) To register follow this link:

2) To submit your abstract follow this link:

Please make sure your abstract follows the AAG guidelines (

3) Please send the PIN number you are given to the organisers by Monday 18 October 2021 (again, this is a day in advance of the official deadline to give the organisers time to submit the panel)


Dr Eleanor S. Armstrong, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Delaware:

Dr A.R.E. Taylor, University of Exeter:

Dr Tamara Alvarez, Jagiellonian University:

Dr Chakad Ojani, Jagiellonian University:


Gorman, Alice. 2019. Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the Future. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Klinger, Julie Michelle. 2017. Rare Earth Frontiers: From Terrestrial Subsoils to Lunar Landscapes. New York: Cornell University Press.

Olson, Valerie and Lisa Messeri. 2015. Beyond the Anthropocene: Un-Earthing an Epoch. Environment and Society: Advances in Research, 6: 28-47.

Olson, Valerie. 2018. Into the Extreme: U.S. Environmental Systems and Politics Beyond Earth. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press.

Taylor, A.R.E. 2020. Space Weather as a Threat to Critical Infrastructure. Roadsides, 3: 63-72.


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