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In Memoriam: Robert Mugerauer

Dear Colleagues,

We have a bit of sad news to share with all of you. Bob Mugerauer, who was an important presence at IAEP for many years, died last month. IAEP would not be what it is today without Bob’s hard work and commitment over the years. Bob was one of the earliest members of IAEP and served as our first secretary. He first presented at IAEP in 1999 and did so consistently for the next twenty years. In 2020 he was elected to IAEP’s Board of Directors. Bob was always a joyful presence at IAEP–he will be sorely missed. For further information on Bob, please see this page put together by his department at the University of Washington: https://be.uw.edu/in-memoriam-bob-mugerauer/.
Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology, with whom Bob was also deeply connected, has just published a special edition in his memory (and that of architect Christopher Alexander), which includes memorial essays by David Seamon and Ingrid Stefanovic. You can find that issue here: https://www.academia.edu/81050875/ENVIRONMENTAL_and_ARCHITECTURAL_PHENOMENOLOGY_summer_fall_2022_special_memorial_issue_for_Christopher_Alexander_and_Robert_Mugerauer_.

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2022 Workshops

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, we originally planned to have a face-to-face conference in Edmonton, Canada. We received significantly fewer than usual submissions for the conference, so the Executive Committee has decided to hold two half-day virtual workshops in June. We are excited about the sessions we have put together and hope you will make every effort to join us. You can find further information here: https://environmentalphilosophy.org/2022-workshops/

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2022 CFP Extended Deadline

Dear IAEP friends,

We have extended the deadline for our call for proposals to April 15th. I hope you’ll consider sharing your work with our community. https://environmentalphilosophy.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/iaep-2022-cfp_2.pdf

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2022 Call for Papers

Dear colleagues,

The Call for Papers for our 2022 Annual Meeting is now available online. IAEP will meet in Alberta CA this year, and we hope you’ll propose work to share with us.  See details here: https://environmentalphilosophy.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/iaep2022cfp.pdf

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2021 Annual Meeting Information

Dear colleagues,

The International Association for Environmental Philosophy’s 2021 annual meeting will be taking place virtually next Friday and Saturday, October 15-16. This year’s conference program can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19qojStnvYz2hFVwNCfOQiVNBiVubrwj-NMcBbgkEEt8/edit

There is no registration fee this year, but all attendees are required to register in advance, which can be done here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yKHKt_xZR_yv_YkfMQ7ZtbTEFBy3SzuOEy_-9825MHE/edit
Registration will get you advance access to the papers for the conference as well.

Last of all, please remember that all presenters must be current members of IAEP, in addition to registering for the conference. You can join, check, or renew your membership here: https://www.pdcnet.org/iaep

We have an excellent selection of work this year and are looking forward to seeing everyone at the conference.

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2021 CFP Extended

Dear colleagues,

We are extending our call for papers for the International Association for Environmental Philosophy to June 1. We hope you’ll consider sharing your work!  Please find our extended call for the 2021 meeting of IAEP at this link: https://environmentalphilosophy.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/iaep-cfp-spep2021extended.pdf

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2020 Annual Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

IAEP’s annual conference will take place online on Friday 9 October and Saturday 10 October. You can find the program at this link.

All of those presenting at the conference must be members of IAEP. If you are on the program and are not yet a member of the Association, please follow this link to our membership page.

Although we are not charging a fee for this year’s conference, we are requiring that presenters and attendees register in advance. We will have info on how to do so up shortly. Only those who have preregistered will be granted access to the conference.

Thank you all for your patience and forbearance as we have worked through the various details of how to put together and run an online conference.

With our best wishes,

Janet Donohoe and Jonathan Maskit
IAEP Co-Directors

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A Statement of Support from the IAEP Executive Committee

Dear IAEP Members and Friends,

As an organization committed to social justice, the International Association for Environmental Philosophy has listened carefully to communities of color and the other voices of Black Lives Matter as they call for racial justice, challenge systemic racism, and protest the militarization of U.S. police forces. We stand in solidarity. Now is the time to relay and amplify the demands of Black Lives Matter for the sake of a just and peaceful world.

As environmental philosophers we recognize that environmental harms are often concentrated in Black communities and communities of color while the benefits for which such harms were produced accrue largely to white communities. We recognize that the histories of racism and settler colonialism are intertwined with the history of environmental destruction.

We understand the environment not as “pristine nature,” but as a place where the exploitation and extraction of settler colonialism and racialized capitalism has destroyed, and continues to destroy, lands and their myriad living bodies, cultures, and peoples. Police brutality against Black bodies in the U.S. is part of the ongoing trauma and degradation produced by the forces of colonialism and racial capitalism that continue to shape our shared society today.

As continental philosophers we recognize that the “easy” universal voice with which much philosophy has been, and continues to be, written has often covered over various forms of exclusion and marginalization, including the exclusion and marginalization of Black and Indigenous people, and people of color generally.

We recognize too that environmental philosophy has often been exclusionary. The field’s early focus on a romantic depopulated notion of wilderness is but one example of the ways in which our field too has been racist.

We support the central demands that Black Lives Matter has articulated, originating from Black voices. We believe there needs to be acknowledgement of and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of black lives at the hands of the police. The systemic racism and cultures of corruption exemplified by arbitrary police violence must be confronted and eradicated.

As IAEP’s Executive Committee we continue to be committed to the work of environmental theorizing not as an alternative to the work of engaging with social and political issues, but as part and parcel of them. We are committed to listening and are always open to how we could do better.

Sincerely,
The IAEP Executive Committee
Jonathan Maskit
Janet Donohoe
Jonathan Beever
Bryan Bannon
Rachel Jones
Jeremy Bendik-Keymer

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202 Conference Update

Dear IAEP Members and Friends,
 
We hope you and those dear to you are well in these trying times.
 
We are writing with an update regarding IAEP’s planned conference this coming October.
 
As most of you know, we hold our conference in conjunction with SPEP (the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy). SPEP, as the larger organization, has graciously organized meeting space, hotel rates, etc. for us for 20+ years now. As some of you will already know, SPEP, in response to the Covid–19 pandemic, has cancelled their conference, and with it ours, at least as planned for the weekend of 10–11 October in Toronto.
 
We and our Executive Committee are currently discussing how best to move forward. We are looking at various options (having a “live” conference at some other location, having an online conference, postponing the conference, cancelling the conference, etc.). There are, as you surely are aware, many unknowns about the fall, which makes planning difficult.
 
For those who submitted proposals for the conference, we ask your forbearance. We will be back in touch shortly with further information and what steps, if any, are required of you, e.g., letting us know whether you wish your abstract to be considered for a conference with potentially a different format, on different dates, or in a different location (or in no location at all!).
 
Thank you for your understanding.
 
Best wishes from both of us,
 
Jonathan Maskit and Janet Donohoe
 
IAEP Co-Directors

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2020 Annual Meeting CFP

Dear Colleagues,
The call for proposals is now available online for our Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting, taking place October 10-12 in Toronto following SPEP. Submissions are due by February 15, 2020. You can find the full CFP here:
https://environmentalphilosophy.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/iaep-cfp-spep2020.pdf

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