Where's the Justice? Critical Approaches to Environmental Justice Research III: Spaces of Oppression & Resistance

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Black Geographies Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Rampart, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Dean Hardy, Ellen Kohl
Chairs: Dean Hardy


In the 30 years since the United Church of Christ’s Commission for Racial Justice published their transformative report, “Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States” (UCC 1987), scholars have pushed for more engagement with critical theory, in particular critical race and feminist theories (Heiman 1996; Pulido 2000; 2015; 2017a; 2017b; Stein 2004; Pellow 2005; 2016; Holifield et al. 2009; Brahinsky et al. 2014). Despite the successes of the Environmental Justice movement at raising awareness of—and at times mitigating—disproportionate exposure to environmental toxins across gender, race, and class in the United States and beyond, it has not yet succeeded at meaningful transformative change within the social and cultural institutions that perpetuate such disparities (Pellow 2016). With the election of the US’s “first white president” (Coates 2017), the importance of a Critical Environmental Justice approach becomes more urgent to challenge the practices of a racial state and the motivations of white supremacy. As a discipline intimately entangled with defining and practicing Critical Environmental Justice to affect transformative social change, there is still much to be gained from critical engagement with gender, human/non-human relations, and overcoming the still “impoverished nature of geographer’s study of race” (Pulido 2017:1). In this session, we hope to move this conversation forward with papers that explore, conceptualize, and theorize Critical Environmental Justice Studies.

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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Dean Hardy*, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland, An Abolition Ecology Approach to Climate Change Adaptation: Situating Sapelo Island, Georgia Under Rising Seas 20 5:20 PM
Presenter B. Jewell Bohlinger*, Syracuse University, "It's not easy being green," the Politics of Sustainability in Prison 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Teona Williams*, , The Political Ecology of Police Brutality in the South Side of Chicago 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Ellen Kohl*, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Intersectional environmental justice: Centering Black women’s experience to contest persistent environmental injustices 20 6:20 PM
Discussant David Pellow University of California, Santa Barbara 20 6:40 PM

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