Where's the Justice? Critical Approaches to Environmental Justice Research I: Anti-Colonial & Community Perspectives

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: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
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 Kiran Asher*, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Feminist and anti-colonial “supplements” to science for environmental justice 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Brendan Coolsaet*, , Lina Alvarez , Université catholique de Louvain, Decolonizing Environmental Justice 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Diego Ariel Martinez-Lugo*, University of Arizona, Pradnya Garud*, , Environmental Justice: Caste and Race As Critical Perspectives 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Emily Nicolosi*, University of Utah, Adrienne Cachelin, University of Utah, The value of community based research in critical environmental justice pedagogy and practice 20 2:20 PM
Presenter David Schlosberg*, , Sustainable Materialism and Environmental Justice in Community Food and Energy Movements 20 2:40 PM

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