Critical environmental justice, or EJ 2.0, expands on “first generation” EJ scholarship by explicitly taking an interdisciplinary, intersectional, and multi-scalar approach to examining and alleviating disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards, in a way that deepens the practice of direct democracy (Carter 2016; Pulido 2017; Pellow 2018). Pellow (2018:223) suggests that scholars should investigate questions of intersectionality (in terms of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.); more readily undertake multi-scalar analyses of the “causes, consequences, and possible resolutions of EJ struggles”; examine the degree to which inequality and power relations, including state power, are perceived as being entrenched; and better account for the ways in which human and non-human populations experiencing violence are deemed “expendable”. In this session, we seek papers that draw on critical race, feminist, anti/post-colonial, queer theory and beyond to engage with EJ 2.0 conceptually, theoretically, and empirically. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary, critical EJ praxis that incorporates critical physical geography, radical citizen science, community-based engineering, informal STEM, and other approaches. We see this session as an opportunity to focus on the content of critical EJ, as well as to refine our methods and analytical approaches to critical EJ research.
|Presenter||Ian Baran*, University of California - Irvine, Anthony Levenda*, Arizona State University, The role of environmental impact reports in prison abolition movements||20||9:55 AM|
|Presenter||Sara Perl Egendorf*, CUNY Graduate Center, Zani Simmons, JUST SOIL, Erycka de Jesus, NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse, JUST SOIL: Participatory Research for Limiting the Legacy of Lead||20||10:15 AM|
|Presenter||Tamara Spikes, Georgia State University, Richard Milligan*, Georgia State University, Diversifying Environmental Advocacy in Atlanta Watersheds||20||10:35 AM|
|Presenter||Jill Harrison*, University of Colorado At Boulder, White Supremacy, the Environment, and the State in EJ Scholarship||20||10:55 AM|
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