About the blog
This blog began from a group of scholar-activists that began working together under a network called the European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE), funded by the Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission. We imagined it as a space to share, debate and critically reflect on research and activist experiences, observations, methodologies, news, events, publications, art, music and other themes and objects related to political ecology.
By political ecology we understand the ways that the ‘environment’ as material and ideological category, is shaped by, and shapes, the political-economic structures and processes in our world, from the local to the global.
The end of the ENTITLE network was marked by the “Undisciplined Environments” conference, bringing together acedemics, artists and activists to speak about how we can best address the problems and conflicts at hand beyond conventional departmentalization and disciplinary silos. An undisciplined Political Ecology is part of our conviction and our hope with this blog.
We are also very happy to be the main blogging platform of the new network on Well-being, Ecology, Gender and cOmmunity – Innovation Training Network (WEGO), focusing on feminist political ecology.
With this blog, we aim to
- engage in reflections on political ecology outside the confines of universities and academic publishing houses, in the spirit of improving accessibility to this knowledge;
- give space to stories that happen during research, which usually escape from the “academic”, i.e. stories of us as researchers, activists, and of the people resisting;
- encourage more political ecology reflections on media (movies, books, fiction, novels, short stories, poems, comics, etc.), academic and non-academic;
- communicate issues in a more timely fashion and to a wider public than the academic publishing process would allow;
- offer approachable commentaries on what we study, what we learn and what we observe around us as political ecology researchers and activist-scholars, not tied to the confines of formal academic language;
- inspire and contribute to radical thought, towards more egalitarian and eco-logical futures;
- encourage the growth of the network of engaged scholar-activists in political ecology at a transnational level.