As the year comes to a close, we Undisciplined Environments editors want to look back at our 2019, and anticipate some of the initiatives planned for 2020.
2019 has been an exciting year: Last September we launched our new political ecology blog, Undisciplined Environments, a collective effort to unlearn the disciplinary boundaries of academia and engage in reflections and actions to connect our various struggles.
Undisciplined Environments is the result of a collaboration between our former project, ENTITLE blog, and the WEGO (Well-being, Ecology, Gender and Community) network—a new and exciting international project in feminist political ecology, involving 18 institutions in ten countries.
Since launching the new platform, we have published more than 20 original posts. Our top picks for this period include:
- The fight against the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies in Ecuador: Lessons for environmental and social justice, by Diana Vela Almeida
- Emergenciocracy: why demanding the “climate emergency” is risky, by Giacomo D’Alisa
- Environmental Justice as a Soundtrack of Freedom, by Julie Sze
- Defending limits is not Malthusian, by Giorgos Kallis
- On Refusal, Hope and the Politics of Making Meaning, by Wendy Harcourt
- Blocking the Flows. Notes from a climate action in Göteborg, by Salvatore Paolo De Rosa
- Countering right-wing populism through food sovereignty and “solidarity from below”: an example from the Basque Country, by Rita Calvario, Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Joseba Azkarraga-Etxagibel
- On Bolivia: For peace, democracy and indigenous-popular self-determination, by Diego Andreucci et al.
A key theme we’ve explored and critically engaged with is that of Green inequalities in the city, in collaboration with our friends at the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability.
Further collaborations will come in 2020, and we are working on several, forthcoming post series. Look out especially for the one on “Political ecologies of the far right”, inspired by the homonymous conference; and the “Governing water: Between commons and extractivism” series, which we will publish jointly with the FLOWs blog of IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education.
With this and other projects, our hope is to keep contributing to ongoing struggles for emancipatory socio-environmental transformation, through rigorous and critical engaged research practice on everyday experiences of oppression and resistance.
If you have any posts, collaboration ideas, or want to support this blog project, look at our Contribute page. Watch this space and our Facebook and Twitter pages for more news after the winter break. See you all in 2020.
The Undisciplined Environments Editorial Collective.