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*25th annual scientific conference of the Société d'Ecologie Humaine (Society for Human Ecology )* International Symposium *BORDEAUX, France, 19-20 september 2013* *Human ecology /en voyage/...* *Call for papers and first announcement*** The Société d'Ecologie Humaine (Society for Human Ecology) invites you to Bordeaux to join us on a voyage of discovery -- to explore the natural environment, the Other, and Ourselves. Since first appearing on the earth, living beings have been constantly in motion, colonising new spaces, confronting or joining with each other, exchanging goods, cultures or genes. Technological advances have allowed humans to accelerate and amplify their movements, to go further and faster in their quest to conquer new resources, to confirm their supremacy over new territories, or for the simple pleasure of just going to see 'somewhere else', thereby fuelling the travel imaginaries of so many human societies. In the grand, global movements which essentially characterise life today, modern travel, whether voluntary or not, introduces a special dimension: contact with the Other no longer necessarily requires an arduous journey across contiguous territories, we can simply 'skip' from the Ile-de-France to Patagonia, rapidly propelling ourselves into different worlds. But we can also take a 'virtual' or metaphorical journey, turning our gaze inwards or towards the imaginary. Whether to our liking, or unbeknown to us, plants, animals, bacteria, and viruses all follow the same routes as we do, changing the physical and sanitary environments in a manner, and at a pace, hitherto unknown. The consequences, already difficult to predict, are all the more worrisome for these movements interreact with the effects of global climate change (biodiversity degradation, invasive species, etc.). The relationships which exist between humans and nature are being re-evaluated. Within this context, the threats to the common good measured in terms of ecological and socio-cultural impacts, carbon footprints, health risks, and so forth, are challenging the legitimacy of transportation today. This also includes travel related to business, research, education, or tourism. Some of the ways currently being explored to reduce these impacts include carbon taxes, the use of helium balloons for commercial shipping, passenger transportation reliant on renewable energies, eco-responsible tourism, and, more radically, some far-away meetings are becoming 'virtual', through use of the internet and video conferencing. However, the cultural, human, and philosophical value of travel is almost absent from these debates. It is for this reason that the Société d'Ecologie Humaine (Society for Human Ecology) wishes, during this 25^th Annual Conference, to consider the wider dimensions of travel. Indeed, human ecology, as we perceive it, should not be limited to the study of the relationships between populations, the environment, resources, and development: it should also include psychological, spiritual, and ethical dimensions. If we consider the profound nature of things to be based on movement -- a quest for an unattainable dynamic equilibrium -- we cannot imagine human ecology without taking travel into account. The route which has led us to our present situation has been a long one, both in space and time. In fact, if the nature of travel is as diverse as the diversity of travellers and of the reasons that send them on the road , there must nevertheless be common elements, permanent features which can be revealed between the multiplicity of experiences and the praxis of travelling. -What is it that motivates a human being to move to a different environment and to therefore have to create new relationships? -In what respect do voyagers imbue cultural and environmental effects on their destination?And, upon returning home, how does their experience of interreaction with other natural and human environments impact their representation of their own local environment as well as their praxis? -There are other journeys -- perhaps illegal, perhaps stupefying. What do these journeys say about our relationship with our environment? -Do initiatory or spiritual journeys help make sense of our journey on earth, or of our relationships with others and the universe? -Is it possible to consider the plants, animals, and viruses which co-journey with us differently than simply as risks against which we should protect ourselves at all costs? For example: SARS epidemics, swine flu, invasive species which modify local biodiversities, etc. -What tools are available for researchers to appreciate the more intangible aspects, both positive and negative, which are also diffused during journeys (global perceptions of the world, knowledge which we will experiment with upon returning home, understanding and respect for others, etc)? -We are witnessing, worldwide, an unprecedented dynamic redistribution of species resulting in new interspecific interactions and a diversification of genetic pools. This is precipitated, for example, by the forced migrations of populations due to natural disasters, wars, and climate change, or by the intensification of international trade. Often, when examining these phenomena, attention -- perhaps because it is quantifiable -- focusses on the inherent sanitary and resource accessibility issues. Is there, then, the possibility that a different research approach might reveal other positive, qualitative aspects? -How do researchers -- and people in general -- perceive such movements? Let us not forget, then, that human ecology can improve our day-to-day awareness of the multiplicity of interactions between humans and our environment. This promises a multitude of possible journeys through this constantly changing environment. Starting from this perspective, we are looking for proposals within the following three themes: 1. *Travel and the environment (and/or nature)* 'Extraordinary' travel (space, speleology, marine environment) The journeys of plants and animals (co-journeys with humans, food and cooking, migrations and symbolisation, invasive species, biodiversity, genetic mutations...) Objects for travelling (luggage, vehicles, tools, maps, guides, administrative documents...) Travel and health (transmitted diseases, epidemics, rumours...) New forms of tourism (ecotourism, fair-trade tourism, space tourism, travelling close to home...) /Desired speakers/: astronauts, botanists, zoologists, entomologists, geographers, astronomers, doctors, anthropologists, architects, economists... 2. *Travel and the Other, 'external' voyages* Travellers (nomads, travelling performers, tourism professionals...) 'Time travelling' (archaeology, palaeontology, history of population migrations, evolution of travel behaviours, expectations, and representations of the Other) Professional travel (conferences, training, business, NGOs...) 'Virtual' travel (literature, images, internet, dreams, metaphorical usages of the word 'travel') Forced travel (deportation, expulsions, climate/economic/war refugees...) /Desired speakers/: sociologists, ethnologists, representatives of Travellers/Gypsies, travel writers, refugees, geographers, legal professionals, linguists... 3. *Travel and Self -- the inner journey* The inner voyage (shamanism, psychoanalysis, meditation, religion...) The 'addictive'journey (drugs, trance...) The one-way journey (psychopomps, from Charon -- the ferryman across the river Styx -- to the Ankou -- Breton personification of death, diasporic imaginaries, permanent personality changes...) The initiatory journey (myths, epics, griots, Grand Tour rites of passage...) /Desired speakers:/neurologists, psychiatrists, ethologists, shamans, philosophers... - *Location*:CAP SCIENCES, Quai de Bacalan, Bordeaux (France) - *Dates:*19-20 September 2013 - *Registration fees*: to be confirmed - *Requests for papers and posters* The deadline for submission of paper and poster abstracts is 4^th March 2013. Abstracts, in English or French, should be between 300 and 400 words, and should include the title and the presenter's name, affiliation, and contact details. Acceptance of proposals will be announced by the beginning of April. Working languages will be French and English. Please note that simultaneous interpretation will not be available. Please send your submissions via email to *email@example.com* <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>*.* *Scientific and organisational committee* ASSAKO ASSAKO René Joly -- Geographer, ENS -- Yaoundé, Cameroun BICHET Bernadette -- Pharmacist, CIEH -- Bordeaux, France BOUTHELOU Dominique -- Architect-- Anglet, France DUHOURCAU Jean Louis -- Architect -- Anglet, France FAVRE Bernard -- Scientific Director Cap Sciences -- Bordeaux, France GASPAR-VAREILLE Monique -- CIEH -- Bordeaux, France MARTIN DEL CAMPO Sonia -- Architect -- Bidart, France RIBEREAU-GAYON Marie Dominique -- Anthropologist -- Bordeaux, France RIBEYRE Francis -- Human ecologist ENSEGID -- Bordeaux, France SOULANCE Dominique -- Geographer Bordeaux et Lille, France VERNAZZA Nicole -- Anthropologist and President of the SEH -- Aix en Provence, France WARSCHAUER Sarah -- Sophrologist Bayonne, France *Information and contact * NomJean Louis DUHOURCAU +46 route d'Aritxague 64600 ANGLET (France) Email email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> &+33 5 59 59 51 94 Informations about this conference will regularly be updated on the website of thehttp://www.ecologie-humaine.eu <http://www.ecologie-humaine.eu/>
In the beginning we had 20-30 people come to each meeting. People represented a wide range of issues and communities and commented on how nice it was to be amongst such a diverse group, not least having both donors and activists in the same room. There were lively and less lively discussions about what function Edge should have, what our collective values are, our funding criteria and all sorts of other things. But as meetings passed it became clear there were only a small number of people willing to get involved in the nitty gritty of writing our rules, setting up bank accounts and all the boring but necessary stuff. But that was fine, because the people in the room are the right people, and the job got done!
Our starting point was the aim to put decision-making about funding into the hands of those who don’t usually have that…
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After the successful congresses of the European Network in Universal and Global History in Leipzig (2005), Dresden (2008) and London (2011), the next ENIUGH-congress will take place in Paris at the École normale supérieure and supported by the labex TransferS.
Under the theme “Encounters, Circulations and Conflicts”, the problematic opposition of centres and peripheries, which is still influential in historical research, will be challenged. The multitude of places and centres from where history is written and the plurality of the languages in which historical artefacts are conveyed will be analysed. We hope to stimulate a discussion on the meaning and relevance of relations, comparisons, transfers, and entanglements between states, peoples, communities, and individuals in a ‘long durée’ perspective.
We especially aim to involve colleagues from former colonies. In addition, the centenary of the beginning of the First World War provides the opportunity to address the destructive effects of international and global connectivity. We further seek to integrate the historical interactions between man and environment, including cultural and economic processes as well as the various aspects of material and social life. The history of empires belongs to core topics, as do large-scale crises and the consequences of political, technological, and ideological revolutions. Generally, our intention is to transcend the confines of national history writing. While the majority of the contributions will deal with particular historical subjects, some will concentrate on questions of theory and methodology. In addition to the panels in the thematic sessions, roundtables and plenaries will offer room for joint discussions. We look forward to welcoming to Paris historians interested in transnational and global history, from European as well as from non-European countries, and representing various disciplines involved in the field, which range from political science to archaeology, from economic to art history.
Az izlandi kormány már fontolgatja a teljes tartalékráta bevezetését és a kereskedelmi bankok pénzteremtési tevékenyéségének a megszüntetését.