25th annual scientific conference of the Société d’Ecologie Humaine

*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 *sehbdx-voyage@orange.fr*
<mailto:sehbdx-voyage@orange.fr>*.*

*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 sehbdx-voyage@orange.fr <mailto:sehbdx-voyage@orange.fr>

&+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/>

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4th European Congress on World and Global History ? Call for Panels

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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.