Urban Forests & Political Ecologies

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Urban Forests & Political Ecologies: Celebrating Transdisciplinarity
Toronto, ON – April 18-20th, 2013
Submission Deadline: 15 October 2012

Note category for historical narrative.

This three-day conference will cover a wide range of issues related to urban ecologies and political transgressions. It is designed for students, faculty, practitioners, community members, artists and researchers of all disciplines who are interested in enhancing their understanding of the various narratives that shape urban green spaces and the pedagogies that contribute to engaging with those diverse perspectives.

We encourage the submission of proposals that examine a variety of subjects relating to urban forests and culture broadly conceived within one of the six panel themes: a)Historical Narratives; 2) Urban Tree Cultures: Identities and Perspectives; 3) Social Inclusion in the Urban Forest: Scalar injustices and community connections; 4) From Government to Governance: Redefining politics; 5) Urban Ecology Pedagogies: Innovative approaches to education; 6) Adaptation and Vulnerability in the Urban Forest.

We welcome submissions from academics, graduate students, professionals, practitioners and artists. We are particularly interested in inter-and-transdisciplinary approaches and artistic expressions.

Submission Guidelines: There are three categories for submission:
1) Oral Presentations;
2) Poster Presentations; and,
3) Art Exhibition.

Call for Oral Presentations: Each panel will include five speakers: a keynote speaker, an academic paper presentation, a student paper presentation, a practitioner and case study, and an artistic expression or reflective piece (ie. illustration, performance, short film, etc.) discussing how this area has been impacting society at large (outside of academic research). Abstracts should clearly indicate the preferred panel theme as well as what speaker category you wish to be considered for.

Call for Poster Presentations: Posters will be displayed for the first two days of the conference. Dimensions: 2×3 feet

Call for Visual Art Representations and Photo Essays (Art Exhibit): If submitting for the art exhibit, please send a photograph of your artwork along with your abstract.

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and are accepted until October 15th, 2012. To propose a paper, a poster or an artistic expression or performance, please send all submissions via email to: submissions@ufpe.ca

Further information is available at the conference website: www.ufpe.ca

Co-hosted by:
Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto
Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Humber Arboretum & Centre for Urban Ecology

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David Brownstein is the Principal of Klahanie Research Ltd (www.klahanieresearch.ca). He is also a longstanding UBC sessional instructor, and the continuing co-ordinator of NiCHE's "The Canadian Forest-History Preservation Project" (still facilitating archival donations after 11 years).

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