Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies conference Chile

*CFP: Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies International Conference*
*November 15-18, 2017 - Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago - Chile*.

Welcome to Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies (KCE2017) the 4th conference in
the Knowledge/Culture
series <>, a sequence of
international conferences created by the Institute for Culture and Society
<> (ICS) at Western Sydney
University, Australia.

The KCE2017 conference is taking place in Santiago, Chile and is
hosted by Universidad
Diego Portales <> in partnership with
Universidad Católica <>; the C
<>enter for Social Conflict and
Cohesion Studie <>s
<> (COES) and Núcleo Milenio de
Investigación en Energía y Sociedad<>

*Invited Speakers:* Arturo Escobar (University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill); Marisol de la Cadena (University of California, Davies); Erik
Swyngedouw (University of Manchester); Eduardo Gudynas (Latin American
Centre for Social Ecology, Uruguay); Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney
University); Natasha Myers (York University); Cymene Howe (Rice
University); Noortje Marres (University of Warwick); Vinciane Despret
(Université de Liège).

*Important Dates: *
April 21: Deadline for submitting Panel Proposals
May 26: Deadline for submitting Papers and Audiovisual proposals
June 23: Confirmation of Acceptance of Panels, Papers and Audiovisual
July 28: Early Bird Registrations Close
August 25: Registrations close

October 2017: Full Program announced

*Conference Organising Committee*

Juan Francisco Salazar (Western Sydney University); Tomás Ariztía
(Universidad Diego Portales & NUMIES); Gay Hawkins (Western Sydney
University); Manuel Tironi (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile &
NUMIES); Paul James (Western Sydney University); Maria Luisa Méndez
(Universidad Diego Portales & COES)  Cristián Simonetti (Pontificia
Universidad Católica de Chile) and Anna Pertierra (Western Sydney

All panel, paper, and audiovisual proposals must be made via the online form



Ecology is one of today’s major ideological fields of operation. Ecological
change and catastrophe are proliferating in a world in flux and crisis.
Emerging worlds and new socio-ecological assemblages are creating forms of
interspecies intimacy and environmental emergency that challenge existing
knowledge practices and demand different modes of collaborating and acting.
If life on earth is changing for everybody and everything how can we invent
different habitats, milieus, ways of being together that enable more things
to matter and make a difference? How are novel forms of social cohesion
emerging around socio-environmental conflicts and justice? What
experimental knowledge and political practices do we need to understand
these emergent socio-ecologies and provoke new ones? And how do these
profound earthly challenges intersect with obdurate and unevenly
distributed forms of violence and inequality/exploitation particularly in
the ‘global south’?

As the idea of the ecological has undergone massive renovation across
numerous disciplines from geography to philosophy to science and beyond,
the key aim of this conference is to explore current transformations in
socioecologies and to generate knowledge practices capable of understanding
their formation and complex reverberations. These conceptual shifts have
not only extended the metaphorical impact of the ecological but also its
analytical force. What this new ecological thinking foregrounds is the
value of knowledge and methods capable of challenging the boundaries
between the social and physical, human and non-human, and material and

*The focus of the conference is on six **major themes:*

   - Socio territorial conflicts & ecologies of social cohesion
   - Anthropocene ecologies
   - Energy ecologies and infrastructures in everyday life
   - Ecologies of urbanism
   - Decolonial ecological politics & Post-capitalist ecologies
   - Ecological imaginaries, experimentation & design ecologies

KCE 2017 will host in Santiago engaged academics, practitioners, scholars
and activists from a range of backgrounds and knowledge institutions to
debate the shifting reckonings with nature and other species-being in
historical, contemporary and future scenarios of crisis and creativity;
environmental justice and inequality; infrastructures; community
solidarities; or the ecological politics of local/global
socio-environmental change.

We invite interdisciplinary panels addressing a wide range of themes in the
environmental social sciences and humanities and from a broad range of
disciplines – including geography, sociology, anthropology, STS, cultural
studies, environmental humanities, philosophy, history, creative arts,
media studies, design, politics, and environmental studies. Contributions
from engaged scientists, policy-makers, not-for-profit actors, activists,
maker communities and other forms of p2p practitioners are also encouraged.

Panels can be proposed as Open Panels (only a title and brief description
and a minimum of 1 paper and maximum of two papers) or Curated Panels (with
a title and a maximum of four pre-agreed papers within them). Sessions run
for 90 minutes. Individual papers should not exceed 20 minutes. *Panel and
paper proposals can be submitted in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Please
note than only keynote talks and panels will have simultaneous translation
english-spanish. *We encourage presenters to prepare handouts and slides in
English (if presenting in Spanish or Portuguese) and in Spanish (if
presenting in English or Portuguese) to facilitate linguistic diversity in
the section and to engage with the conference location.

Artists, activists, academics, designers are encouraged to submit films,
photographs, audio works, installations and web-based formats that speak to
the core themes of the conference. Submissions may be in any language but
if not in Spanish or English they must include subtitles.

On submission of the proposal, only the proposing author will receive an
email confirming receipt. The conference organising committee will assess
all proposals anonymously and communicate results by the due date.

More information is available in the conference website <> For any further
information, please contact: