CIES 2020 Miami (March 22-26, 2020)

Networks & Movements

Professional, Academic, and Mythopoetic Networks

Common Worlds Research Collective is an interdisciplinary network of researchers concerned with our relations with the more-than-human world. Members work across the fields of childhood studies, early childhood education, children’s and more-than-human geographies, environmental education, feminist new materialisms, and Indigenous and environmental humanities. Common worlds researchers are involved in two strands of inquiry. One strand experiments with feminist common worlds methods. The other strand features inquiries into children’s common worlds relations with place, with the material world, and with other species.

Extinction Studies Working Group is a group of humanities scholars dedicated to the future of life in this time of extinctions: “Our historical moment is one of unprecedented loss of planetary forms of life. Our research and writing is situated in a lively practice that emerges from our entanglement in these processes of loss. Four main themes inform our work: time, death, generations and extinction. Time carries the emerging richness of intergenerational life on earth. Death is the necessary counterpart to life enabling and nourishing new generations, which constitute ongoing patterns of embodied inheritance. In its current manifestation, extinction is the violent termination of these gifts of time, death and generations. Our vision for extinction studies is to engage with the profound implications of this cascade of loss.”

Composting Feminisms and Environmental Humanities is a reading group of cross-institutional, cross-disciplinary scholars exploring the traces and legacies of inclusive feminisms within the broad Environmental Humanities, and forging new linkages between the two fields.

Community Economies Collective is a group of scholars committed to theorizing, representing, and enacting new visions of economy. Members of the CEC were mostly based in academic contexts in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and the US. It includes a Community Economies Research Network, which is an international network of researchers, activists, artists and others who are interested in ways of enacting new visions of economy. In particular the network is interested in the productivity of theorizing diverse economies and building more ethical economic and ecological relationships. See also Climate Action Childhood Network.

Climate Central is a n independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public.

Alliance for Climate Education is an inclusive network of young people, educators, and supporters from communities across the United States working to educate young people on the science of climate change and empower them to take action.

Resilience Alliance is a network of active researchers and leaders in the fields of social-ecological systems, resilience, adaptation, and transformation.

Ecological Imaginings: A Mythopoetic Hub is a space to explore and cultivate ‘ecological imagination’ in dialogue with our surrounding communities of ‘earth others’.  The name for this group comes from Val Plumwood’s insistence that our survival as a species is contingent upon us cultivating an ecological imagination. This requires us to stop ‘hyper-separating’ ourselves off from nature in order to ‘master’ it, to reconceptualise ourselves as part of nature, and to refigure an ethics for living with it.

Planetary Boundaries Research Network aims to deepen scientific understanding of the linked social and biophysical dynamics of the Earth system. New approaches are needed to help humanity deal with the challenges of climate change and other global environmental risks.

Australian Environmental Humanities Hub is a central site for the gathering, dissemination and coordination of news and events in this emerging field. Universities with research/teaching in the Environmental Humanities are represented in the hub by a single contact who helps to ensure the flow of information and coordinate local activities where necessary.

Being Lazy and Slowing Down is website launched by a couple, Kimine Mayuzumi, PhD and Riyad A. Shahjahan, PhD (currently a CIES Board member). Their life project is to slow down the world and/or help those who want to slow down as a means to advance social change and healing.

Global Activist Movements

#FridaysForFuture is a youth led movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral. The hashtags #FridaysForFuture and #Climatestrike spread and many students and adults began to protest outside of their parliaments and local city halls all over the world.

Zero Hour movement centers the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate and environmental justice. Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support their vision) aiming to take concrete action around climate change.

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse.

Indigenous Environmental Network is an alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws.

Sunrise Movement unites young people across America to make climate change an urgent priority, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.