Politics of Nature reading group

A regular reading group that meets to discuss papers and books about the politics of nature.

These are in-person sessions which take place on the campus of the University of Sussex, near Brighton, UK. For more information, copies of readings, and updates by email, contact Andrea Brock (A.Brock [at] sussex.ac.uk).

Posters (click for PDF):

Forthcoming sessions

Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions start at 12pm midday and last an hour, and take place at the Global Studies Resource Centre (GSRC), School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.

27 September 2022
Indigenous political ecology

Beth Rose Middleton (2015) Jahát Jatítotòdom*: toward an indigenous political ecology. The International Handbook of Political Ecology

Mario Blaser (2013) Ontological Conflicts and the Stories of Peoples in Spite of Europe: Toward a Conversation on Political Ontology. Current  Anthropology 54:5

9 October 2022
Online event: Ecocide and the Kurdish Women’s Movement (see ‘Related events’ below)

25 October 2022
Police, prison, pollution

Elizabeth A. Bradshaw (2018) Tombstone Towns and Toxic Prisons: Prison Ecology and the Necessity of an Anti-prison Environmental Movement, Critical Criminology volume 26, pages 407–422

Panagioti Tsolkas (2016) Incarceration, Justice and the Planet: How the Fight Against Toxic Prisons May Shape the Future of Environmentalism.

29 November 2022

Readings TBC

9 October 2022
Ecocide and the Kurdish Women’s Movement

Please join our comrades in the Peace in Kurdistan Social Ecology Network for a discussion focused on “Ecocide and the Kurdish Women’s Movement” on Sunday 9 October 2022 at 6pm UK time. 

If you would like to join, please send an email with your contact details to [email protected] by close of day on 6 October. Those who express interest will receive a zoom link before the meeting.

Two speakers, Meral Çiçek and Sonia Karimi, will make 15-20 minute presentations, followed by a group discussion.  The meeting will be chaired by Dr Pinar Dinc.

The topics to be addressed are as follows:

Disproportionate exposure of marginalised communities to environmental destruction along the lines of ethnicity and race –i.e. ecological racism—is not independent of asymmetric power relations, imperialism, and colonialism. Yet, there is also a societal push for ethical, balanced, and responsible uses of land and renewable resources in the interest of a sustainable planet for all peoples and other living things. Although women are often referred to as more vulnerable to the effects of environmental degradation, they are also at the forefront of movements for environmental democracy and justice. In this webinar, we will discuss the intertwined relationship between conflict, environmental destruction, and the eco-feminist struggle of the Kurdish movement.

Meral Çiçek was born in 1983 in a Kurdish guest-worker family in Germany. She started political and women’s activism at the age of 16 within the Kurdish Women’s Peace Office in Dusseldorf. While studying Political Science, Sociology and History at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt she started to work as reporter and editor for the only daily Kurdish newspaper in Europe, Yeni Ozgur Politika, for which she still writes a weekly column. In 2014 she co-founded the Kurdish Women’s Relations Office (REPAK) in Southern Kurdistan (Northern Iraq). She is also editorial board member of the Jineoloji journal.

Sonia Karimi holds a BSc in English Literature and Colonialism, is a member of the PIK Ecology steering group, and works with the Community of Free Women Rojhelat (KJAR).

Pınar Dinç holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.  Her research interests lie in the areas of nationalism, ethnicity, social movements, memory, diaspora, and the conflict and environment nexus in the Middle East and beyond.  She has published in Nations and Nationalism, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, and Remote Sensing, among others. She currently works at Lund University in Sweden, and she is a research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.  

The meeting will be recorded. Videos from past talks are available on the PiK Ecology Network web site.