2022 University of York Political Theory Workshop

September 5, 2022 - September 6, 2022
University of York

United Kingdom

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The Politics of Territory and Climate Change

2022 University of York Political Theory Workshop

Date: 5-6 September 2022

Keynote speakers

Prof Margaret Moore (Queen’s University)

Prof Paulina Ochoa Espejo (Haverford College)

As climate change is set to cause mass displacement, resource scarcity, and loss of habitable territory, this workshop wants to explore how ideas about territorial rights, resource distribution, sovereignty, citizenship, and nationhood can help to describe, explain, and resolve the normative issues that will arise from this crisis. We welcome papers in political theory and political philosophy, or interdisciplinary papers with a strong connection to political theory, that address such issues.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Territorial rights and the challenges of the environmental crisis

  • Environmental refugees and issues of relocation

  • Challenges of resources and land management to address global climate problems

  • Challenges of conceptualising state sovereignty if territory is uninhabitable

  • Ideas about the deterritorialization of nationhood

  • Impact on under-represented groups within a territory (ex. indigenous populations)

  • Natural resources justice and distributive issues

  • Territory, resources and sustainability 

Submission guidelines

We invite submissions for abstracts related to the workshop’s theme that should consist in an anonymised 500-words abstract with a title and keywords. Early career researchers are especially welcomed to send their contribution. Please also send a separate cover letter with your name, institutional affiliation, and main research interests. If the abstract is accepted, you will be required to submit a full paper that will be made available to participants in advance and discussed during the workshop.

Please send your abstract and cover letter to [email protected]. Confirmation of acceptance will be received at the beginning of June.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS / Deadline: 6 May 2022   

Registration and attendance

Given the uncertain and rapidly changing situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop will take place online. Attendance is free. Details about the conference programme will follow.

For any additional enquiries, please email: [email protected] 

The Organising Committee

Virginia De Biasio

Erik Cardona-Gόmez

Jesse Machin

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