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A one day conference hosted by the Environmental Sociology Section’s Committee on Racial Equity will be held on August 10th, 2018 (the day before American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia) on the downtown campus of Temple University: Rooms 521 and 520 at 1515 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

This event will bring together U.S.-based scholars and state and civil society actors to build collaborative networks and share theoretical frameworks, empirical research strategies, and policy applications that push the boundaries of environmental sociology.

Papers will draw on frameworks such as Black feminism, Black Studies, Indigenous Studies, and critical race theory. The goals of the conference are to challenge the “White space” (Anderson 2015, Mascarenhas 2018) of environmental sociology, reimagine the theoretical intersections between race and the environment, and begin to address the lack of diversity in membership and scholarship in the discipline.

A preliminary agenda can be found here or by clicking the “Agenda” link above.

Funding Information: This conference is funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Sociology Program, the Underrepresented Minority Recruitment Program in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs at the University of Oregon, and the American Sociological Association Section on Environmental Sociology.

Travel Fellowships: Travel fellowships from the NSF Sociology Program in the amount of $500 will be available to graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from under-resourced institutions requiring financial assistance to attend and participate in the conference. One-page (250 words) travel fellowship applications that explained the applicant’s financial need and how attendance at this conference will be relevant to their work, teaching, and/or scholarship were accepted by e-mail ( by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on July 15, 2018.

Parking Information: A modified list of four parking structures located near the Temple University Center City conference location, along with updated parking rates as of August 2, 2018 can be found here.

References: Anderson, E. 2015. “The White Space.”  Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 1 (1):10-21. Mascarenhas, M. 2018. “White Space and Dark Matter: Prying Open the Black Box of STS.”  Science, Technology, & Human Values 43(2):151-170.

Photo Credit:  Website banner photos feature El Quinto Sol de América, Californians for Pesticide Reform, and Pesticide Action Network of North America (in Lindsay, CA, 2007); Central Valley Air Quality Coalition (in Sacramento, CA, 2007); and Greenaction and other California environmental justice organizations advocating for environmental justice (in Kettleman City, CA, 2007). Photos taken by Raoul S. Liévanos while conducting qualitative research subsequently published in: Liévanos, Raoul S., Jonathan K. London, and Julie Sze. 2011. “Uneven Transformations and Environmental Justice: Regulatory Science, Street Science, and Pesticide Regulation in California.” Pp. 201-228 in Technoscience and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement, edited by G. Ottinger and B. R. Cohen. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.