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2nd Call for Abstracts: African Environmental Politics
International Sociological Association
Call for Papers/Abstracts

Weathering extremes: African environmental politics in a destabilized world

Faced with multiple, overlaying global, regional, and local crises, how are environmental policymakers, advocates, practitioners, citizens, and other stakeholders taking up environmental concerns across Africa today? Climate change, coastal and riparian flooding, drought/ water scarcity/ water pollution, locust invasions, agricultural crop failure, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and soil degradation and loss represent just some of the continent’s pressing environmental issues. These are exacerbated by pandemics, authoritarianism, extremism, civil strife, climate-induced migration, urbanization, economic devastation, gender inequality, and poverty, to name just a few. In a dynamic global political economy, superpowers shift hegemonic power and historical roles, ascendant or resurgent regional powers contend for influence, and social movements press to redefine power relations. At the same time, broad-based cooperation and collaboration remains as important as ever, to mitigate against even more extreme environmental futures and human impacts. As African states and citizens try to address this challenging moment, this symposium provides an opportunity for African scholars and others to examine and interrogate current trends, dynamics, policies, and developments in African environmental politics, at multiple levels of analysis, and from various disciplinary perspectives. Submissions:

We are excited to announce a call for papers on diverse issues of African environmental politics. Prospective symposium participants should submit an abstract (200-300 words) of their proposed contribution, to each of the organizers listed below. No registration fee.


Abstracts, March 8, 2021; Complete Papers, May 15; Symposium, late May 2021 (TBA)


The organizers aim to publish revised papers in a special issue of a high-impact, international, peer-reviewed social science journal, and possible edited volume.


Lotsmart Fonjong, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor, Development, Gender & Natural Resources Dept. of Environmental Studies State University of New York College of Environment Science and Forestry (ESF) 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA flotsmart@gmail.com

Frank Matose, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor of Development Sociology Co-director, Environmental Humanities South Dept. of Sociology University of Cape Town Rondebosch, Cape Town 7700 South Africa frank.matose@uct.ac.za

David A. Sonnenfeld, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology and Environmental Policy Dept. of Environmental Studies State University of New York College of Environment Science and Forestry (ESF) 1 Forestry Drive. Syracuse, NY 13210, USA

dsonn@esf.edu; DASonnenfeld@gmail.com