American Sociological Association Mini-Conference on Race and the Environment

August 10, 2018, Temple University, Pennsylvania

Bridging the Gap. A Mini-Conference on Race and the Environment

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 ASA’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia) on the downtown campus of Temple University. This event will bring together U.S.-based scholars 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 of environmental sociology (Anderson 2015, Mascarenhas 2018), reimagine the theoretical intersections between race and the environment, and begin to address the lack of diversity in membership and scholarship in the discipline. Link to RSVP.


Keynote Speaker: David Pellow


Panel Session: Barriers to Equity and Diversity in Environmental Sociology

How can the academy in general and our section in particular make meaningful strides toward being a more (racially as well as theoretically) diverse and equitable space?

Panel Session: From Outside the Academy

Regulatory and community perspectives on race and the environment.


Paper Session I: Inside Looking Out

Scholarship on race and the environment that looks beyond core frameworks of Environmental Sociology and/or draws on other traditions from outside of the section.

Paper Session II: Outside Looking In

Scholarship from outside the section or discipline that engages with race and the environment in interesting theoretical and practical ways.


Travel fellowships 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. To be considered for a fellowship, please submit a one page (250 word) application explaining why you would like to attend and how this conference will be relevant to your work, teaching, and/or scholarship to In addition to financial need, the committee will consider racial, gender, geographic, and institutional diversity. Application statements must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on July 15, 2018.

This conference is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Sociology Program. A detailed conference agenda will be published in June 2018.


Contact Info: 

Melina Packer, PhD Candidate | UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management | posting on behalf of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Environmental Sociology’s Committee on Racial Equity

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Posted: May 30, 2018