Call for Papers

(Extended, with Track 5)

R. Boschman
R. Boschman

Under Western Skies (UWS) is a biennial, interdisciplinary conference series on the environment. The fourth conference organizers invite prospective researchers, authors, artists, and presenters to consider submitting proposals for oral and poster presentations as well as workshops and panels.

The conference theme, Water:

Events, Trends, Analysis, will be threaded through five inter- and transdisciplinary conference tracks:

  1. Policy, programs, planning, and management: trends and emerging topics in this track include history of water, integrated water management, business risk, stakeholder engagement, governance, jurisdictions and law, instruments and tools, science and technology, informing decision makers, innovative interventions and practices, monitoring and assessment, education, urban planning and design, and lessons learned.
  2. Safety, reliability, and sustainability: trends and emerging topics in this track include human rights to water, borders and transnational issues, resilience and adaptation to climate change, catastrophes and disasters, alpine and glacial change, tensions in sustainability, invasive species, conservation, human health and wellbeing impacts.
  3. Environmental Humanities Issues and Interfaces: trends and emerging topics in this track include water representations in law and public policy; in history and environmental
    history; in world religions, global literature, film, and drama; in the cultures of science; and in collaborative projects involving the sciences and humanities.
  4. Agricultural and Industrial Use: trends and emerging topics in this track include water commodification, rural and Indigenous communities, water technologies and treatment, impact of scale, transportation, oil and gas development, mining, fisheries and oceans, and hydropower.
  5. Science and the Anthropocene, particularly in relation to Water: trends and emerging topics in this track include reflections on the implications of the Anthropocene, especially for scientific practice and science studies; the import of science studies and animal studies for environmental and ecological concerns; animist, perspectivist and other post-humanist methods.

The UWS Committee look forward to receiving contributions from all environmental fields of inquiry and endeavor, including the humanities, natural and social sciences, public policy, business, and law. Non-academic proposals are also welcome. Please submit your panel or individual proposal at, by EXTENDED TO Feb 19th, 2016.