The Lahore School of Economics 2014-2015


Second International Conference on Environment
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Lahore School of Economics (Pakistan)
December 15-16th, 2016
“The Production of Nature” Conference The Department of Environmental Science and Policy will be holding its Second International Conference on Environment in December. This year’s theme, “The Production of Nature”, is highly relevant for scholars across fields of both social and physical sciences.

Nature has conventionally been perceived as that which cannot be produced, but rather as a given backdrop to human processes and the institutions we have created to regulate the world (such as the market economy, state sovereignty, and international development). Yet a growing body of literature that spans disciplines is demonstrating the relationship between what is typically seen as a dualism between ‘Nature’ and ‘Society’ (Noel Castree, Neil Smith, Erik Swyngedouw, Donna Haraway, and David Harvey, among many others). The implications of such studies suggest that it is futile to attempt to study physical systems in isolation from social systems, and vice versa, as social processes are informed by the context of the natural world, and also produce very real impacts on environmental processes.

Such an integrated understanding calls for a more nuanced approach to examining local and global issues, looking at the social, historical, economic, spatial, political, material and ecological dynamics behind the challenges being faced today. These processes have given rise to a plethora of deeply disconcerting processes, such as climate change, mass extinctions, pollution of air and water, depletion of nutrients and water, and the making of new agents of disease, to name just a few. Such phenomena have led both physical and social scientists to classify the 21st century as a new geological epoch, the anthropocene, since human activities are so profoundly reshaping the world around us. At the same time, the socio-natural processes that are underway are producing a whole variety of ‘hybrid’ or ‘cyborg’ natures, which reflect social relations, political economic processes, and the changing material world.
This conference emphasises cross-disciplinarity, and thus we welcome scholars from a variety of backgrounds engaging in questions around socio-ecological conflict and change, particularly within Pakistan, South Asia, or the global South.
We invite scholars who are doing empirical research as well as those doing more theoretical work around these themes:
Agriculture, seeds, industrial farming and the green revolution
Access to or exclusion from water, land, or energy
Deforestation, drought, water-logging, flooding, soil infertility
Species extinction and shifting migratory patterns
Climate emissions, vulnerability, and renewable energy
Waste generation and management
Urbanisation work and well-being
Disease, viruses and pathogens 
Ecologies of development
Technology, networks, infrastructure, and circuits
Eco-tourism and conservation of landscapes
Narratives of nature and society
We invite researchers to engage critically with theories and concepts such as the production of nature, hybrids and cyborgs, political ecology, uneven development, the commons, accumulation by dispossession, environmental or climate justice, ecological debt, the resource curse, commodification of nature, circuits of capital and commodity chains, flows of power, private versus public ownership, ideology, discourse and sustainability, and post-carbon transitions.
Conference: December 15-16th
Please watch this page for updates. The conference program and poster will be available soon!

The Conference Programme

Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Lahore School of Economics
Lahore, Pakistan
The Lahore Journal of Policy Studies is hosted by the Lahore School of Economics, Lahore.