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04. december 2013

CfP: Gender and Environmental Change in the Arctic

International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) VIII                       University of Northern British Columbia Prince George                                   British Columbia, Canada                                                                                     May 22 - 26, 2014                                                                                                     Deadline for abstracts 17th of December


The importance of examining gender within the global interdisciplinary research on climate change has been established by academics, NGOs, and international agencies. As changes in the Earth’s climate affect how biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems function, this in turn alters the ecosystems services provided to human society. Evidence from a variety of case studies indicates that these changes will affect different sectors of societies differently depending on characteristics such as wealth, access to land, legal regimes of property ownership and citizenship, and also gender. Men and women will be affected differently by climate change and they will adapt differently. However the bulk of these studies have focused on developing nations and ecosystems in the primarily arid or tropical landscapes of what is often called the global South. It has been established that the circumpolar North is comparatively experiencing the most rapid changes due to climate forcing on the planet but little research on the linkages between climate change and gender has been done.

We encourage papers that address three aspects of this subject:

(1) How are the causes of climate change gendered?                                                   (2) How do the many different effects of climate change at different scales affect men and women differently?                                                                                             (3) How is adaptation to socio-economic and ecological changes of climate disturbance gendered?

Subject areas could include a broad range of issues such as potential gender disparity in industries likely to benefit from climate changes in the Arctic, how men and women handle the stress of uncertainty related to terrestrial and marine changes, whether formal and informal learning among males and females are preparing them to be resilient in a changing Arctic social-environmental system, how changing natural resource management may affect men and women differently, and the intersectional nature of identity (including gender) and capacity to adapt to change.

Read the complete text of the call here.

Visit the conference website here.