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CfP ISA-Flacso 2018 Quito - Transnational environmental movements in Latin America: emerging alliances and power reconfigurations from the periphery

Call for papers for the next International Studies Association (ISA)-Flacso joint conference to be held in Quito, Ecuador, from July 25th-27th, 2018.


Panel: Transnational environmental movements in Latin America: emerging alliances and power reconfigurations from the periphery

Emilie Dupuits – Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Philipp Altmann – Facultad de Jurisprudencia, Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Universidad Central del Ecuador


In the 21st century, environmental movements are more and more engaging at the transnational scale in order to strengthen their resources and voice facing more powerful actors including States, international organizations and multinational firms. Various authors have analyzed the strategies and effects of transnational environmental movements regarding a wide range of environmental issues including water struggles, climate change, forests and biodiversity conservation or extractive resources (Swyngedouw, 2005; Perreault, 2005; Boelens, 2008; Bebbington & Bury, 2013; Claeys & Delgado, 2016). Most of the studies focus on socio-environmental conflicts involving these movements in the context of neo-extractivism widely spread in the Latin-American region (Acosta, 2013; De Castro et al., 2015). Moreover, studies adopting an international relations perspective tend to focus on the contestations and activist mobilizations led by transnational environmental movements in international negotiations or decision-making arenas. However, more analyses are needed on the emerging alliances and new forms of collaboration among actors inside and between transnational environmental movements (Bulkeley, 2005; Andolina et al., 2009; Altmann, 2016). Moreover, the transnationalization of grassroots actors traditionally standing at the margins of international studies implies power reconfigurations that need to be further scrutinized (Appadurai, 2000; Batliwala, 2002; Baillie Smith & Jenkins, 2011; Routledge, 2012).

We invite papers that engage with critical international relations theories and methods to analyze the emerging alliances and power reconfigurations linked to transnational environmental movements in Latin America. Both empirical and theoretical proposals are welcome. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

·         Emerging alliances between actors inside transnational environmental movements, but also tensions among the wide diversity of civil society and grassroots actors, including indigenous peoples, local communities, unions, water committees, activist associations, social movements, etc.;

·         The new scalar dynamics and forms of regionalization adopted or created by transnational environmental movements, in terms of alternative territorialities based for example on cultural identities or natural resources governance, or regional integration in Latin America;

·         The reconfigurations of power between transnational environmental movements and States, NGOs, international organizations or multinational firms, implying new partnerships, cooperation but also power transfers or the reproduction of conflicts;

·         Theoretical discussions on the implications of considering the active role played by marginalized and grassroots actors for international studies, especially the possibilities to open a dialogue with other approaches such as critical geography, transnational social movements sociology or global political ecology;

·         Original methods adapted for the analysis of transnational environmental movements, such as critical discourse analysis, transnational comparative studies, multi-sited observations or ethnography.


Please send your abstracts (max. 250 words) to and by December 14th, 2017.

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