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Environmental Sociology

For a Special Issue on

Materiality, Brutality, and Risk in the Twin Climate and Energy Crises for Environmental Sociology

Abstract deadline
30 September 2024

Manuscript deadline
31 March 2025

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Andrea Lampis, Full professor, School of Politics, Economics and Business, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil
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Jenia Mukherjee, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
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Materiality, Brutality, and Risk in the Twin Climate and Energy Crises for Environmental Sociology

The twin climate and energy crises shaping socioenvironmental and human vs non-human relationships within the Anthropocene pose critical challenges in our current planetary landscape. Predatory neo-colonial extractivism shapes these crises, exacerbating vulnerabilities and inequalities globally. In response, Environmental Sociology invites submissions that critically engage with the notions of materiality, brutality, and risk in decolonial readings of these crises.

The climate and energy crises are interlinked on several grounds.  The fossil fuel-intensive transformation of the world economy during the Anthropocene, and the range of composite forms of predatory neo-colonial extractivism on which economic growth unquestionably rests, stem out nowadays among some of themes calling for further research. The main objective of the proposed special issue of Environmental Sociology (ES) is to bring into the debate the challenging notions of materiality, brutality, and risk that, if taken as a whole, have an interesting potential for questioning mainstream narratives about the meaning, implications, and directionalities of the contemporary twin climate and energy crises.

We seek innovative contributions that challenge mainstream narratives and address the interplay between materiality, brutality, and risk in understanding the contemporary climate and energy crises. By bridging Sociology of Post-Carbon Society, Sociology of Development, and Science and Technology Studies (STS), we aim to unravel power dynamics, resource management tensions, and ethical considerations in governing these interconnected challenges.

Prospective contributors are encouraged to explore the experiences of marginalized communities in the Global South and North, the impacts of changing material bases of life, the ethical responsibilities regarding climate and energy crises, and the affective implications of environmental degradation. By fostering interdisciplinary dialogues and amplifying diverse voices, this special issue seeks to inform policy interventions, sustainable practices, and societal engagement with the multifaceted implications of the current environmental predicament.





Submission Instructions

We invite scholars and researchers to contribute original research that advances critical perspectives on materiality, brutality, and risk in the twin climate and energy crises. Join us in shaping a more comprehensive understanding of these pressing issues and exploring pathways towards a just and equitable future.

We are open to receiving papers present the result of  recent or on-going research, case studies and, whenever highly relevant to the debate, also  original contributions built on more theoretical grounds. We particularly welcome papers that:

  • Include results and analyses on either one or more of the following notions: equity, diversity, inclusion and justice.
  • Present specific results, case studies and reflection from an intersectional perspective.
  • Compare more than one country, region or place within the Global South, or within Global South countries.
  • Compare countries, case studies and data between the Global South and North are also welcome.

The special issue is open to other type of contributions and approaches, maintaining they reflect a strong relationship with the core issues presented in the introductory text, with emphasis in the Twin Climate and Energy Crises, and their implications from an Environmental Sociology perspective.

Expected publication date: June 2025

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