International Conference on Environmental Justice: Culture, Resistance and Ethics

International Conference on Environmental Justice: Culture, Resistance and Ethics
Sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi
in collaboration with tiNai (formerly known as OSLE-India),
a forum in India for promoting ecocriticism

24 & 25 March 2017
Dr. K. N. Modi University Newai, Tonk, Rajasthan, India

Concept Note:

“Environmental Justice initiatives specifically attempt to redress the disproportionate incidence of environmental contamination in communities of the poor and/or communities of colour, to secure for those affected the right to live unthreatened by the risks posed by environmental degradation and contamination, and to afford equal access to natural resources that sustain life and culture.” – Joni Adamson, Mei Mei Evans & Rachel Stein, Introduction to The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, & Pedagogy

Discoursing the politics of environmental justice, Gordon Walker asks two primary questions: “Are the benefits of access to green space for all, or only for some? Do powerful voices dominate environmental decisions to the exclusion of others?” Both the questions would lead to a unanimous answer “yes” as the environment should be accessed by all people and decisions should not favour one or a few communities. There are number of environmental issues that we could identify locally and globally. If we analyse these issues we would realise that the basis of all these issues is denial of rights/access to their respective environments. Thus environmental justice is not merely an environmental problem; it is also a social, political, cultural and economic problem. To take the discussion further we might want to ask pertinent questions as: “Is it just to serve a single justice to all ecocultures, considering the peculiarities and cultural differences of cultural communities? Are some communities often deprived of their environmental rights?” These questions would initiate discussions on diversity, naturecultures, and peculiarities of every cultural community. David Schlosberg’s words―Cultural recognition is central in the struggle for environmental justice―are particularly relevant in this context.

The conference aims to recognize ecological spaces denied to cultural communities across the world and theorize them by understanding the ethics, justices and injustices involved. The conference will be a pioneering one in the academic area of Environmental Justice in India. The conference will create scholarship in all disciplines which will be a collective and collaborative effort. This discourse will encourage researchers and scholars to work in this upcoming and most relevant area and would help them launch courses and programmes.


  • Environmental Justice, Land, Water and Air
  • Environmental Justice and Food
  • Environmental Justice and Poverty
  • Environmental Justice, Energy, Development and Governance
  • Environmental Justice, Race, Caste, Indigeneity and Gender
  • Environmental Justice and Climate
  • Environmental Justice and Memory
  • Environmental Justice and Texts (literary and cultural)
  • Representation of Environmental Justice in Media
  • Politics of Environmental Justice
  • Policies on Environmental Justice
  • Ethics of Environmental Justice
  • Philosophy of Environment
  • Environmental Justice in Ecofilms/ecoart


Call for Papers

Abstracts not exceeding 300 words should be copied to the filled in registration form (only on M.S. word document) and emailed to and before 08 January 2017 for acceptance. The contributors will be informed of the acceptance of the abstract by 22 January 2017. Full papers, not exceeding twelve pages (4000-5000 words) and typed in single space in A4 following MLA style sheet, should be submitted by 28 February 2017. Kindly note that a maximum of 100 papers will be selected for presentation. Selected papers may be published in the form of a book, preferably with an International publisher.


The delegates who would like to attend and present a paper in the conference will be charged a registration fee.

Delegate Registration (with accommodation): Rs.5000
Delegate Registration (without accommodation): Rs.3500
(Note: Employed research scholars belong to the above category)
Fulltime Student Registration (with accommodation): Rs.4000
Fulltime Student Registration (without accommodation): Rs.3000
Foreign Delegate: 100 US Dollars
(The registration fee covers the conference kit, lunch and tea for two days and participation in all sessions including the film screenings.)

Conference Fellowship

A few delegates (applicable to only Research Scholars) will be awarded a Fellowship to present their original paper in the conference assessing the quality of it. A separate certificate stating the award of the fellowship will be given to the delegate. The fellowship will also include a considerable fee waiver. The Research Scholar should apply for the fellowship while submitting his/her abstract. The Conference Fellows will be intimated before 28 February 2017.

Mode of Payment

Payment shall be by DD in favour of “Dr. K.N. Modi University, Newai” payable at Newai, or through online money transfer (NEFT). The details for paying your registration through NEFT are as follows:

Name of the Account Holder: Dr. K. N. Modi University
Name of the Bank: ICICI Bank
Branch Address: Bada, Bazar, Newai, Tonk District
Account Number: 679901700111
IFSC Code: ICIC0006799
Branch Code: 6799


Accommodation to paper presenters will be arranged on request. Please note that the rooms will be allotted on sharing basis. Kindly note that there are only limited rooms and so it will be made available only on a first-come-first-served basis.

About Dr. K. N. Modi University

Dr. K. N. Modi University, a State Government enacted, UGC approved Private University, situated on a sprawling 45 acres campus with sylvan surroundings is situated at Newai in the Tonk district of Rajasthan. It is being managed by Dr. K. N. Modi Foundation, whose Founder, Dr. Kedar Nath Modi, was a doyen in contributing to the cause of the society and a pioneer in establishing educational institutions to offer quality and value based education – primary to higher levels of professional education – in the background of his committed belief, “Education Builds the Nation.”
The University, in the background of its philosophy, “Education for the Development of the society,” has embarked on a missionary zeal to realise its goals and objectives, since its inception in the academic year 2010-11. The University offers professional academic programs related to Agriculture, Arts, Commerce, Diverse Disciplines of Engineering, Forestry, Law, Management, Pharmacy and Science streams at Diploma (limited to Engineering and Pharmacy Studies at Present), Undergraduate, Post Graduate and Doctoral levels to scores of students belonging not only to diverse strata of the society but also to the diverse regions of the State and the Country besides those from Afghanistan and Nepal. For more details, visit our website:

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. K. N. Modi University

Interdisciplinary in orientation, the department currently offers courses in Economics, English Literature and Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology. It is in this respect that we feel particularly well-equipped to contribute to a science, arts and ethics dialogue across cultural and transcultural boundaries.

Original contributions to research and to ongoing debates in ethics, cultural anthropology, critical theory, cognition, ideology, development policy, organizational behaviour and economic activity, environmental and gender studies, the history of science and technology, the philosophy of culture, and indeed to the nature of theory itself are crucial in a department like ours.

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 08 January 2017 (Date extended to 31 January 2017)
Abstract acceptance intimation: 22 January 2017 (Date extended to 05 February 2017)
Deadline for Registration: 28 February 2017
Deadline for Paper Submission: 28 February 2017


For any logistical and academic queries
Mr. Saikat Banerjee (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Dr. K.N. Modi University, Newai, Tonk, Rajasthan)
Mobile Number: +91 9529386461

Regular Mailing Address
Mr. Saikat Banerjee
Attn: Environmental Justice Conference
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Dr. K.N. Modi University
INS-1, RIICO Industrial Area Ph-II, Newai
Dist. Tonk, Rajasthan – 304021 (India)

Advisory Board

  • Dr. D.K Modi, Chairman, Dr. K.N. Modi University, Newai, Tonk, Rajasthan
  • Prof. Devendra Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. K.N. Modi University, Newai, Tonk, Rajasthan
  • Prof. Nirmal Selvamony, Head, Department of English, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu, India

Academic Advisors

  • Prof. Joni Adamson, Professor, Environmental Humanities, Department of English
    Director, Environmental Humanities Certificate, Arizona State University, USA
  • Prof. Patrick Brereton, Head of the School, School of Communications, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Prof. T. Ravi Chandran, Professor of English, Department of HSS, IIT Kanpur, India
    Prof. Chia-Ju Chang, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York, USA
  • Dr. Yalan Chang, Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Huafan University, Taiwan
  • Prof. D. Narasimhan, Associate Professor of Botany, Madras Christian College, Chennai, India
  • Prof. Simon C. Estok, Professor, Department of English, Language and Literature, College of Liberal Arts, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  • Prof. Ursula K. Heise, Professor, Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies, Department of English, Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, University of California, USA
  • Prof. Serenella Iovino, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Turin, Italy
  • Prof. Mark C. Long, Professor, Director of the Integrative Studies Program, Keene State College, USA
  • Prof. Salma Monani, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Gettysburg College, USA
  • Prof. Patrick D. Murphy, Professor, Department of English, University of Central Florida, USA
  • Prof. Serpil Oppermann, Professor at Department of English and Literature, Hacettepe University, Turkey, and Vice President, EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment
  • Prof. S. Ravi Rajan, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies at the University of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California
  • Prof. Scott Slovic, Professor, Department Chair, Department of English, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, University of Idaho, USA
  • Prof. Gordon Walker, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK

Conference Committee

  • Dr. Rayson K. Alex
    (Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa)
  • Mr. Saikat Banerjee
    (Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. K.N. Modi University, Newai, Tonk, Rajasthan)
  • Dr. S. Susan Deborah
    (Assistant Professor, Department of English, M.E.S. College of Arts & Commerce, Goa)
  • Mr. K. Samuel Moses Srinivas
    (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Madras Christian College, Chennai)

Registration Form
Application for the Conference fellowship
Statement of Originality

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