Proposing Future “Isms” to Critique


Desertification- Considering human created desert-like conditions that exacerbate drought, heat waves, and climate change

Environmental catastrophe- How does catastrophizing affect the public? Who is to blame for the possibility of human-caused planetary collapse?

Wilderness- How do we define “wildness”? Who defines wilderness?

Food Systems- How are global food systems controlled and who controls them? How is food consumed globally?

The Social Construct of Nature- How is nature produced?

Scholarly movements:

Ecofeminism- How are women uniquely affected by environmental issues and how do they respond?

Design, Emotion, Sustainability-When does design become sustainable? How is design intertwined with our emotions?

Ecopoetry-Considering the connections that ecopoetry makes and its history.

Queer Ecology-The study of how environmental ism intersects with gender. How do we gender our environments?

Urban Ecology-Considering different concepts related to Urban ecology.


Representation and Reality-The oppositions and intersections of representation and reality. Who controls representations? How do we assess reality?

Environmental Restoration and Conservation- Who benefits from conservation and restoration? Where is it effective?

Agro-Food Systems- Benefits of global vs. local systems.

Expert and Lay Environmental Knowledge-Considering different ways of knowing regarding environmental issues.

Fire-How to manage fire? What/ who does fire benefit or harm?