Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies Conference

Welcome to Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies (KCE2017) the 4th conference in the Knowledge/Culture series, a sequence of international conferences created by the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at Western Sydney University, Australia.

The KCE2017 conference is taking place in Santiago, Chile, and is hosted by Universidad Diego Portales in partnership with Pontificia Universidad Católica; the Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) and Núcleo Milenio de Investigación en Energía y Sociedad (NUMIES).

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November 15-18, 2017
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Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile

Invited Speakers

  • Arturo Escobar (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Marisol de la Cadena (University of California, Davies)
  • Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester)
  • Eduardo Gudynas (Latin American Centre for Social Ecology, Uruguay)
  • Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney University)
  • Natasha Myers (York University)
  • Cymene Howe (Rice University)
  • Noortje Marres (University of Warwick)
  • Vinciane Despret (Université de Liège)

Conference Organising Committee

Juan Francisco Salazar (Western Sydney University); Tomás Ariztía (Universidad Diego Portales & NUMIES); Gay Hawkins (Western Sydney University); Manuel Tironi (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile & NUMIES); Paul James (Western Sydney University); Maria Luisa Méndez (Universidad Diego Portales & COES) Cristián Simonetti (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and Anna Pertierra (Western Sydney University).


Ecology is one of today’s major ideological fields of operation. Change and catastrophe in this field are proliferating. Emerging worlds and new socio-ecological assemblages are creating forms of both interspecies intimacy and environmental emergency. They challenge existing knowledge practices, and they demand different modes of collaborating and acting.

If life on earth is changing for everybody and everything, how can we create different habitats, milieus, and ways of being together? How are novel forms of social cohesion emerging around socio-environmental conflicts and justice? What experimental knowledge and political practices do we need to understand these emergent socio-ecologies and provoke new ones? And how do these profound earthly challenges intersect with obdurate and unevenly distributed forms of violence and inequality, particularly in the Global South?

As the idea of the ecological has undergone massive renovation across numerous disciplines from geography to philosophy to science and beyond, the key aim of this conference is to explore current transformations. The conference aims to generate knowledge practices capable of understanding their formation and complex reverberations. These conceptual shifts have not only extended the metaphorical impact of the ecological but also its analytical force. What this new ecological thinking foregrounds is the value of knowledge and methods capable of challenging the boundaries between the social and physical, human and non-human, and material and non-material.

The focus of the conference is on six major themes:

  • Territorial conflicts and ecologies of social cohesion
  • Anthropocene ecologies
  • Energy ecologies and infrastructures in everyday life
  • Ecologies of urbanism
  • Decolonial ecological politics and post-capitalist ecologies
  • Ecological imaginaries, experimentation and design ecologies

KCE 2017, Santiago, will bring together engaged academics, practitioners, scholars and activists from a range of backgrounds and knowledge institutions to debate the shifting reckonings with nature and other species-being in historical, contemporary and future scenarios of crisis and creativity; environmental justice and inequality; infrastructures; community solidarities; or the ecological politics of local/global socio-environmental change.

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