Tuesday, July 13, 2010

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] Fwd: Call for abstracts for a symposium on “Cultural perspectives on biodiversity research and management”, NZES Conference, Dunedin NZ, 21–25 November 2010.

Anyone wanna come to NZ? Do it!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Henrik Moller <henrik.moller@otago.ac.nz>
Date: 2010/7/12
Subject: Call for abstracts for a symposium on "Cultural perspectives on biodiversity research and management", NZES Conference, Dunedin NZ, 21–25 November 2010.
To: Henrik Moller <henrik.moller@otago.ac.nz>
Cc: Corey Bragg <corey.bragg@otago.ac.nz>, "DebNZES2010@landcareresearch.co.nz" <DebNZES2010@landcareresearch.co.nz>, "nzesconference2010@gmail.com" <nzesconference2010@gmail.com>

6 July 2010.

Dear colleagues, kia ora koutou kātoa

Second Notice: Call for papers for a symposium on "Cultural perspectives on biodiversity research and management", New Zealand Ecological Society Conference Biodiversity: 2010 and beyond, Dunedin NZ, 21–25 November 2010.

The New Zealand Ecological Society is honoured to have two eminent keynote speakers to start off their upcoming symposium on cultural approaches to biodiversity research and management  – Chief Randall Kahgee (Saugeen-Ojibwe First Nation, Ontario, Canada) and Prof Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, University of Auckland).  So far we also have six expressions of interest to contribute 20 minute papers.  The items offered already are delightfully varied, so we already know we are going to have a stimulating symposium within a much broader conference that already incorporates excellent ecology and wildlife management.  

We seek contributions that highlight opportunities and challenges faced by a wide diversity of

  • ethnic, cultural, religious or or national identities
  • cross-cultural partnerships or clashes
  • ecological goals (biodiversity conservation, harvest management, pest control)
  • habitats, communities and populations
  • applied and theoretical  perspectives
  • research and management

... diversity rules, so bring it on!


The conference website is now live, at http://www.nzesconference.org.nz/ and also accessible from the NZES website at http://www.nzes.org.nz/. Henrik Moller and Corey Bragg (both from Kā Rakahau o Te Ao Tūroa) will help convene the symposium, so please direct any queries about the cultural symposium to them both (corey.bragg@otago.ac.nz; henrik.moller@otago.ac.nz); and for other issues contact:

The cultural symposium is currently scheduled for Wednesday 24th November. There is room for 10 spoken presentations on that day. If we can not fit into the Wednesday slot, some papers submitted for presentation to the cultural symposium may also have to be transferred to the general papers section on the Tuesday or Thursday, or students will be asked to present in the Student day (Sunday) that precedes the conference.  If we still have too many culturally oriented papers, we will invite some of them as posters for Tuesday 23rd.  Also, if we have enough registrants, we will design some adjunct workshops (probably Thursday 24th morning) that will give several others a short formal role to facilitate discussion on the opportunities and challenges for cultural and cross-cultural approaches to biodiversity care.   Please let Henrik and Corey know if you have a particular topic for discussion or exercise that you would toi run in a workshop. If and organise a separate more informal workshop at another time in the conference schedule. 

We are still considering options for a culturally oriented field trip - watch the conference website for any developments. 

In the meantime, please now submit your proposed paper title and abstracts using the template to be downloaded from the conference website, and Email it to Deb Wilson at DebNZES2010@landcareresearch.co.nz. We must receive your title and abstract by 1 September at the very latest, but the sooner the better for helping our planning.  We will notify you at least within a week after that deadline about whether your contribution has been accepted.  However we will also allocate some of the slots to overseas contributors (immediately upon receipt of their abstract) before then to facilitate their travel planning.

Some people travelling from far away may wish to link the NZES conference with one happening in Suva, Fiji, from 29 November until 3rd December. That conference is called "Future Challenges, Ancient Solutions: What we can learn from the past about managing the future in the Pacific" and includes several symposia concerning culture and environmental management, including one entitled "Ethnobiology: A bridge between indigenous and modern science".  Check out the conference website at www.usp.ac.fj/conference.  

Please pass on this invitation to any colleagues that you think may be interested.

We look forward to meeting you and a stimulating discussion.



Corey Bragg  and Henrik Moller

(Co-convenors, Cultural Symposium of NZES Conference 2010)



Henrik Moller

Professor,Centre for Study of Agriculture, Food & Environment - Kā Rakahau o te Ao Tūroa (CSAFE)

University of Otago

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Joe McCarter

PhD candidate
School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences
Victoria University
New Zealand

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+64 27 422 4209


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