CFP: Toxic Goodness: Spatialities and Temporalities of Sustainable Biofuels

Deadline for Abstracts: September 1, 2021

Call for Papers – Cluster for Tapuya: Latin American, Science, Technology and Society

Editors:

  • Duygu Kaşdoğan, İzmir Katip Çelebi University, Turkey
  • Jessica Caporusso, York University, Canada
  • Katie Ulrich, Rice University, USA

Description:

Biofuels have long been proposed as solutions to fossil fuel reliance, though they are contentious. For some, biofuels are alternatives to petroleum that sustainably leverage the reproductive capacity of photosynthetic lives, such as plants. Various actors have pursued strategies to promote this sustainable vision of biofuels: national and subnational governments, intergovernmental organizations, and related civil and private sector actors work to develop  “best governance practices,” while scientists and engineers carry out advanced biotechnological research to improve the productivity and efficiency of biofuel production. On the other hand, critical social scientific research on biofuels has largely examined the destructive and unjust impacts of biofuels production on rural/agrarian communities and ecologies, with a focus on the complex relationships between the Global North and Global South, between state, capital and society, and between nature and society.

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