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XXth International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology


Ecological Responsibility and Human Imagination:
Saving the Past~Shaping the Future

College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, Maine
October 22 to 25, 2014

Dear SHE Members and Friends:

The program for SHE XX is well under way. Many thanks to everyone who responded to the call for preliminary program contributions.  Additional contributions are encouraged up to the FINAL DEADLINE of JULY 15.

This conference is meant to be as broadly interdisciplinary as possible — bridging science, social science and policy perspectives – with literature, humanities and creative arts.  Like previous SHE meetings, it is intended to bring together a diverse group of educators, researchers and practitioners who utilize, or are interested in, interdisciplinary and ecological approaches. We look forward to a diverse and exciting program with an excellent range of speakers, symposia, round-tables and individual presentations.

Keynote speakers include:

Keya Chatterjee
Director — Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach
World Wildlife Fund
Optimism in the Face of Climate Change 

Thomas Dietz
Professor — Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP)
Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research
Michigan State University
Rethinking Sustainability: The View from Human Ecology

Robert Dyball  (SHE Presidential Address)
Convener – Human Ecology Program, Fenner School of the Environment
Australian National University
Looking Forward: Some Future Pathways for Human Ecology

Louisa McCall
Co-Founder and Co-Director of Artists in Context
Associate Curator and Program Director for the Artists’ Prospectus for the Nation
Creating a Different Future: Co-mingling Artful and Scientific Ways of Knowing

Carl Steinitz
Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Graduate School of Design
Harvard University
After the Tsunami and the Nuclear Disaster: What Should Be The Future for Soma City, Japan?

David Sloan Wilson
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Biology and Anthropology
President — The Evolution Institute
Binghamton University
The New Social Darwinism



As the submission deadline approaches (July 15), it is important that the conference planning committee has all symposia materials, abstracts, presentation titles and authors’ information in hand.  If you have already submitted an abstract, then you do not have to resubmit. However, you may wish to take this opportunity to re-send your abstract if you want to update or modify it.

A. Abstract Preparation

 Abstract preparation for contributed papers should include:  The full title of the paper and name(s), institutional affiliation(s) and email address(es) for registered presenter(s).  Similar information should be submitted for poster presentations. Those who are organizing symposia should likewise provide information for all presenters in their session.

Abstracts should be about 150 – 200 words and include three to five key words. Abstracts can be submitted as an MS-Word attachment or as email text. Please submit to  — and in the subject line of the email please indicate “SHE Abstract”.

Early submissions help the conference committee identify emerging themes and design the program.  Thus, we encourage early symposia/paper/poster submissions and “draft” abstracts as soon as is possible — keeping in mind revisions are always accepted up to the final deadline date.

B. Guidelines for Submission

1.  Organized Sessions/Symposia:  Organized sessions should be designed to fill a 1½ hour block and involve 3 – 4 presenters.  These usually consist of either a group of papers or a thematic discussion/symposium.  The organizer is responsible for the coordination of participants. At this point only the session theme and the organizer’s name and institution are needed.  E-mail contact information, institutional affiliations and abstracts for all symposia presenters are required by July 15.

2.  Contributed Papers: Individual papers will be grouped on similar issues.  Paper presentations (@ 20 minutes in duration) will be placed in 1½ hour time slots, with time allotted for end-of-session discussion. Please send presenter(s), titles and institutional information as soon as possible.  Submission and review of abstracts is open until July 15.

3.  Posters: Space and time will be provided for poster style presentations.  Submissions for posters follow the same guidelines as for a contributed paper, e.g. author, title and abstract, but should clearly indicate “poster” in the email heading.

FINAL DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS JULY 15.  Please send all materials directly to


The Society does its best to keep conferences as affordable as possible.  The categories and rates are as follows:

Professional SHE member
(with 2014 SHE membership already paid)       $200

Student SHE member
(with 2014 membership already paid)                  $100

Professional Non-member
(includes a 2014 SHE membership)                          $260

Student Non-member
(includes a 2014 SHE membership)                           $130


Note: Early (reduced-rate) Registration Deadline is August 1, 2014.  All registrations after August 1, including on-site registrations, will include an additional fee of $25.00.

Online registration (preferred) is available here

Alternatively, participants may also register via this downloadable SHE XX Registration form



Information about travel to Bar Harbor and accommodation information will be sent to all participants or can be found here.



            Final Program Submission and Abstract Deadline – July 15

            Early (Reduced-Rate) Conference Registration – August 1


Finally, we are pleased to get contact information of colleagues who you think should receive an invitation for the conference at


Thank you for your ideas and assistance,
SHE XX Conference Committee


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