Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)

Special Issue On: Tapestry of Discourses in Biodiversity: An Asian Perspective

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Cecilia Fe L Sta Maria-Abalos, University of the Philippines Baguio, Philippines
Alexander G. Flor, University of the Philippines Open University, Philippines

“Can the world be redefined and reconstructed from the perspective of multiple cultural and ecological practices that continue to exist among many communities?”

This is the question raised by Arturo Escobar in 1998 in his paper titled “Whose Knowledge Whose Nature? Biodiversity, Conservation and the Political Ecology of Social Movements.” His question is seated from the examined researches on biodiversity, mostly from South America, which he notes, contains a growing “distance between dominant discourses of biodiversity conservation and the political ecology of social movements” (Escobar 1998, 76). Because most researches on biodiversity take on the purview that there is an imminent "threat on biodiversity" and that humanity has overused and misused these natural resources, consequential then is the imbalance among living things. Within the clauses of research on biodiversity, much attention has been drawn towards preservation and conservation of environmental spaces leading towards re-utilization of natural resources and/or exploring new ways to account for these resources. Escobar (1998) then challenged researchers if it is “possible to examine ‘biodiversity’ not as a true object that science progressively uncovers, but as historically produced discourse.” Taking off from the challenge posted by Escobar in 1998, it is imperative then that biodiversity, as an emerging field of study, should take the nature-culture continuum and begin raising discourses in the constructs of biodiversity as knowledge, method and practice.

We have heard from scholars and activists from the West, South America and other continents, but we have yet to hear from Asia. As the largest continent in the world with its evolving mode of production and numerous biodiversity sites, Asia has been implementing conservation and preservation practices but has inadvertently left pertinent inquiries on culture, identity and politics. Centering on interdisciplinary studies on biodiversity, this special issue wishes to collate discursive articles on biodiversity that examines inquiries on power, culture and identity.

Cited Reference
Escobar, A. (1998). Whose Knowledge, Whose Nature? Biodversity, Conservation, and the Political Ecology of Social Movements. Journal of Political Ecology. vol. 5 (1998). pp. 53.81.

This special issue aims to become a collection of discursive articles on biodiversity, bringing together emerging inquiries on biodiversity in Asia.

Recommended Topics
Taking Asia as the scope and site of biodiversity discourse, themes to be discussed and included (but not limited to) are the following:

  • Issues on policy
  • Social movements and mobilization
  • Economy and Mode/s of Production
  • Socio-cultural transformation
  • Gender and ecology
  • Relationship between and among social group/community and natural spaces
  • Space and spatiality
  • Indigenous knowledge and practice
  • Nature-culture co-evolution
  • Issues on forestation and deforestation
  • Issues on bodies of water
  • Communication, information cycles and deep ecology
  • Knowledge constructs on biodiversity

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Tapestry of Discourses in Biodiversity: An Asian Perspective on or before February 28, 2018. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Cecilia Fe L Sta Maria-Abalos
Alexander G. Flor
Guest Editors
International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)