Current proposals

Traditional ecological knowledge and sustainability (D. Shilling and M. Nelson)

Sustainability as Myth and Practice in the Global City (M. Checker, C. Isenhower, G. McDonogh)

Law for Sustainability (J.C. Dernbach)

Main themes and new directions in sustainability research (C. Boone, S. Pickett, others)

The lived experience of sustainability and resilience: archaeological perspectives (M. Hegmon)

Transitioning to a Sustainable Urban Planet (C. Boone and others)

(Please see About-Proposals about proposing a seminar/volume in New Directions)

Event Announcement: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Sustainability Seminar

How can the land practices of indigenous peoples assist today’s sustainability researchers and educators? That is what our seminar on traditional ecological knowledge and sustainability aims to find out.

People have lived in the southwest for about 13,000 years—that’s a lot of traditional ecological knowledge to learn. This five-day seminar will explore and identify the traditional ecological knowledge and sustainability link though many different lenses.

At the seminar, ten scholars share their interpretation of traditional ecological knowledge and how it fits into current sustainability practices. Discussions will form later and the scholar presentations will be available as a book series, New Directions in Sustainability and Society.

Speakers come from many disciplines including: philosophy, resource management, arts, law, and agriculture.

This seminar is made possible by the contributions from the Amerind Museum and Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.

Dates: Spring 2013

For more information, contact:

Melissa Nelson

Dan Shilling

Cambridge University Press announces book series: New Directions in Sustainability and Society

In partnership with Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, and the Amerind Foundation, Cambridge University Press will publish a book series about progress for a sustainable future.

The book series, edited by Christopher Boone, associate dean of Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability and Norman Yoffee, professor emeritus at University of Michigan’s Department of Anthropology and Department of Near Eastern Studies, defines “sustainability” as a practice that “seeks to reduce environmental degradation and improve human well-being by maintaining and strengthening the social and ecological systems that support us.”

The series emphasizes on combining and merging expertise from a wide range of disciplines—the humanities, social sciences, applied sciences, and natural sciences. Boone and Yoffee assert that in order to achieve a sustainable future, behavior must be changed. But how does one change behavior?

The editors welcome proposals for volumes and for seminars at the Amerind Foundation that contribute to sustainability themes. These are:

  • equity and justice
  • trade-offs and scale
  • vulnerability and resilience
  • bio and cultural diversity
  • long-term perspectives

Ultimately, the book series aims to raise awareness to the current human-environment disconnection and interactions. Researchers and the public will be able to make positive changes to create a more sustainable world.