Ecologies of Fragile Landscapes


Friday 24 February 2023, LSE

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Image: Umut Kuruüzüm

We are pleased to announce an upcoming workshop on the Ecologies of Fragile Landscapes: Water, Waste and Toxicity in the Middle East, to be convened at the London School of Economics (LSE). 

This interdisciplinary workshop will address the contemporary proliferation of ‘fragile landscapes’ – the escalation of infrastructural and ecological ruinations, the multiplying forms of ‘dispossession’, and the changing dynamics of ‘collective struggles’ – in the Middle East and beyond, including the Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea Region, and the Caucasus.

The workshop aims to explore research dealing with the expansion of dispossession under the advance of anthropogenic stresses, waste, contaminations, degradation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and the exploitation of human and non-human species across diverse industries, territories and ecologies.

Submission Guidelines:

Please send your tentative original paper title, a 500-word abstract and updated bio by Wednesday 30 November 2022 to Nadine Almanasfi at Please use the title of the workshop as the subject line of the email.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by Thursday 15 December 2022. For those accepted, draft papers (max 6,000 words) have to be submitted no later than Wednesday 15 February 2023. Papers should not be previously published.

Proposed publication outlets (e.g. journal special issue) for the papers will be discussed with participants at the workshop.

If you require any further information or additional assistance, please contact Umut Kuruüzüm at

Read the full Call for Papers here.

This workshop has been organised by Dr. Michael Mason, Director of the LSE Middle East Centre and Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE, and Dr. Umut Kuruüzüm, Visiting Researcher at the LSE Middle East Centre and Assistant Professor at Istanbul Technical University.