ISSN: 2658-9346 | Arab Journal of International Law

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Wednesday, 2 June 2021




It is commonly known that humankind lives in socio-cultural contexts which require the deployment of a great deal of effort to counter the challenge of living in harmony with nature and/or being reconciled with it. While nature can do without human beings, they in turn cannot live without nature. Moreover, when the environment and natural resources deteriorate due to human activity (IPCC, 1990), nature continues to revolt against human abuse, as people are exposed to natural disasters such as droughts, floods, and desertification, according to regions’ degree of awareness and adaptation strategies.

Due to lack of adequate infrastructure that should help resist climate change and allow more resilience, the human race is punished by displacement, migration, and flight to environmentally safe places (Climate Refugees), plants and wild species are exposed to extinction, retreat, and damage as well. However, national sovereignty limits the flow of migration as the state exercises “legitimate violence” (Max Weber) within its national borders. Rather, it stokes the inner cohesion of rejecting the other (as if the “Hell Is Other People” In the words of Sartre) bearing in mind that the environment transcends national borders.

In the face of human greed (the constant search for prosperity) as well as companies (the constant search for profit), the human relationship with nature is shaken and transformed into a permanent struggle for domination, control, and the terrible exploitation of natural resources, where the whole scene turns into “Tragedy of the commons” (Garrett Hardin, 1968), which increases the consequences of a “Risk Society” (Ulrich Beck) under the influence of industrialization and the intensive resort to technology.

Moreover, in a context marked by profound societal transformations towards industrialization, there are profound contradictions between political, bureaucratic, economic, and even environmental visions, which go against finding a solution to this tragic environmental situation. With all eyes turning on the management of the human common based on the pricing of the environment, some voices reject the pricing of the world. At the same time, the liberal order continues to operate by advocating the improvement of the well-being of the individual in the short term, regardless of the rights of future generations to the enjoyment of sustainable natural resources.

From this perspective, the initiators of this collective work, entitled: “Environment, culture & society: Rupture or Interconnectivity?” invites researchers in the social sciences to submit proposals for articles focusing on the following topics:

-       Capitalism, environment, and development

-       The economic cost of environmental protection

-       The social construction of environmental concepts

-       The social construction of the environment and culture

-       Culture and environment

-       Socialization and environment

-       Social movements and the environment

-       Political thought and environmental ideas

-       The political actor and the environment

-       Ecological justice

-       Ethics and environment

-       Sustainable development or social sustainability?

-       Interest groups and the environment

-       The economy of natural resources and sustainable development

-       Intergenerational equity

-       Intergenerational solidarity

-       Ecological debt and intergenerational justice

-       The environmental culture of the actor

Important Dates and Submission Details:

-     February 25, 2022: Abstract submission (300 words responding to what, why, and how?) including full name, affiliation, email, and short bio.

-       March 15, 2022: Notification of the abstracts + writing guidelines.

-       April 1, 2022: Final paper submission.

-       June 2022, Publication.


Note: The owners of published papers cannot claim any material privilege for publication.

Initial and final papers shall be sent to the following e-mail:


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