Emotional Political Ecology Symposium 2022

We have been blown away by the interest in our small event from people in all parts of the world. We have 150+ people registered for two weeks of thought-provoking panels and live sessions. We are excited to kick off the symposium today!

The big event today, Monday 29th August, is our opening keynote panel:

Emotional Political Ecology Symposium Opening Keynote Panel

Monday 29th August; 07:00-08:00 UTC  (Monday 7pm Auckland; Monday 2PM Phnom Penh;  Monday 5pm Canberra; Monday 9am Oslo)

Zoom link:


The panel features Professor Andrea Nightingale, a human geographer at University of Oslo, Dr. April Bennett, a Māori environmental planner at Massey University, and Dr. Sochanny Hak, a development studies scholar from Analysing Development Issues Centre in Cambodia. These three innovative scholars all approach the study of emotions from different disciplines, theoretical backgrounds and methodologies, and I’m sure it will be a fascinating discussion.

Please note that we will begin promptly at 0700 UTC. There is no password required for the zoom, but you may have to spend a moment in the waiting room until we see you and let you in. For those of you who can’t make it to the live panel, we will put the recording up on the symposium website the following day.

Also today, pre-recorded panel presentations will open for viewing and discussion! All links are on our symposium website:

I have been lucky enough to get a sneak preview of all the presentations, and I am so impressed with the quality of research and the thought-provoking questions posed. For those of you with online presentation fatigue, there’s also some really innovative use of the video medium, such as staged debates between scholars, and a beautiful hand-drawn visual presentation that I can only describe as a kind of manual Prezi, amongst others. Please take time to view the presentations and leave your comments and questions for the panelists. This event will be most successful if we all get involved in the discussion.

Finally, we encourage all postgrads to visit the postgrad page on our symposium website, and to attend the live postgrad sessions on September 8th. A wonderful group of postgrads are putting this together, and they would love to engage with postgrads from across the world, so please go along / let the postgrads in your life know.

Best wishes,

On behalf of the symposium convenors (Alice Beban from Massey University, New Zealand; Sango Mahanty from ANU, Australia; Sopheak Chann from Royal University of Phnom Penh; Cambodia). This event is part of the POLLEN 22 series of online workshops.