Call for Abstracts

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] on behalf of Fowler, Cynthia T. [FowlerCT@WOFFORD.EDU]
Sent: Saturday, 8 August 2015 1:25 PM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Call for Abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

We (Chelsey Armstrong and Cynthia Fowler) seek proposals to participate in the “Looking Backward and Moving Forward: Applying Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Traditional Resource and Environmental Management” session at the SfAA 2016 meeting. The abstract for our session appears below. If you are interested in participating, please submit an abstract of 100 words or less to Cissy Fowler by September 7, 2015.


In “Looking Backward and Moving Forward” participants will consider the roles of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and traditional resource management (TREM) as practical frameworks for contemporary sustainable resource use and Indigenous wellbeing. Participants will recommend ways that resource managers can optimize community wellbeing based on the results of research about contemporary and ancient TREM. Participants will integrate ethnographic and ethnobiological information with archaeological and paleoecological signatures, and construct valuable data sets that facilitate applied research in the face of accelerated environmental change. Participants in this session aim for better understanding of the processes and pathways through which management systems endure or desist. Living communities provide direct and empirical evidence of TREM while the archaeological record provides information about the evolution and adaptation of TREM. When participants look to the past and at the present, what can we suggest about how to manage our resources as we move forward into the un/predictable future? We will discuss cases where TEK and TREM are celebrated as well as where they are appropriated, and comment on the pros and cons, successes and failures of TEK and TREM. Where TREM is localized, ethical and sustainable, and also where it is not, the results from integrated ethnographic and ethnobiological, and archaeological and paleoecological research provide valuable lessons for today’s resource managers. Deep time profiles of resource management coupled with contemporary ethnobiological portraits provide a framework for producing rich understandings of TEK and TREM systems and processes.


Cynthia Fowler

Associate Professor, Wofford College

President Elect, Society of Ethnobiology

Environmental Social Scientist, Filling a Critical Gap

429 North Church Street

Spartanburg, SC 29303