Coronavirus and the Need for a Social Ecology

The domination of nature has reached crisis proportions under capitalism, and viral outbreaks are yet another ecological problem. There are ways that we can prevent the spread of these pathogens: wash your hands, disinfect your phone, don’t touch your face and self-quarantine if you exhibit symptoms of being sick. But without addressing the root causes of these issues—capitalism and the idea of dominating nature—these sorts of problems will only worsen. Social ecology offers an alternative vision of what an ecological and socially just world might look like – a world organized around care instead of domination that fosters a reharmonization of humanity and non-human nature.

By ISE | March 12th, 2020 | Article Archive, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

New online seminar: Frankfurt School Critical Theory

We are excited to announce a new online seminar on Frankfurt School Critical Theory, the famously rich yet challenging body of ideas that has been a foundational influence on social ecology. This seven-session seminar will introduce the core concepts, thinkers, and texts of the tradition, and explore its continued relevance for contemporary political and theoretical questions.

By ISE | November 18th, 2019 | Article Archive, Featured, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Rethinking Social Transformation online seminar: Apr. 29-May 27

Enroll today for the spring session of our online seminar Rethinking Social Transformation! Taught by ISE faculty Rob Ogman, this five-session seminar that explores the challenges and possibilities of linking emancipatory vision to practical political engagement in the current historical context. It meets Mondays at 3 pm ET from April 29 to May 27. The course …

By ISE | April 4th, 2019 | Article Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Introduction to Social Ecology online seminar starts April 8 – enroll today!

Our popular introductory seminar Ecology Democracy Utopia starts again next week, meeting Mondays at 10 am PST/1 pm ET April 8 through May 27. Write us to enroll today! This eight-week seminar provides a comprehensive overview of Social Ecology, exploring a broad range of interconnected themes including social hierarchy and domination, nature philosophy, capitalism, technology …

By ISE | April 1st, 2019 | Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Online Seminar – Understanding Antisemitism: Historical Roots & Contemporary Relevance (May 8-29)

Recent events – from the deadly Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the alt-right’s chant of “Jews will not replace us,” up to recent controversies within the Women’s March and UK Labour Party – have demonstrated a critical need to understand antisemitism as an ongoing threat demanding analysis and action from an emancipatory perspective. We are proud to …

By ISE | March 24th, 2019 | Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |

Ecology Democracy Utopia Winter Online Seminar: Jan. 28-Mar., 2019

Enrollment is now open for the winter 2019 session of the ISE online seminar Ecology, Democracy, Utopia!  The course will meet on Mondays at 3 pm PST/6 pm EST from January 28th through March 18th. This eight-week course provides a comprehensive overview of Social Ecology – an interdisciplinary body of ideas that explores the relationship between social …

By ISE | December 21st, 2018 | Social Ecology Blog | 1 Comments |

2018 ISE Annual Gathering: Aug. 17-19 Marshfield, VT

The Institute for Social Ecology cordially invites you to our 2018 Annual Gathering for a weekend of engaging political discussion, great food, and socializing in Marshfield, Vermont. The gathering is a unique opportunity to renew the Social Ecology community in person, restore old friendships and make new ones, and connect with like-minded people from around …

By ISE | March 17th, 2018 | Article Archive, Events Archive, Social Ecology Blog | 0 Comments |