A goodbye and a hello: From ENTITLE to Undisciplined Environments

Dear readers, visitors, followers, contributors,

We are excited to inform you that the ENTITLE blog is about to move and transform into Undisciplined Environments, our new collaborative platform and blog on political ecology.

Since 2014, the ENTITLE blog has served as a collective space for sharing and discussing research, activist experiences, meditations, ruminations, events, art, music and other themes with political ecology analyses. We have covered a variety of socio-environmental issues such as the climate crisis, water, desertification and deforestation, waste, fisheries, disasters, urban housing, indigenous rights, and environmental and peasant movements, to name a few, as well as art exhibitions, songs, and films.

The blog was originally founded by fellows of the European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE), with the vision of taking political ecology outside the confines of purely academic spaces and diversifying what is recognized as political ecology research; improving the accessibility and timeliness of its analysis of our current multifaceted crises and its alternatives; and encouraging, inspiring and contributing to radical thought, towards more egalitarian socio-ecological futures.

Since the beginning, our aim was also to encourage the growth of the ENTITLE network to include any and all of you interested in furthering these objectives. We feel the blog has been successful in these goals. We have published materials continuously nearly every week for more than 4 years, from hundreds of different contributors. We have close to 1,000 followers, and for the last two years we have averaged close to 65,000 views and 40,000 visitors per year, from 179 different nations.

While being extremely happy with these achievements, we felt that the blog needed to chart new pathways to reach its full potential as a political ecology platform to present multiple formats and topics, for diverse audiences across the globe. The urgency of eliminating the global capitalist regime that is destroying our planet, while strengthening and expanding the alternatives to it, demanded more convergence amongst different spaces of scholarly and activist work on the intersections of political economy and ecology.

In this context, we decided to reach out to friends and colleagues to develop alliances and redesign (and redefine) the ENTITLE blog. The project WEGO (Well-being, Ecology, Gender, and cOmmunity), led by Professor Wendy Harcourt (International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague), responded positively to our invitation. Together, and with the help of Andromedia web design, we designed the new Undisciplined Environments platform, which we will officially launch tomorrow, October 1st, 2019.

We thank you all for having followed, read and contributed to this project so far, and hope you will continue to engage with us at Undisciplined Environments, to share ideas on how to build more just and ecological present-futures. See you there!

With best wishes and in solidarity,

The ENTITLE Collective

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