I am an intellectual range rider whose research activity embraces a diversity of materials drawn from philosophy, history, political economy, urban studies and social and political ecology. At the heart of my work is a concept of ‘rational freedom.’ This concept holds that freedom is a condition of the appropriate arrangement of the cognitive, affective, interpersonal and intrapersonal dimensions of human life, incorporating essential human attributes from instinct to reason. Defining politics in the ancient sense of creative self-realisation, I affirm a socio-relational and ethical conception of freedom in which individual liberty depends upon and is constituted by the quality of relations with other individuals. I therefore stresses the intertwining of ethics and politics within a conception of the good life. My work is concerned to establish the nature, causes, and conditions of human flourishing. I return philosophy to its key question of what it is to live well as a human being and what it takes for human beings to live well together.
Ethan Miller is an activist-scholar, teacher, parent, and farmer committed to co-creating resilient and liberatory forms of collective livelihood. He is a member of the Community Economies Collective, a lecturer in politics, anthropology, and environmental studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine (USA), and has worked for the past eighteen years with an array of organizing and popular education projects including Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO), the Data Commons Cooperative, the JED Collective, Wild Mountain Cooperative farm and homestead, and Land in Common community land trust. Ethan’s current research and writing seeks to challenge dominant concepts of “economy,” “society” and “environment,” and to develop cross-cutting and integrative conceptual tools to strengthen transformative, postcapitalist livelihood organizing efforts. His book, Ecological Livelihoods: Imagining Life Beyond Economy, Society, and Environment was released in March 2019 by the University of Minnesota Press.
Born and raised in central New York State, life/work/school/travel from there to the Bronx to Fairbanks, Bethel and Anchorage, Alaska, Atlanta, Dalian, China, Asheville, NC, Roanoke, VA, San Francisco, Seattle, Whidbey Island, WA, with sojourns, wanderings and fellowships in several other delightful places….All transdisciplinary, intercultural, hermeneutic and naturalistic in character.
I’m a poet, educator, and assistant researcher at the Centre for Theatre Studies of the University of Lisbon (CET/FLUL). My current research is in the verse drama Fernando Pessoa wrote in English. I’m particularly interested in how different areas of knowledge conceive creativity and how one projects body/breathing into poetry.
Ruth A. Morgan is an environmental historian and historian of science with a particular focus on Australia, the British Empire, and the Indian Ocean world. Ruth holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and is a Research Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. During 2017, she is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the LMU, Munich, Germany, where she holds an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Ruth is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association and the National Management Committee of the Australian Garden History Society. She is also Treasurer of the International Water History Association, Vice President of the International Commission on the History of Meteorology, and a member of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub. She joined Monash in mid-2012 after completing her doctoral studies at The University of Western Australia in Perth.
Assistant Director, Center for Integrative Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Letters, MSU.