ecocriticism and environmental studies
The figure of the human that emerges from Renaissance and Enlightenment discourses is an unmistakably imperialist entity, excluding all that it perceives as a negation of itself. This ostensibly fixed category of the human informs, if not dictates, the ways in which those who are positioned outside of “the human” experience what we call “the self.” This is to suggest that those who wish to be, and behave as, human must, as the philosopher Sylvia Wynter argues, “circumcise themselves from themselves in order to become fully human.”
Pivot: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies & Thought
CALL FOR PAPERS: Vol 7, No 1 (2018): “Muddied Waters: Decomposing the Anthropocene”
“Progress means: humanity emerges from its spellbound state no longer under the spell of progress as well, itself nature, by becoming aware of its own indigenousness to nature and by halting the mastery over nature through which nature continues its mastery.” — Theodor Adorno, “Progress” (p. 62)
“This future is unthinkable. Yet here we are, thinking it.” — Timothy Morton, Dark Ecology (p. 1)
[T]o forge another word in the singular, at the same time close but radically foreign, a chimerical word that sounded as though it contravened the laws of the French language, l’animot.
Jacques Derrida, “The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow),” 409
Much has been made of the binary between human and non-human animals in literature, philosophy, science, and the arts. Early textual production used animal inks on vellum and parchment, indelibly tying these words and illustrations to animal bodies extrinsic to the economy of human cultural production. Even today, animal print figures prominently in fashion and decor, having implications of wealth and status.
Sarah Hall published her first novel, Haweswater, in 2002. Since then she has developed into one of the UK’s most protean and quietly acclaimed writers, producing poetry, short fiction and novels in a wide range of genres which are nonetheless bound together by a common style and a common set of preoccupations: wild(er)ness, female sexuality and the deep connection between language, landscape and the body.
Call for Papers
A Changing Landscape: Shifting Borders and Slippery States
Graduate Conference in English and the Humanities
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
March 23-24, 2018
“It is not down on any map; true places never are.” ― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
“The test of life is not whether we can remember what we learn in school, but whether we are prepared for change.”—Andreas Schleicher
Trace: Journal of Writing, Media, Ecology is an online, refereed, open-access journal that publishes interdisciplinary research at the intersections of writing studies, media studies, cultural studies, and ecocriticism. We welcome scholarship about digital technology, art, literature, maker culture, rhetoric, composition, environments, and writing. Trace considers the ethical and material impact of technology, and encourages submissions in a variety of media that “trace” connections across and within various ecologies.
ECOCRITICISM 2018 - International Conference on Literature, Arts and Ecological Environment aims at providing an opportunity for the critical discussion and reassessment of scholarly and non-scholarly contributions on the relationship between cultural and artistic (literary, pictorial, cinematographic, etc.) manifestations and the development of environmental awareness produced in the last two decades.
Deadline for abstracts submission:
15 October 2017
07- SPECIAL CHAPTER – ECOARTS
Hosted at Yale University, the Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology reflects a desire to provide a space for students to engage in dynamic, interdisciplinary conversations across curricular boundaries, and strives to connect ethos with ethics, and ethics to applicable practicality. How do beliefs about the environment affect the use of and engagement with the natural world? As an international interdisciplinary conference, we host students researching Environmental Studies, Environmental Humanities, Forestry, Conservation, History, Historiography, Social Sciences, Food Studies, Philosophy, Ethics & Morals, Theology, Religious Studies, Animal Ethics, Law & Policy, and Business & Management, among others.
Call for Papers for a Special Topics Panel on
"Literature and the Healing Arts / Literature and Medicine" at the 2018
College English Association (CEA) Conference—April 5th to April 7, 2018, at the Hilton, St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First Street South, Saint Petersburg, Florida.
The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies welcomes submissions of proposals on the general Conference theme, OR new submissions on the topic of this special session "Literature and the Healing Arts" for our 49th annual conference. Submit your proposal at http://www.cea-web.org