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Environmental Violence

updated: 
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 2:30pm
Elizabeth S. Leet, Franklin & Marshall College
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Environmental Violence

IMC Kalamazoo (May 7-10, 2020)

Organizer: Elizabeth S. Leet (eleet@fandm.edu)

Much early ecocriticism focused on natural spaces as complements to human agency. For example, studies of the hortus conclusus in medieval romance emblematize this view of nature as a fecund space mastered by humans. In our time of climate crisis, however, ecocritics seek to complicate anthropocentric views of medieval environments. By studying climates and environments that reject human dominion and endanger human lives, we may examine the violence these environments enact and evaluate the models they offer for human survival and care amidst climate disaster.

Leeds IMC 2020: Lines in the Sand: Ecotones and Polity in Medieval Literature

updated: 
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 7:14am
Andrew M. Richmond
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 30, 2019

From kingdoms staking claims on opposing riverbanks to landowners arguing over a thorny hedge, transitional environments have long formed the foundations for political and social boundaries. Such material anchors in turn may be claimed to demonstrate the natural legitimacy of these borders and the institutions they define. Yet medieval literature, art, and popular culture overflows with depictions of such ecotones – water to land, mountain to plain, forest to field – that test both the permanence and permeability of the categories and divisions humans impose on their surroundings (and themselves).

Hip Hop Ecologies (Workshop and Special Issue)

updated: 
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 2:09pm
University of Konstanz, Germany
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Hip Hop Ecologies: A Workshop at the University of Konstanz (June 26-28, 2020)

Hip hop is one of the globally most successful forms of cultural production today. Since its emergence in the African American and Latino neighborhoods of 1970s New York City, it has spread around the world and exerted a considerable impact not only on pop culture, but on societal debates around race, class, public safety, nationality, gender, and a range of other issues. The rapidly expanding field of hip hop studies has examined its artistic development and cultural significance from a variety of angles. What has remained almost entirely absent from scholarly debate is the relationship between hip hop and the environment.

Art Historical Approaches to Medieval Environments

updated: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:55pm
International Center for Medieval Art, Student Committee
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Art Historical Approaches to Medieval Environments

 

International Congress on Medieval Studies

May 7–10, 2020

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Michigan

 

International Center for Medieval Art, Student Committee

 

The Final Frontier: Embodied Space in the Works of the Pearl-poet @ ICMS 2020

updated: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:03pm
Ashley E. Bartelt / International Pearl-poet Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 1, 2019

International Pearl-Poet Society

Call for Papers — ICMS 2019

 

The International Pearl-poet Society is sponsoring five sessions and one co-sponsored session with the Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM) at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 9–12, 2020) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. One session is:

 

The Final Frontier: Embodied Space in the Works of the Pearl-poet

CFP: Essays on SyFy Channel Original Films

updated: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 10:27am
Justin Wigard and Mitch Ploskonka, Michigan State University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Call for Chapters -- Interdisciplinary Interrogations of the SyFy Original Films

Edited by Justin Wigard and Mitch Ploskonka

Romance and the Animal Turn, at ICMS Kalamazoo 2020

updated: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 10:45am
Medieval Romance Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 1, 2019

The animal turn has become hugely influential in medieval scholarship over the last decade. However, the contributions of ecofeminism and queer ecology have often been side-lined. Nevertheless, scholars are increasingly finding these modes of analysis to offer useful ways of exploring the role of the animal in medieval romance texts.

Boston to Brazil: Elizabeth Bishop’s Geographies

updated: 
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:44pm
Susan Gilmore, NeMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 30, 2019

Seeking papers/presenters for an approved session (#17976) at the 2020 NeMLA convention, Boston, March 5-8, 2020.

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