ecocriticism and environmental studies
Fall 2019 Cormac McCarthy Conference
August 29 – September 1, 2019
Keynote speaker: David Krakauer, President of the Santa Fe Institute
The Cormac McCarthy Society announces its next U.S. conference, to be held in Austin, Texas. We’ll return to the downtown Hilton, the site of our conference in 2017, right in the midst of Austin’s funky restaurant and music scene.
Taking up the MMLA conference theme, “Duality, Doubles, and Doppelgängers,” the panel for Science and Fiction seeks proposals engaging the presence of the double in fiction inflected or inspired by science, medicine, or technology; the fields’ theories or methods; or their practitioners. Oftentimes, the double is associated with the horror genre and presented as emblematic of Freud’s ideas about the uncanny, or the unheimlich (unhomely is the literal translation). The term describes the feeling of unease or fear one gets from experiencing something familiar turned uncomfortably strange. Fred Botting, however, notes that horror and science fiction each “give form to a sense of otherness” (Botting, 2008, 131).
I have been approached by Routledge Press to edit a Handbook on Vegan Studies for the press’s Environment and Sustainability division. Handbooks are typically 30-35 chapters, with each chapter being roughly 6000 words. They aim to provide a cutting edge, comprehensive assessment of the field and will be an essential reference title and benchmark publication for the subject.
I am seeking proposals for chapters for the handbook that reflect knowledge of the field and that build on extant work in the discipline. Such proposals might include but are not limited to
Vegan Studies . . .
Relationship to animal studies
And critical race studies
CFP for collection under contract:
Examining Images of Urban Life: A Resource for Teachers of Young Adult Literature
Deadline Extended: Public Arts and Humanities Writing Workshop
ASAP/11: Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present
Ecologies of the Present. 10-12 October 2019. University of Maryland
GAM.16 - CALL FOR PAPERS
Timothy Morton describes dark ecology as ‘ecological awareness, dark-depressing. Yet ecological awareness is also dark-uncanny. And strangely it is dark-sweet.’ The concept of dark ecology represents a crucial intervention in the current moment of political conservatism and climate change denial and enables a focused exploration of a wide range of issues relating to performance and ecology. Human activity on the planet is responsible for a number of ecological and political dilemmas, including (but not limited to) global climate change, pollution, leaking pipelines, fragmentation of ecosystems, diminishing natural resources and nuclear meltdowns.
Protest has been part of human societies for millennia. Movements such as Black Lives Matter and Me Too offer a powerful reminder of the continued relevance of activism in the 21st century. While these examples of protest share a common DNA with historical civil rights and gender equality movements, activists today operate in a world where digital technology affords particular advantages and disadvantages that have changed how we engage with protest and dissent. We now have constant access to a steady stream of information about dissatisfaction with the state of our world, who is alleged to be responsible for the situation, and who is calling for change.
1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Indigenous Epistemologies and Artistic Imagination
24 – 25 October, 2019. Barcelona
Aula Magna, Faculty of Geography and History, Universitat de Barcelona (Montalegre 6); MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Plaça dels Àngels 1).
Direction: Anna Maria Guasch (UB)
Co-direction: Nasheli Jiménez del Val (AGI)