“To invent the train is to invent the rail accident of derailment” (Paul Virilio, The Original Accident 10). From the 19th century onward, the intervention of speed upon and across the landscape has created zones of contact between non-human animals and machines that resulted in numerous crashes, deaths, derailments and a wide variety of events that we know as accidents. With the speed of modern time, railway accidents involving humans and animals became a common theme of literary texts, travel books, journal reports, legal discussions, as well as photography and motion pictures. One of the early depictions of moving trains, J. M. W.
ecocriticism and environmental studies
Local Alignments, Global Upheaval: Re-Imagining Peace, Legitimacy, Jurisdiction and Authority
Annual conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) & Peace and Conflict Studies - Canadian Association (PACS-Can)
October 4-6, 2019 | Canadian Mennonite University: Winnipeg, Canada
Draft Schedule Released: Early June, 2019
September 19th-20th, TORCH, University of Oxford
“Earth, Sea, Sky” is an international environmental humanities research network
(http://torch.ox.ac.uk/earth-sea-sky). Our central aims are 1. to examine the varied and
contested medieval and early modern approaches to the natural world, and 2. to
consider how this premodern archive resonates with environmental degradation and
global warming in our current moment. In three linked symposia we will focus on each
domain of “Earth, Sea, Sky.”
Panel Proposal for MLA 2020 Conference on “Being Human”
January 9-12, 2020 in Seattle WA
Panel Title: Unsilencing the Anthropocene: Archiving Love and Queer Survival
The 14th Annual Conference of the North American Levinas Society
Drake University - Des Moines, Iowa
July 23 - 26, 2019
NALS welcomes submissions on all topics relevant to the work of Emmanuel Levinas, but we especially encourage topics that address the conference theme, “Vulnerability,” including but not limited to:
CFP for MLA 2020, Jan. 9-12, Seattle, Washington.
Explorations of crosscurrents in Lawrence between genres, literary periods, political ideologies, etc., responses to race/ethnicity, queer and feminist interventions, masculinity.
Please submit a 300 word abstract plus a short bio.
ESSAY: CRITICAL RECEPTION OF STEINBECK’S THE PEARL
Seeking chapter submission for a Critical Insights volume on John Steinbeck’s The Pearl under contract with Salem/Grey House Publishers. Known for its simplicity and universal themes of greed, power, and economic oppression, The Pearl was originally published in installments in Women’s Home Companion (1945) with its original title, “The Pearl of the World.” The Pearl is universally appreciated for its accessibility, classroom applications, and suitability to theoretical approaches. With current trends and political climate considered, it is time to revisit this classic text for a contemporary audience.
“UNDER HIS EYE?:” WOMEN IN FEMINIST AND FUTURISTIC LITERATURE, FILM AND ART
17-18 May 2019
Institute of English Studies
Department of British Literature and Culture
University of Lodz, Poland
In his 2020 MLA theme description, Simon Gikandi asks for a reflection on the role of the humanities in “defining the nature of the human in the face of what appears to be its diminishment.” This roundtable, cosponsored by the MLA Africa Since 1990 forum and the Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities forum, reframes Gikandi’s provocation in ecological terms: how do we define the limits of what Sylvia Wynter terms the “genre of the human” in the face of ecological decline and climate change? Successive reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) spell out an increasingly alarming rate of global warming with catastrophic implications for the planet and the various life forms inhabiting it.
The fourteenth annual meeting of the Georgia Philological Association (GPA) will convene at the Middle Georgia State University Conference Center at 100 University Parkway, Macon, Georgia on Friday, May 17, 2019.