Ecofictions and Ecorealities of Latin America and the Hispanic/Latino- a/Latinx Worlds
We invite contributions to an edited volume on comparative ecocritical studies of Latin American writing, film visual art, and performance that address the topic of ecological violence. How do writers, filmmakers, visual, performance artists, and practitioners of other forms of material culture conceptualize, visualize, and describe ecological vulnerability and insecurity? What are their strategies to convey the acts of violence on the environment that, as Rob Nixon explains in his definition of “slow violence”, are all too often invisible because they are “dispersed across time and space”? Which forms of expression are chosen, alongside and beyond conventional genres, to help apprehend ecological destruction and threats? And how do certain vernacular expressions and agencies position themselves in relation to international organizations that operate in the region?
The volume will bring together examinations of diverse artistic strategies that look into the precariousness of human‒non-human relationships and peril of ecocide from a Latin American viewpoint. In particular, we seek contributions on environmental destruction, threats and aftermaths of catastrophes that occur gradually over long periods of time and might go unnoticed, during what Edward Said termed the “normalized quiet of unseen power.” Ecocriticism challenges the fundaments of modern humanism, and highlights the dense web of material relations into which we are enmeshed. Such a stance has deep implications on perceptions of locale, notions of the self and the other, and cognition (oftentimes envisioned to be embodied, collective and relational). Contributions may include theoretical and vernacular approaches to assess the material relations portrayed in the works chosen, specifically in light of existing critical discourses that emerged mostly in the Global North (posthumanist, phenomenological or new materialist studies, queer ecocriticism, postcolonial thinking, among others) as well as contestations to Western frameworks and worldviews. This book fathoms the breath of creative imaginings and critical strategies proposed in fiction, film, visual and performative arts from Latin America, including vernacular approaches, to enrich contemporary ecocritical studies during our era of resurgent imperialism.
Abstracts (400–500 words) and brief bio should be submitted by November 20 to Ana Maria Mutis (amutis@ trinity.edu), Elizabeth Pettinaroli (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Ilka Kressner (email@example.com).