Indigenous Ecomedia

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Association for the Study of Literature & Environment
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CFP: Indigenous Ecomedia  
for the ASLE off-year symposium A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene.
We can point to Joni Adamson’s American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice, and the Middle Ground (2001) as the first seminal work in Ecocriticism that engaged Indigenous Studies.  As its title suggests, its attention was on Indigenous literature.  In the ensuing fifteen years, ecocritical attention to Indigenous texts has steadily grown, such that Salma Monani and Adamson’s recent collection, Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos (2016) showcase multiple media—from literature to photographs and film, from art installations to the performance of bodies in resistance on streets—while essays in the spring 2017 Studies for Indigenous Studies and Literature (SAIL) showcase digital media as ecocritically relevant.  While these recent works serve as invitations to engage all forms of Indigenous media ecocritically, this call for papers, extends the invitation, welcoming proposals that specifically look to Indigenous media to inform our theories and practices of ecomedia. We invite papers that examine, amongst other topics:

•    Ecomedia and Indigenous epistemologies/pedagogies (e.g. decolonial, ecofeminist, cosmopolitical, futurisms)
•    Indigenous media and the frontlines of environmental struggle (e.g. DAPL, Idle No More)
•    Trans-Indigenous/global Indigenous ecomedia projects
•    Indigenous ecomedia from outside North American locales
•    Ecomedia and Indigenous language revitalization
•    Indigenous media and climate justice
•    Indigenous media celebrities and environmentalism
•    Material and virtual eco-footprints of Indigenous media distribution

We welcome papers that draw on these topics and promote interactive conversation on Indigenous ecomedia; we are also open to other proposals that fit within the conference call that seeks to “better understand the vital role that film and media play in reflecting, responding to, and shaping public attitudes about the relationships between the human and non-human worlds, as well as different human communities.”
Please submit a 300-word abstract and a short biography to panel organizers Salma Monani (smonani@gettysburg.edu), Kyle Bladow (kbladow@northland.edu), and Abigail Pérez Aguilera (aperezaguilera@westminstercollege.edu) by November 1, 2017 (panel proposals must be submitted to conference organizers by December 1, 2017, with final decisions to be made in February.)