Thinking in/of the Anthropocene: Cognition, Computerization, and Catastrophe

deadline for submissions: 
March 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
ASLE at SLSA 15-18 November
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The theme of this year's SLSA Conference in Toronto, Canada is Out of Mind (15-18 November)


This year ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) will consider this theme in relation to technology and/or the Anthropocene.

Please a 200 word bio and a 250 word abstract to Dr. Helena Feder ( by 3/30/18.


Topics not limited to:

Computerization of the mind, from the inside out

Genetic modificantion, geoomorphing, and climate change

New work on cognition and empathy, within or cross-species

Relationship between theory (ecological thought) and (ecological) praxis

Thought matters: the reality of facts and unreality of climate discourse

Going (and getting) out of mind in the Anthropocene


Traditional papers and multimedia work (15 minutes or less) welcome. You must be a member of ASLE before the conference to participate in the panel. Go to:


from the SLSA CFP:

If the 2017 SLSA meeting indexed the fact that “anthropos is constituted by temporalities that are in excess of it,” our 2018 gathering will double down on this position to ask after the conditions, preclusions, and exclusions that make it thinkable in the first place.

And really, what does ‘thinkability’ even mean today, when so many of our experiences—political and otherwise—seem unthinkable? Importantly, the questions raised by the various profiles of “the nonhuman turn” have moved beyond the simple (but crucial) critical decentering of the self-possessed human individual to open onto the ways that cognition’s distributions are also aggregations, often advancing political and corporate agendas that are as devastating as they are headless. Put simply, all of this brings to mind a vexing problem: on one hand we know better than ever that we need to let go of the hubris of individual understanding in order to learn to think collectively and in deep temporalities, while on the other hand what is needed more than ever is mindfulness and rationality in the face of proliferating global crises. That is, (n)eurocentrism abounds; what’s to be done about it?