MLA 2019 Conference “Ecopoetics and the Animal”

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association 2019
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This CFP seeks work that examines the intersection of animal studies with contemporary ecopoetry from around the world. The human/nonhuman distinction entails an interdiction as much as establishes the safety of a boundary that maintains human hegemony in relation to other species. Yet, the animal can powerfully redirect attention toward the necessity of humility as well as deconstruct ideas of autonomy and superiority too often entangled with human self-understanding. This panel asks how the animal negates or reifies the human/nonhuman distinction, but also how the animal speaks, or is silenced, in contemporary ecopoetry. How does the animal appear as an ethical imperative in the age of the Anthropocene and of the Sixth Mass Extinction? In additional to these concerns, topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Semiotics and/or biosemiotics
  • Disability studies
  • Race and animal studies
  • New materialism
  • Performance studies
  • Gender and animal studies
  • The geography of the nonhuman
  • Place and the animal
  • Animal sentience and poetic form
  • The inanimate and the nonhuman

 Please send 250/300words abstract by March 15 to Isabel Sobral Campos, icampos@mtech.edu