CFP: [International] ASLE UK Fifth Biennial Conference at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 10-13th July 2008.

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tom bristow
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Activism, Apocalypse, and the Avant-Garde
The University of Edinburgh, 10-13th July 2008

Call for papers deadline Feb 14th 2007. Plenary speakers include Timothy
Morton (University of California, Davis), Kate Rigby (Monash University),
and Rebecca Solnit.

The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE UK)
invites proposals for its fifth biennial conference to be held at the
University of Edinburgh. This international conference will bring together
literary scholars, activists and practitioners to consider and discuss
important interfaces between the discipline of eco-criticism and studies of
ecology, the modern period, post-colonialism and the notion of apocalypse.
The organizers anticipate that a publication of selected essays will be
delivered by this event.

Contributions are invited from writers and critics in humanities
disciplines and from the sciences on the relationship of humankind to its
environment. Preformed roundtables and proposals for panels are encouraged.
Audio-visual requests to be included in proposals. Papers are limited to 20
minutes presentation time, including, but not limited to, the following:

    * 21st century theory and text
    * Scottish literary ecology
    * Moving from the post-Romantic to the Modern
    * The post-colonial and the end of nature
    * Green re-readings of literature and other media
    * Psycho-geographies
    * Conservative Modernism
    * Ecological activism and literary studies
    * Refocussing the apocalyptic lens
    * Pedagogy and the academy
    * Latecomers and science fiction: how fictional truth became real
    * Prescience and values
    * Environmental philosophy
    * Trauma of self, trauma of world
    * Wayfinding; trans-humance; travel
    * Redistributive politics; high-energy cultures

ASLE-UK was founded in 1998 and is an affiliate of ASLE (US), the leading
international organization of ecologically informed literature and
criticism, having over 1000 members worldwide. The Department of English
Literature at Edinburgh will be supporting a roundtable on green pedagogy
and the ethics of environmental theory. Bursaries are available for

Please email proposals (250 words max.) for papers etc via the abstracts page:

Tom Bristow
Department of English Literature
University of Edinburgh

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