CFP: Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, and Nature (3/15/05; collection)

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Sid Dobrin
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Call for Papers:
Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, and Nature

Editors Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey seek proposals for a new
collection of original articles to be published by State University of
New York Press that address the role of visual rhetoric and picture
theory in understanding the construction and contestation of space,
place, nature, and environment. This collection will consider how and
what images—both the idea of the image and specific images
themselves—might suggest about spaces, environments and “nature.” The
goal of Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, and Nature is to bring together
conversations of image theory, spatial theory, theories of
globalization, environmental rhetoric, and visual rhetoric to more
fully develop theories of ecosee. Growing from M. Jimmie Killingsworth
and Jacqueline S. Palmer’s attempt to understand “the relationships
among language, thought, and action in environmental politics” as
expressed in their landmark book Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environmental
Politics in America, Ecosee moves to take into consideration a crucial
facet of environmental rhetoric: ecosee, the visual (re)presentation of
space/environment/nature in photographs, paintings, television, movies,
video games, computer medias, and other forms of image-based media.

The editors seek proposals for innovative papers that bring together an
array of approaches to developing ecosee theories. The editors of this
collection seek articles that approach ecosee from a variety of
perspectives, including, but not limited to:

• issues of visual semiotics, the role of image in defining the
abstract principle of “Nature”
• filmic representations of nature/space
• computer generated images
• “false” or manipulated images
• the image/imaging of extinct species (consider, for instance, The
Discovery Channel’s series When Dinosaurs Roamed America)
• simulations of nature
• counter images
• third-space representations of nature
• images and hyperreal nature
• the ethics of (re)presenting nature visually

The editors will not seek articles that offer simple “readings” of
specific images, but instead look for articles that forward picture
theory, visual rhetorical theory, and other new media theory as they
pertain to “seeing” nature in order to further develop ecosee theories.
  The editors encourage contributors who wish to include readings of
images to couch those readings in the hermeneutic work of a
contributor’s theoretical address.

Please send a proposal of 500-750 words and a contributor's bio by March
15, 2005 to (preferably) e-mail or snail mail address below. (Early
inquiries and submissions are highly encouraged). Authors will be
notified of acceptance by April 1, 2005. Final drafts of articles will
be due: September 1, 2005.

For more information, inquiries, or submissions, please email the

Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey
Department of English
University of Florida
PO Box 117310
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7311

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