New Grounds: Ecocriticism, Globalization and Cultural Memory (deadline proposals 1 Sept. 2009; Conference 13-15 January 2010).

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Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
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“New Grounds: Ecocriticism, Globalization and Cultural Memory”

13 – 15 January 2010
Radboud University, Nijmegen (the Netherlands)

The first conference on ecocriticism in the Netherlands aims to bring together scholars from different ecocritical networks and countries to explore recent themes in ecocriticism. After its initial focus on the local and the regional, ecocriticism is now facing challenges posed by globalization, as explored in for instance Ursula Heise’s Sense of Place, Sense of Planet (2008). Also, ecocriticism is still coming to terms with postmodernism and its implications, while interdisciplinary approaches to ecocriticism from the point of view of evolutionary psychology, cultural memory and biosemiotics are gaining ground. “New Grounds” will serve as a platform and forum for developments in ecocriticism, offering the possibility for interaction and an exploration of a variety of ecocritical themes in order to further define and broaden the ecocritical field.

Organized in association with ASLE-UK and EASLCE, this international conference aims to bring together scholars working in the fields of literature, drama, the visual arts, film and music. Responses to postmodern theory, globalization and cultural memory are particularly encouraged. Also, the conference aims to explore (European) ecocriticism to date, in particular during the plenary panel which features panellists working on ecocriticism in a number of European countries.

Topics can include but are not limited to:
• Post-modern – post-nature?
• The local and the global
• The future of ecocritical theory
• Ecocriticism and the visual arts
• Postcolonial ecologies
• Animal studies
• Figures of memory of nature
• Cultural memory
• Eco-cosmopolitanism
• Place and space
• Apocalypse
• The nature of cities

Confirmed plenary speakers:
Greg Garrard
Catrin Gersdorf
Serenella Iovino
Richard Kerridge

Plenary panel “The State of Ecocriticism in Europe”

A selection of papers will be published in a special issue on ecocriticism of English Studies.

Please send proposals of 250 words for 20-minute papers by 1 September 2009 to: Astrid Bracke (a.bracke [dot] let [dot] ru [dot] nl) and Marguérite Corporaal (m.corporaal [at] let [dot] ru [dot] nl).

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