Dwelling in uninhabitable places, Session at AFEA Congress, GRENOBLE, FRANCE, May 27-29, 2010

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Submissions are invited for a session at the French American Studies Conference to be held in Grenoble, France at the end of May.

The paradoxical title of our session, "Dwelling in uninhabitable places," aims to reexamine the apparently inevitable duality between nature and culture. The transition from the term "nature" to that of "environment" in current discourse--this is the general theme of the conference--seems to have revised and resolved the question of humanity's insertion in the universe. Formerly. "nature" designated all that was not habitable ; now, with the concept of environment, our dwelling places no longer distinguish what is suitable for habitation from what is not. Instead they are placed somewhere within an ecological niche at the center of or within the complexity of a universe with which we interact. Papers for this session may deal with literary texts or with historical or sociological phenomena in American culture. For a fuller description of the question, see the Conference website:
Deadline for submissions (abstract and title): October 25, 2009.