"The Ecological Community" Inaugural ALECC Conference

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The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada
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CFP: "The Ecological Community"

Inaugural ALECC Conference

Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, Canada

August 19-21, 2010

The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada, in conjunction with Cape Breton University, invites submissions for its inaugural conference to be held in August 2010, on the theme of "The Ecological Community." Proposals may take the form of individual papers, pre-formed panels, workshops, literary readings, or roundtables. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches, graduate student work, scholarly research outside the academic humanities, and proposals from writers, artists, and activists working beyond the university system.

ALECC is a growing organization of writers, academics of all stripes, and individuals passionate about the environmental arts and humanities (see http://www.alecc.ca). Our three-day conference will also include field trips to sites of ecological and cultural interest in the area around Cape Breton University, such as the Sydney Tar Ponds reclamation site, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, the Glace Bay Miner´s Museum, and the Cabot Trail, along with opportunities for birding and botanizing.

Our theme invites participants to investigate the current state of communities and to meditate on things as they might be - how might humans live sustainably in an ecological community?

While we are open to proposals that touch on any aspect of the conference theme, we particularly solicit proposals for papers and literary readings related to the following topics:

-The relationship between biodiversity and cultural diversity

-Human and more-than-human communities: mammals, fish, birds, plants . . .

-Rural and urban senses of community: farms/ranches, reservations, villages, towns, cities

-Sense of place / the senses in place

-Bodies, genders, desires and community

-The fate of community in sites of economic restructuring and environmental conflict

-Environmental reclamation and sense of place

-Relationships among scientific and artistic communities

-The wild, the feral, and the tame

-Languages, dialects, accents, and rhetorics of community

-Community-based activism

-Local knowledge in a global world

-Digital solipsism vs. digital communities

-Community healing in the face of disease, toxicity and disaster

Proposals for individual papers or literary readings should be 500 words in length; pre-formed panel proposals should be 300 words in length (with individual 500-word proposals for each paper); and proposals for roundtables or workshops should be 750 words in length, including a tentative list of speakers where possible. Send your proposal to: Dr. Richard Pickard, Dept. of English, University of Victoria, PO Box 3070 STN CSC, Victoria BC V8W 3W1; but preferably to rpickard@uvic.ca in PDF format.

All proposals must be received by January 30, 2010.