ASLE Ninth Biennial Conference: Species, Space, and the Imagination of the Global, June 21-26, 2011

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The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) invites proposals for its Ninth Biennial Conference, to be held June 21-26, 2011, at Indiana University Bloomington, on the theme of "Species, Space, and the Imagination of the Global." We seek proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and other public presentations connecting language, nature, and culture. As always, we welcome interdisciplinary approaches; readings of environmentally inflected fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, practitioners, activists, and colleagues in the social and natural sciences.

The conference theme seeks to engage with questions of humans' relation to nonhuman species, both plant and animal, and to explore intersections between work on nonhuman species in disciplines such as biology, anthropology, philosophy, neuroscience, literature, and art. Our goal is to do so in a transnational framework that will allow us to reflect on how different historical, geographical and cultural contexts shape our encounters with the natural world and with environmental crises.

Participants are invited to submit paper proposals for 90-minute sessions. ASLE welcomes scholarly panels and creative writing presentations; proposals for hybrid or nontraditional panels should indicate the nature and purpose of the presentations' unique features. Accepted abstracts will be posted on the conference web site. For more detailed information on the different formats and for submission guidelines, please visit the conference website:

All proposals must be submitted by Friday, November 5, 2010, on the conference website.
Notifications of accepted and rejected proposals will be e-mailed by February 15, 2011.

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