Geography/Topos/Literature ASLE 2011 (6/ 21-26) Bloomington, Indiana

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Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
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Panel Proposal | Ninth ASLE Biennial Conference
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

In The Future of Environmental Criticism, Lawrence Buell observes that "the concept of place gestures in at least three directions at once—toward environmental materiality, toward social perception or construction, and toward individual affect or bond," all of which makes it, a "rich and tangled arena for environmental criticism" (63).

This proposed panel seeks abstracts for papers that engage with the concept of place as a relationship. How is place a site of contestation or exchange? How are identities formed in dialogue with landscape? What implications might such a dialogue have for the study of environment?

Possible Suggestions:

-the relationship between race and emplacement
-indigenous place aesthetics
-place and border knowledges/border gnosis
-place-based values/the development of a "place consciousness"
-phenomenological situations and humanly modified places
-constructions of wilderness in literature
-stories that yield insight into environment and extend new understandings
-feminist or post-representational geographies

Please send an abstract of 300 words and contact information by October 15, 2010 to Judith Madera:

Judith I. Madera, Assistant Professor of English, Wake Forest University

The 2011 ASLE conference will take place June 21-26, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana. Information is available at