Critical Identities: Finding and Expressing Critical Identities in Humanities Scholarship [10/15/12;2/15/13]

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Natures 2013 hosted by La Sierra University (Riverside, California USA)
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Have you tied the knot yet? Or are you still playing the field? Are you a committed feminist, poststructuralist, or ecocritic? Or do you pick up a critical perspective for one project and then using another for the next? Do you still fondly cling to your first love of close reading?

Papers are solicited for this one-day conference that either demonstrate critical identities in action (e.g. a feminist reading of Moby Dick) and/or interrogate the process by which critical identities are found (e.g. how I came to realize that I was a feminist while studying Moby Dick). While the organizers are particularly interested in papers with an environmental focus, submissions from any critical perspective and from any field in the humanities are encouraged. Interdisciplinary papers, hybrid criticism (e.g. ecofeminism), and pre-formed panels are welcomed.
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Scott Slovic, (University of Idaho), distinguished speaker for Natures 2013, is a prolific author of ecocriticism, an international speaker in high demand, and editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. His plenary address will explore the complex web of critical identities within ecocriticism, a field too often mischaracterized as one-dimensional. Dr. Slovic will also offer a seminar on the secrets of academic publishing.

Submit your paper titles and 250 abstracts by October 15, 2012 to Pre-formed panel submissions should include paper titles and abstracts for all presentation plus a 50-word abstract explaining the panel theme and suggesting a panel title.