[UPDATE] Pastoral for the 21st Century (ASLE 2013, May 28-June 1, Lawrence, Kansas)
Seeking abstracts for a pre-formed panel to be proposed for the ASLE Biennial Conference May 28th-June 1 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
This panel will explore the pastoral mode as a viable form of eco-critique for the 21st century. Proposals from all disciplines and perspectives are welcome. Works analyzed may be from any time period and any genre.
Subjects and methods may include, but aren't limited to:
--the conference theme: "Migrations, Energies, and Limits" See: http://asle.ku.edu/
--urban/rural divides: "The Country and the City"
--pastoral elegy and apocalyptic environmentalism
--living in a "risk society"
--pastoral desire and environmental/social exploitation
--anti-pastoral: is pastoral dead?
--matter and materiality
--Stacy Alaimo & "trans-corporeality"
--Donna Haraway & "companion species"
--chimeras and cyborgs
--critiques, revisions, or explorations of Terry Gifford's "post-pastoral"
Please send abstracts and a brief CV or bio to T.J. Welch by November 1, 2012.