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UPDATE: Postcolonial Environmental Criticism: Towards a Transnational Turn in Environment
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The 2013 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Biennial Conference
Ecocriticism has been a flourishing field of inquiry for the past three decades. However, literary critics have only recently begun to explore literature and the environment from postcolonial perspectives. In an attempt to theorize postcolonial environmental criticism, this panel examines the intersections of postcolonialism and environmentalism in the context of contemporary globalization. With the intensification of globalization in the 1990s, there has been an explosion of local environmental movements in the global south protesting neoliberal agendas, such as development, modernity, and progress, often collaboratively implemented by national governments and international finance. These local struggles have arisen out of specific socio-historical circumstances and differ vastly from each other. Nevertheless, they share some common concerns: environmental destruction, grassroots democracy, sustainable development, human rights, local land rights, cultural identity, and global social and environmental justice. While postcolonial theory has always trenchantly critiqued Western modernity or capitalist forms of exploitation, development, the environment, and the commons are its less prioritized terrains. Hence, this panel aims to explore the cross-over of these categories within the broader intersectional framework of postcolonialism and environmentalism.
This proposed panel at the tenth Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Biennial Conference invites the papers that explore the relationship between development, modernity, the commons, and the environment from postcolonial eco-/environmental perspectives.
Please send us an abstract or a proposal of 300-400 words (in word doc or rich text format) for your proposed paper to be presented at the tenth ASLE conference by November 12, 2012 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Arun K. Pokhrel) or email@example.com (Arjun Poudel). All proposals should include the title of the paper, author’s name, email address, and author’s institutional affiliation.