[REMINDER] CFP: Ecology and the Environmental Humanities

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Department of English, Rice University
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September 13-14, 2013
Ecology and the Environmental Humanities
Keynotes: Prof. Claire Colebrook, The Pennsylvania State University
Prof. Timothy Morton, Rice University

The 2013 English Symposium at Rice University invites responses to the ecological and nonhuman turns in the humanities. These turns are undoubtedly responses to environmental crises, food shortages, global warming, factory farming, and species extinction, but this symposium is also interested in discussing the emergence of nonhumans, such as matter, objects, animals, systems, technology, and media, in our critical conversations surrounding these problems.

While the humanities have an opportunity to challenge the problems and solutions put forth by scientific discourses, the Anthropocene, the post-Natural, and the Posthuman come to challenge humanism. What are humanities scholars able to contribute to the conversations concerning ecology and nonhumans?

Papers can address these topics across a variety of periods, genres, disciplines, and theoretical frames, such as:

Affect Theory - Biopolitics - Capitalism and Political Economy - Critical Animal Studies - Critical Race Studies - Cybernetics and Technology - Disability Studies - Environmental Activism - Eugenics - Food studies - Gender and Sexuality Studies - Geopolitics - Green Capitalism - History of Science - Imperialisms - Medicine and Disease - New Materialism - New Media - Object Oriented Ontology - Population Studies - Postcolonialism - Posthumanism - Psychoanalysis - Reproduction - Settlement Studies - Social Movements - Sustainability - Systems Theory

Proposals (max 250 words) are due on July 1. Papers should be readable in 20 minutes, but shorter pieces are encouraged to allow more time for discussion. Please email proposals to rice.symposium@gmail.com as a word document or pdf file.