[UPDATE] Paving the Way: Roads, Rivers, and Railways in Culture and Criticism

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Natures 2014 [featuring Dr. Cheryll Glotfelty as the plenary speaker]
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This conference will explore the ways in which culture has shaped and been shaped by the ever-growing and changing sources of human expansion. From ancient game trails to winding river routes, from the roads of the Roman empire to the railroads of the British Empire, from the multi-laned freeways of modernity to the internet of the new millennium, humans have marked and been marked by the earth while pushing against their physical limitations. In a parallel way, people have pushed against the ideologies of their community and forged new paths into and through social consciousness, reflecting, refining, and expanding these revolutionary ideas through cultural and critical expressions. Visit our website: http://44547.orgsync.com/org/naturesconference/home

Papers might explore topics ranging from the ways in which setting has impacted cultural content (e.g. gender freedom in the Forest of Arden in "As You Like It" and the online gaming world) or the way in which characters push or are pushed by the environment in which they are placed (e.g. Elizabeth's defiant walks in "Pride and Prejudice" and the humans positioned inside landscape paintings of the 18th and 19th century).

While the organizers are particularly interested in papers with an environmental focus, submission from any critical perspective and from any field in the humanities are encouraged. Interdisciplinary papers, hybrid criticisms (e.g. ecofeminism), and pre-formed panels are especially welcome.

Dr. Cheryll Glotfelty (University of Nevada, Reno), the plenary speaker for Natures 2014, rocked the academic world with her dissertation (Cornell University, 1990) and her many subsequent publications, which have all been pivotal to the emergence of ecocriticism as a recognized field of scholarship over the past 20 years.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit your title and 250 word abstract to our website: http://44547.orgsync.com/org/naturesconference/home

Submission Deadline: October 28, 2013
Conference Date: February 28, 2014

Pre-formed panel submissions should include 3-4 presentations each with titles and 250 word abstracts in addition to a 50 word panel title and abstract.