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[UPDATE] EXTENDED DEADLINE: 5th June 2014 - Call For Papers: Soils and Narrative: 5 July 2014
full name / name of organization:
Jude Allen/Mat Osmond, Soil Culture Forum, University College Falmouth, UK
firstname.lastname@example.org and Mat.Osmond@falmouth.ac.uk
A one day literary event held as part of the
2 - 5 July 2014, Falmouth University.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
The Soil Culture Forum is a four day event, the final day of which is devoted to connections between soil and the written word.
The year 2015 has been designated the ‘UN International Year of Soils 2015. Driven by the increasing loss of soil, the intention of the ‘UN International Year of Soils 2015.’ is to promote an awareness through all sectors of society enabling an understanding of just how important the soil is to the maintenance of our existence on this planet.
Without soil, we cannot exist.
We have lost an understanding of not only the physical presence of soil, but also of the stories that provide a cultural appreciation of what soil means to us. Soils and Narrative will focus not simply on the soil itself, but on the cultural narratives that are a conceptual part of soil and, indeed, of ourselves.
In an exciting and inspirational interdisciplinary approach which takes into account the fundamental importance of creating soil awareness across both the academic and the public spectrum, we are seeking both academic and creative papers that address some form of engagement between soil and narrative.
The submissions should fit into one of four broad criteria:
• Digging/ploughing (or not)
These criteria provide an outline or meeting place for not only a focused set of ‘conversations’ between soil and various narratives, but also for a dynamic meeting between disciplines within the humanities as well as laypersons with an interest in the soil. One thought is to begin each session with a creative piece and then follow with several more conventional academic papers. As well as items that would fill traditional twenty minute timeslots, we would also be very interested in presentation proposals following the Pechakucha format: http://www.pechakucha.org/faq. Creative workshop proposals will also be considered.
Suggestions for possible topics could come under, but are not limited to:
Soil and poetry
Please submit a 250-word abstract, details of type and length of submission and brief CV to both:
Soil Culture Forum
Over four days at Falmouth University's Woodlane campus in July this year, the RANE research group in collaboration with The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW) invite you to join us at the Soil Culture Forum.