Feminist Theory and the Futures of Nature, ACLA 2015 proposals due Aug 31st, 2014

full name / name of organization: 
American Comparative LIterature Association
contact email: 
rylee001@uw.edu

The deconstruction of categories of animal, human, and cybernetic organisms has led to wholesale rethinking of corporeal futures. Likewise, the increase of information-based interactions refigures interactivity in ways which seem to subvert embodied expectation. Is this in fact the case? What are the frontiers of imagining futures, and how do feminist studies and queer theory help us get there?

This seminar undertakes an examination of the speculative possibilities of feminist texts, theories, and comparative methods, with the goal of collectively elucidating innovative methodologies for analyses of literature, film, the arts, and sociopolitical narratives. Taking its cues from recent discussions of failure, optimism, and futurity in gender and queer theory, this seminar invites papers exploring speculation, futurity, nature, and bodies theough feminist texts and methodologies.

Papers are invited on (but not limited to): explorations of gendered consequences to humanitarian interventions, feminist analyses of speculative texts, queering analyses of canonical texts, ramifications of analyzing gender in conflict narratives, methodologies of queer analyses for ecological futures or biographical narratives.

Please send abstracts (max 500 words), contact, and a brief biography by August 31st, 2014.

Contact Email:
rylee001@uw.edu

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond