CFP: [American] Geopolitical Ecofeminisms

full name / name of organization: 
Christine Battista
contact email: 
chrissybattista@gmail.com

CALL FOR PAPERS
Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders: A Graduate Conference on Nineteenth
Century Transatlanticism

1st Annual Graduate Conference of the American Studies and Victorian
Studies Associations
Binghamton University
Binghamton, New York November 7-8, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Leonard Tennenhouse, Brown University

Panel Topic:
Transatlantic Geopolitical Ecofeminisms

In the 19th century both America and Europe were nations on the brink of
industrial, political and economic progress. Frontier settlement was
expanding and America was becoming a unified nation. Many writers from the
19th century onward, however, explore and reveal the hidden deceptions that
lie within the myth of a unified nation. This panel seeks papers that
explore these myths from a contemporary ecofeminist perspective, a
perspective that focuses primarily on Europe and/or America as a
patriarchal regime that has historically constituted women and nature as
inherently inferior and passive.
Papers dealing with themes of land settlement and wilderness destruction;
medicalization and hysteria of women; transatlantic gender constructions;
the role of science and experimentation on the ecos and/or women are of
particular interest. How are these themes discussed in Transatlantic
texts? What similarities/differences existed between American and European
writings concerning gender, geopolitics, and science? Is there a
Transatlantic conversation concerning these issues between European and
American authors during the 19th century? This panel invites paper
proposals that address these questions, or any other aspects that embody
geopolitical ecofeminism.

Please submit abstracts between 250-500 words, no later than August 15,
2008 to Christine Battista: chrissybattista_at_gmail.com

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