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Incomplete (Eco)systems (March 3-5, 2023)

updated: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 12:30pm
English Graduate Students' Society (Université de Montréal)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2023

Critical conversations concerned with ecosystems often relate to various geos (-logies, -graphies, etc.), the anthropocene, and the techno-industrial. Yet, as Elizabeth Povinelli astutely questions, “[have] we become so entranced by the image of power working through life [namely biopolitics and its variations] that we haven’t noticed the new problems, figures, strategies and concepts emerging all around us…?” (4). The fluidity of ‘systems’ - whether they be ecological, political, social, etc.

Call for chapter abstracts - 'Deliberating Deep Time: Ecocritical Interventions from the GeoHumanities' (with Lexington)

updated: 
Monday, November 21, 2022 - 7:03am
edited by Dr Declan Lloyd (Lancaster University), Dr Craig Jones (University of Strathclyde)
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2023

We are currently seeking abstracts for an upcoming edited collection entitled Deliberating Deep Time: Ecocritical Interventions from the GeoHumanities which is to be published by Lexington (a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). The deadline for abstracts is 31st January, 2023.

Way Out West: People, Places, and Politics beyond Boundaries

updated: 
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 12:46pm
Western Literature Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 1, 2023

Artists and writers have long been deconstructing dominant notions of the American West. In 1957, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins released Way Out West, a record that drew inspiration from California landscapes, TV Westerns, and overlooked Black cowboys. The album cover depicts Rollins outfitted as a gunfighter in desert surrounds, complete with cacti and a sun-bleached cattle skull. Where you might expect to find a big iron on his hip, he cradles his tenor sax. Today, artists like Orville Peck continue to revise, rewrite, and expand the boundaries of what we might consider the story of the West both in sound, style, and location—the South African-born crooner, now based out of Canada, has gained major success on the U.S.

"Dickens Under Glass", 28th Annual Charles Dickens Symposium

updated: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 5:04pm
Charles Dickens Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2023

Considering Rochester’s vibrant culture of museums and long association with photographic technologies pioneered by Kodak and Xerox, the theme of the 2023 Dickens Society Symposium will be “Dickens under Glass.” The organizers invite you to interpret this theme broadly.

BOTANY, SEXUALITY, (UN)COMMONALITY - Panel proposed at the 2023 ASLE + AESS Conference: “Reclaiming the Commons”

updated: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 4:56pm
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment - 2023
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 9, 2022

Panel proposed at the 2023 ASLE + AESS Conference: “Reclaiming the Commons”

July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon

What are the possibilities—and limitations—of investigating commonalities between the plant and the human for discovering new forms of trans, nonbinary, and genderfluid sexualities? How might the study of vegetal forms of agency trouble the very notion of sexual subjectivity as something that originates inside an individual, rather than its environment? Given the role of botany as both a sexual and colonial science, how do postcolonial authors create new rhetorical relations to plant life to express not only queer sexual identities, but the specificities of postcolonial identity more broadly?

ASLE + AESS 2023: (Non)fictional Representations of Labor in Reclaiming the Commons

updated: 
Monday, November 14, 2022 - 12:48pm
Matt Morgenstern / Purdue University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Environmental humanists are uniquely poised to consider how creative texts (including but not limited to novels, short stories, poems, films, theatre, visual art media, and podcasts) represent the imagined labor of reclamating the commons across a variety of contexts. Though these representations may range from realist to fabulist, from actionable to impossible, EH teachers, writers, scholars, and activists can share these representations to inspire new, detailed methods of reclamation. Accordingly, this panel considers how various texts represent the labor of reclaiming the commons and how those representations speak to real-world reclamation efforts.

50 Years of La Storia: Elsa Morante Beyond History

updated: 
Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 6:05pm
Annali d'Italianistica
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 21, 2023

Please find below two calls for proposals for a special issue and a conference panel dedicated to Elsa Morante. Please notice that they have two different submission deadlines.

 

  1. CFP Annali d’italianistica 42 (2024) -  50 Years of La Storia: Elsa Morante Beyond History 

Wilson College Humanities Conference--The Animal Turn

updated: 
Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 6:03pm
Wendell Smith/Wilson College's M.A. in Humanities
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 16, 2023

 

 

Wilson College Humanities Conference

Theme: The Animal Turn

Saturday, February 25, 2023: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
Held in the Brooks Complex of Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA
Sponsored by Wilson College’s M.A. in Humanities Program

Call for Chapter Abstracts: 'Staying Together: NatureCulture in a Changing World' (Lexington Books)

updated: 
Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 3:01pm
Kaushani Mondal (University of North Bengal, India)
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

CALL FOR CHAPTERS

Abstracts are invited for the book titled Staying Together: NatureCulture in a Changing World contracted by Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield. Contributors include: Caren Irr (Brandeis University), Alf Hornborg (Lund University), Dominic Boyer (Rice University), Subhankar Banerjee (The University of New Mexico), Scott Slovic (University of Idaho), Lenka Filipova (Freie Universitat, Berlin), Nikoleta Zampaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), Micheal Northcott (University of Edinburgh & Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia) and others. The book will come out in 2023. 

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED - 13th Annual AAAD Studies Conference, "Roots, Limbs, and Leaves"

updated: 
Friday, November 4, 2022 - 1:24pm
African African American and Diaspora Studies Center at James Madison University
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

13th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted by James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

February 14-17, 2023

Deadline EXTENDED: November 15, 2022

The African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center at James Madison University invites proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference, to be held from Tuesday, February 14 to Friday, February 17, 2023.  The conference brings together scholars and archivists from a wide variety of overlapping and intersecting fields. This year’s theme is “Roots, Limbs, and Leaves.”

LAST CALL – EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR A SPECIAL NUMBER OF REVISTA CANARIA DE ESTUDIOS INGLESES (Spring 2023)

updated: 
Friday, November 4, 2022 - 10:48am
Research project "Literature and Globalization 2 (LYG2): Communities of Waste"
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses (RCEI) seeks two more submissions for a special issue on “Toxic Tales: Narratives of Waste in Post-Industrial North America,” guest-edited by Elsa del Campo Ramírez (Universidad Nebrija) and Sara Villamarín-Freire (Universidade da Coruña), to be published in spring 2023. 

Articles are expected to be 6,000-7,000 words in length and should be submitted by November 30th. Questions and submissions should be sent to Sara (sara.vfreire@udc.es) or Elsa (ecampo@nebrija.es).

 

The Ecology of Erasure

updated: 
Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 11:49am
Louisiana State University - English Graduate Student Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, December 31, 2022

The LSU English Graduate Student Association presents the 22rd annual Mardi Gras Conference: The Ecology of Erasure

February 15-17, 2023 | LSU Women’s Center | Hybrid Format

Political Animals- reclaiming the politics beyond humans ASLE conference

updated: 
Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 11:43am
Jai Apate/ UC Davis
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

"Hence it is evident that the state is a creation of nature, and that man is by nature a political animal."  This statement of of Aristotle is often interpreted as nonhumans not being concerned with politics and that politics is a prerogative of humans only. Political associations in a human society are often restricted to humans. However, contemporary research in ethology suggests that nonhuman communities and their associations are highly political. Similarly, the sixth mass extinction and the climate crisis have compelled humans to acknowledge that non-humans have always been a part of their political discourse and actions.  We invite papers that discuss humans and non-humans in political discourses and narratives.

Betwixt and between: Questions of the liminal

updated: 
Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 11:40am
Johns Hopkins University Spanish Graduate Students
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022

How does the liminal manifest in the Spanish-speaking world? To what does it respond in various contexts, spaces, and artistic expressions? From colonial wounds, through border disputes, gender expression, and artistic hybridization, the history of the Spanish-language sphere is one of diverse networks of communication. The idea of the liminal allows for the revision, evaluation, and deconstruction of these bordered spaces, to elaborate a site of dialogue and encounter. This conference proposes to be such a site.

 

Suggested themes include, but are not limited to:

FRAME 36.1 “Dying Wor(l)ds”

updated: 
Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 11:38am
FRAME, Journal of Literary Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

In “Land Sickness”, Nikolaj Schultz describes how he goes on vacation to “detach from the material consequences of [his] existence,” but upon arrival on a French island, he is once more faced with the material reality of existence, as the island’s coastline is eroding, caused by rising sea levels and the pressure of foreign tourism. He writes: “Neither Pareto, Marx or Bourdieu died in vain, but none of them offer a language sufficient to articulate the geo-social struggle for territory that unfolds on the island. I myself lack a language to understand what is happening.” How indeed, does one think and write about the world that is disappearing under our feet? 

Edith Wharton and Weather: Culture, Climate, and Change

updated: 
Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 11:38am
American Literature Association Conference 2023
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, January 5, 2023

American Literature Association

34th Annual Conference

May 25-28, 2023

The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Edith Wharton and Weather: Culture, Climate, and Change

 

There’s a lot of weather in Edith Wharton’s writing: storms, snow, heat, and wind. Among other questions, proposals might consider the following:

 

Narrative at the Dull Edge of Extinction — ASLE + AESS 2023

updated: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 6:57am
Nathaniel Otjen (Princeton University)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Joint Conference — Portland, OR, July 9-12, 2023

Narrative at the Dull Edge of Extinction

Emerson Society Panel at Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 2023

updated: 
Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 12:49pm
Ralph Waldo Emerson Society
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 15, 2023

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society will sponsor a panel at the 82nd Annual Gathering of the Thoreau Society—exploring the themes of Thoreau, politics, and extinction—to be held July12-16, 2023, in Concord, MA.

“Fates, Fortunes, and Resources in the Postbellum Republic”

Ingenium2023 LAS VEGAS

updated: 
Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 12:41pm
IngeniumCreatives
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 28, 2023

Event:    Ingenium2023 LAS VEGAS

Hosted on the campus of the University of Nevada--Las Vegas (UNLV)

in the Student Union Ballrooms

May 22-25, 2023

 

Produced by:   IngeniumCreatives    

Contact:   cathy.allen@unlv.edu

 

Submission Deadline:    January 28, 2023

Submission Proposal link:  Ingenium 2023 Proposal Form

Human-Plant Entanglement: Thinking with Plants in the Anthropocene

updated: 
Sunday, October 30, 2022 - 10:58am
Ratul Nandi
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The human and plant relationship stretches back to the earliest of times, arguably 20,000 years ago when the prehistoric hunter-gatherers had not quite learned to domesticate the wild vegetal species that grew around them. Learning to domesticate the plants for their own use was a decisive moment that changed humans into an agricultural unit and left the promise of a quantum leap in human history. Indeed, for the last twenty millennia, humans and plants have co-evolved in such diverse but intimate ways that the history of one would be unthinkable without the history of the other.

"This is You Beyond You": Representing the Present through Speculative Futures [ACLA SEMINAR]

updated: 
Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 10:53am
ACLA 2023 Annual Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 31, 2022

"This is You Beyond You": Representing the Present through Speculative Futures

Seminar proposal for ACLA's annual meeting

https://www.acla.org/you-beyond-you-representing-present-through-specula...

 

"This is you beyond you. After and with the consequences of fracking past peak oil. After and with the defunding of the humanities. ... After the end of the world. After the ways we have been knowing the world" -- Pauline Gumbs, M Archive

“Tell me,” he says, “have you ever heard of something called a moon?” -- NK Jemisin, The Fifth Season

GeoSym 2023: Spatiality and Sustainability

updated: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 2:11pm
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Biodiversity loss, the warming of cities, increasing cost and demand of housing with limited supply, and many other topics are issues relating to spatiality and sustainability. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Department of Geography and Sustainability seeks to highlight Spatiality and Sustainability as meeting points for a broad range of disciplines exploring the changing distribution of both human and natural elements on our planet across space and time. We invite the submission of abstracts from undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty from all disciplines with a strong emphasis on the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of space/time research.

Travel and Literature at CEA 2023 (March 30-April 1)

updated: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 9:12am
College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on Travel and Literature for our 52nd annual conference, March 30-April 1, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas. Submit your 250-500 word abstract at https://www.conftool.pro/cea2023.  

Call for Contributions Edited Volume "Women Who Write Animals"

updated: 
Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 4:57pm
Lorraine Kerslake / University of Alicante
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 23, 2022

Contributions are sought for a volume that seeks to rethink and recover the history and future of English-speaking female authors who wrote about animals (as scientists, popularizers, storytellers, novelists and poets) from the late eighteenth to the early twenty-first century. We seek to explore the question of how female writers conceive nature and represent animals from a feminist perspective by examining their role in the reconstruction of nature and looking at how they represent non-human animals and their/our relationship with them. The collection aims to pay tribute to what Anglophone female writers did in the name of nature and local wildlife by recovering their contributions and reviewing history.

The “Safe Animal” Sensibility - ACLA 2023

updated: 
Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 4:51pm
Jiwon Rim and Yea Jung Park
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 31, 2022

This panel invites discussions on the contemporary politics of the “safe animal” in literature and media—in all the registers and valences of “safe.” An overworked but underexplored cultural trope, safe animals are constantly in demand across various forms of popular media: animal memes and pet-related small talk are the safest conversation starters, “cute” cat pictures always promise to comfort, and ample cultural scaffolding is in place to help us stick to animals that are safe. For example, the website Does the Dog Die, a crowdsourced platform for “emotional spoilers” about movies and other popular media, promises to protect viewers from “upsetting” material including the death of animals.

ACLA 2023 seminar: Imperial Mobilities: 20 and 21st-Century “Auto-fictions”

updated: 
Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 4:28pm
Columbia University
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 31, 2022

Theorists like Henri Lefebvre (1968), Guy Debord (1981), and John Urry (2004) have long drawn attention to the shifting social and cultural significance of the automobile. In the US, Paul Gilroy argues,“Cars emerged as a potent presence in the newly imperial nation’s potent fantasies of metropolitan order, commerce, and reform” (Gilroy 2010, 33).

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