Since its invention around 100 BC in China, paper has shaped and supported an incredibly wide range of social, cultural, and artistic practices all over the world and of all ages. This interdisciplinary panel seeks case studies that interrogate the political and aesthetic potential of paper. It welcomes contributions from all disciplines, areas, periods, and geographies. Topics may include but are not limited to: paper as a trade commodity; the materiality of paper; paper artifacts; paper as a tool for governance; epistolary cultures; manuscripts and printed matters.
Panel Session, NeMLA’s 54th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls, March 23-26
In concert with the theme of the 2023 NeMLA annual convention, “Resilience,” this panel will consider in what forms sustainability and resilience (broadly conceived) appear in the literature and philosophy of ancien régime France. In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries, France and Europe more broadly faced a variety of social, political, economic, and environmental crises, from the brutal Wars of Religion in the sixteenth century, to the “Little Ice Age” climatic downturn that affected agricultural production, to more international disputes, political uprisings like the Fronde, the 1720 outbreak of plague in Marseille, and the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.
CALL FOR PAPERS:
LIFE WRITING AS WORLD LITERATURE (book)
Deadline for abstracts: July 1, 2022Deadline for final essays: January 1, 2023
The series Literatures as World Literature by Bloomsbury Publishing aims to “take a novel approach to world literature by analyzing specific constellations — according to language, nation, form, or theme — of literary texts and authors in their own world-literary dimensions.” https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/series/literatures-as-world-literature/
What does it mean to write and think about nature? Do language, thought, and mimesis ultimately have the capacity to impact (and possibly cultivate) our natural environments, and do these environments in turn have the capacity to impact (and possibly cultivate) our words and ideas? Taking such questions as a starting point, this panel aims to explore how the relationship between the human community and the environment has occupied a central space within literature and thought across various epochs and epistemological arenas.
Medical sociologist Arthur Frank argues in his foundational The Wounded Storyteller that an ideal illness narrative accepts contingency and acknowledges that “the human body, for all its resilience, is fragile” (49). About her own illness experience, Audre Lorde famously argues that our greatest strength stems - paradoxically, perhaps - from our greatest vulnerability (Cancer Journals 14). Both of these perspectives suggest that resilience is finite, and that recognizing as much can be itself empowering. This panel therefore wonders: what potential does fragility have in a world rife with environmental disasters, personal and structural traumas and other catastrophes that all seem to demand resilience?
While the phenomenon of warming may be global, the effects of it are not. Evidence is clear that many populations in the Global South are more vulnerable to the harm of rising seas, increasing droughts, and more frequent super storms. We are also increasingly aware that in areas of the Global North, political, economic, and social inequities contribute in significant ways to unequal climate vulnerability and resilience. As a result, calls for climate justice are becoming more urgent. But what does such justice look like from different social and geo-historical locations? Whose voices carry in these urgent conversations about what climate justice means, and whose do not?
COVID showed us what we already knew, how fragile global capitalist societies are and how unresilient they become when the structures get shocked. Some of those structures deserve to be destroyed (authoritarianism, nationalism, racism, colonialism, labor exploitation, e.g.); others need to be shored up or replaced with even better institutions and practices (healthcare, the planetary ecosystem, wealth equity, social justice, e.g.). When these fragile structures fail, their failures disproportionately affect those least able to bear the harm. And, around the world, the harmful effects of exploitative structures are repeatedly discriminatorily directed.
Call for chapters
Invitation to submit a chapter to an Edited Collection, Speaking Picture and Silent Text: Intersections of Word and Image in Victorian Literature, edited by Amina Alyal (Leeds Trinity University). Contract with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Projected publication date December 2022. Proposals by 15 July 2022.
The abstract/call for the Collection is here:
Good Country: Ernest Hemingway and the American West
Ross K. Tangedal and Larry Grimes, eds.
deadline for submissions: June 30, 2022 full name / name of organization: ELLAK (English Language and Literature Association of Korea) contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The English Language and Literature Association of Korea (ELLAK) presents its annual conference to be held virtually from Thursday, December 15 to Saturday, December 17, 2022.
The Coronavirus Pandemic: An Environmental Humanities Perspective
Organized by Tatiana Konrad, Chantelle Mitchell, and Savannah Schaufler
Call for Papers
February 15-17, 2023
Abstract Submission Deadline:
July 1, 2022
Online via Zoom
Environmental Humanities; Health Humanities; Environmental History/Studies; Ecology; Anthropocene Studies
Dr. Cymene Howe (Rice University)
Dr. Eben Kirksey (Deakin University)
Celebrating 75 years of Indian Independence: India and Indian Writing in English
(Call for Papers for the June 2022 issue (Vol. II, Issue. II) of Akademos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Literary and Culture Studies)
Last Date of Submission: 25th June, 2022
2023 Steinbeck Conference: “Reading, Teaching, and Translating Steinbeck”
March 22-24, 2023
San José State University, San José CA
We remember the grip of cool morning air around us as we waited for school in the morning. We still flinch when we see the silhouettes of the seagulls that stole our food, and inhale deeply when we catch the scent of fresh cut grass on the breeze. We all have favorite places, and locations that draw up memories every time we pass. Every place has its own things that make it special, and its own way that it fuels the lives and imaginations of those who live nearby.
CONCEPT NOTE AND CALL FOR PAPERS
This session is open to all papers that explore some aspect of Young Adult literature and/or culture. The panel is particularly interested in papers attuned to some facet of the conference theme, " Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian.” How does space impact YA literature and/or culture? How is the Anthropocene represented in YA fantasy? Further, presentations that examine diverse voices in literature and media are encouraged. This panel welcomes submissions about young adult literature, film, television, etc. Feel free to submit an abstract pertaining to the conference theme or otherwise.
Venti: Air, Experience, and Aesthetics invokes both the number ‘twenty’ and ‘the winds.’ Conceived in the year 2020, the journal is a forum for discussions centered on the year’s foregrounding of air, its related themes, and historical, interdisciplinary, and critical resonances. Ventiasks: how do we become aware of something invisible and of things that are always in the air — such as the air itself? Investigating this query in a series of thematic issues, Venti explores the indexical qualities of air and our awareness of it through effects and affects.
The University of Lausanne, the French Vladimir Nabokov Society and the Jan Michalski Foundation are joining forces to organize the Sixth International Vladimir Nabokov Conference sponsored by the French Vladimir Nabokov Society. After the three conferences in Paris (2013, 2019, 2021), Biarritz (2016), Lille and Chapel Hill (2018), this conference will explore the rich relationship of Nabokov’s oeuvre to the natural world.
Our Call for Papers focuses on an interdisciplinary study of sustainability culture and the Agroecological Transition. In our research at NCHU/IAC, we find that the same core question arises over and time again: how is it possible that even though we already have all the knowledge and technology required to live and farm sustainably, we do not seem to be able to fully achieve this? We postulate that the answers are found in how we form our culture and how we relate to the technology that gives us our comforts. Which values do we have, how do we think the world works, and do we really want to be sustainable, no matter what?
The call for proposals is now open for the eighth annual interdisciplinary conference held by Humber’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences in collaboration with the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
This year’s conference is titled “Climate in Crisis (Activism, Apathy and Responsibility: Social Responses to and Social Causes of the Current Climate Crisis).”
Call for Papers: International Conference
Immunity and Contagion: Philosophical and Biopolitical Approaches Toward the Pandemic
29-30 September 2022, Vilnius
The conference “Immunity and Contagion: Philosophical and Biopolitical Approaches toward the Pandemic” will seek to reconceptualize the notions of immunity and contagion and redefine the concept of biopolitics in the current crisis caused by the COVID-19. We invite scholars from different philosophical backgrounds to consider key questions that constitute and are constituted by the concepts of immunity and contagion.
“Lost in La-la-land, or, W(a/o)ndering in the City”
The XXIV Annual Elizabeth Madox Roberts Conference:
July 10-12, 2022
St. Catharine Motherhouse—Springfield, Kentucky
This proposed special issue navigates the intersections of Black and Indigenous ecologies. Ecologies encompass natural and constructed environments, understories, and overstories that allow renewed attention to notions of mobility, modernity, protest, climate change, human and nonhuman relationality, and more. Ecologies shape and are shaped by macro as well as micro units of the community, the nation-state, and the global. Ecologies are also fundamental to the ways we approach and understand historical, social, political, and economic relationships around the world.
Call for Proposals: Ecology and Esotericism
Special Issue in Correspondences: Journal for the Study of Esotericism
Guest editor: Timothy Grieve-Carlson (Westminster College)
Call for Papers Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica is an international, interdisciplinary, open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Käte Hamburger Centre for Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Studies (CAPAS) at Heidelberg University.
Editors: Robert Folger, Felicitas Loest and Jenny Stümer
Article length: 8,000-9,000 words
Deadline: Year-round – 15 July 2022 (for our next issue)
Co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, papers are sought for a session that investigates any aspect of ecocriticism, including (but not limited to) ecocritical theory, Indigenous ecocriticism, environmental ethics, environmental justice, colonial, postcolonial, and settler colonial ecologies, gender and ecology, literary representations of non-human being, and interdisciplinary investigations of literature and environmental science. This session gives particular consideration to papers that engage with the 2022 conference theme of "Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian."
Middle English Literary Environments
2022-2023 Illinois Medieval Association Symposium
Online and Free
Session Organizer: Michael W. Hollis-George, Millikin University
Session Date: 30 September 2022
Deadline for paper proposals: 1 July 2022