We are living in the Anthropocene, a geological epoch in which we wield power over the entire planet. But who, exactly, is the “we” in that sentence? As an imaginary, the Anthropocene allows “us” to understand “ourselves” as members of a species that is transforming “our” planet. As a material phenomenon, however, the Anthropocene divides “us” into disparate groups—whites and people of color, upper classes and working classes, men and women, citizens and refugees. How, in Bruno Latour’s terms, can we track the translations between nonhumans and humans? How, from Dipesh Chakrabarty’s perspective, can we straddle the thought rifts between the planetary and the global?
ecocriticism and environmental studies
What is the relationship of infrastructure to the social, the historical, and the literary, and how might different methodological approaches help us understand this relationship? In the introduction to their book Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructure, Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski have described "critical infrastructure studies" as a way to consider and historicize "infrastructures as large technical systems, urbanization campaigns, and sites of material culture...from bridges to power grids, from railways to sewer systems." When dreams of development, of globalization, of prosperity, or of imperial power take physical shape, they often take the form of large-scale construction projects.
COREOPSIS: A JOURNAL OF MYTH & THEATREPeer reviewed journal of the Society for Ritual Artshttp://societyforritualarts.org/ CFP Spring 2019: "Rituals of Resistance: Keeping Our Hearts Whole and Strong". Call for Papers for Spring 2019 - Submission Period is Open.Somehow we know that only living beings can be responsible and experience freedom. What is it about living beings, and about human beings in particular, such that this is the case? And what does that imply to the way we organize our human enterprises?
In a recent interview, philosopher Christopher Preston (Montana) notes that we are presently at a crux wherein we are in danger of losing contact with what he refers to as “the world outside of us, the world outside our control” (“Reengineering Our World: A Cautionary Tale,” Vision.org). At first blush, Preston is a thinker out of time with this sentiment--the kind of loss he refers to has more in common with the “back to the land” ethos of what is often called second wave environmentalism than it does with current analyses in the environmental humanities, many of which argue that the present intuition of the fading of the “world outside of us” is little more than an ideological distortion.
Jeffers’s Inevitable Place
2019 Robinson Jeffers Association Annual MeetingFebruary 15-17, 2019
Carmel Woman’s Club, Carmel, CA
Essays are invited from ecocritics, ecofeminists, ecopsychologists, Medievalists, and scholars for an anthology to be tentatively titled Eco D'Arthur: Green Camelot. The direction of current scholarhsip in ecocriticism focuses on science, ecology, and nature writing. More attention needs to be given to older literature, and in British literature, the medieval period. Though some attention has been given to Chaucer and to the period in general, there is relatively little ecocritical scholarship on Arthurian myth. This book- length work will analyze Arthurian myth through ecocritical/ecopsychological/ecofeminist perspectives. Indivudual essays might include:
Essays are invited from academics, scholars, research aspirants and animal advocates.
Aesthetics of Gentrification: Art, Architecture, and Displacement
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCT 26
University of Oregon in Portland
April 5-6, 2019
Pheng Cheah (University of California, Berkeley)
Ayona Datta (Kings College London)
Organized by the University of Oregon SLOW LAB, this interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from across the humanities, social sciences, and art and design fields to explore the aesthetic dimensions of gentrification in the present era of accelerated urbanism.
The quest for science and progress at the expense of ethical concerns of (animal) pain is laid bare in Chapter XIV, “Doctor Moreau Explains,” of H. G. Wells’s science fiction The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896). In this chapter, Edward Prendick, protagonist and narrator, discovers that the creatures he has previously encountered on the deserted island are not “animalized victims . . . animal-men," but what Moreau refers to as “humanized animals—triumphs of vivisection” instead. At this juncture, Prendick hears from Moreau “‘[his] colourless delight of . . . intellectual desires,’” which has led the doctor to experiment on different animals to gauge their malleability and submission to human will.
The academic press, MacBain & Boyd Publishers, is currently seeking book proposals and book-length manuscripts. Proposals may be for monographs, in-depth scholarly works, or anthologized collections in the below three fields of study or beyond. (Other areas of interest include political science, cultural studies, the broader arts and humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields.)
Topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: