In cosmogonical texts like the Navajo Myth, the search for an ecology of inter-species relations is threatened by the meeting of the horizons of the sky and the earth which unhinges the stable cosmos. In narratives of climate dystopias like Bruno Arpaia's Something Out There (2016) and ecological parables like Wu Ming-Yi's The Man with Compound Eyes (2011), the threats of expulsions from habitable places and the severing of human relationships are explored within apocalyptic frameworks of planetary harm.
In terms of a national frame and a geo-political collective, India has been a witness to multiple psychotraumatological contextualities of volatile historical and political upheavals and ruptures.
Want to learn more about Caribbean fantasy, folklore, speculative, and science fiction? Interested in established and emerging Caribbean voices about all things sf? Then tune in to The Caribbean Science Fiction Network. In this podcast I spotlight emerging and established Caribbean voices who use sf genres to explore future states of Caribbean identity.
Our previous books, Poetry and Pedagogy across the Lifespan (2018) and Poetry and Sustainability in Education (forthcoming 2021/22), explore poetry’s crucial role in educating learners of all age groups to meet the challenges faced as we navigate current and future crises. While both of these volumes provide theoretical approaches and applicable tools and methods for teaching poetry in numerous contexts, the essays are heavily weighted towards European/North American poets and/or Western educational institutions. This new volume seeks to invite perspectives from around the globe, centering on comparativist or non-Western paradigms and practices.
Extrapolation: Special Issue on Posthumanism and New Materialism
We invite abstracts for a new book of original essays which explore the meaning and/or function of still or moving bodies of water -- lakes, rivers, the sea, gulfs, streams, ponds, canals -- in narratives by African Americans.
Queer Sahara | Queer Sonora
A Panel at the 53rd Annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Convention
March 10-13, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland (although hybrid presentations are possible)
In this panel, we will consider shared connections across desert spaces in the queer imaginary, using the Sonoran Desert and the Sahara Desert as specific sites of comparison, reinvention, liberation, and self-definition. Rather than empty spaces or zones of death, these deserts and their vibrant ecosystems contain various well-established queer enclaves such as Palm Springs, California; Bisbee and Melrose (Phoenix), Arizona; and locales at the edge of the Sahara, such as Fes and Marrakesh, Morocco.
Call for papers
Kathleen Raine, poet of the past or of times to come?
International Conference: A Homage to Kathleen Raine
We are delighted to confirm that the international conference in Homage to Kathleen Raine will be held in person at the Sorbonne and at the research center of the Sorbonne Nouvelle on March 24 and 25, 2022. The call for papers (see below) has been extended to October 31, 2021. You will find all the necessary information on the conference website.
Popular Culture Association
Seattle April 13-16, 2022
Subject Area: Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes
Deadline: November 15, 2021
Scope of the paper topics accepted under this area:
Dancing, perhaps most famously of the Tik Tok variety, has helped many cope and adapt to the past year’s pandemic, making people feel connected in an almost choreographed way. Not only infiltrating certain web sites, site-specific dance—choreographed work inspired by a specific space or place—is becoming increasingly relevant, especially in environmental terms. Recent projects such as Karole Armitage’s “On the Nature of Things” or Jody Sperling’s “Polar Rhythms” have taken nature, and more specifically climate change and other environmental issues, as their source of inspiration. A transformative art, dance offers the possibility of intimate connection and even continuous metamorphosis.
The critical (re)turn to negation has provoked unprecedented attention to hope and hopelessness as key terms of contemporary living and dying. In her monograph on ecological crisis and political theology, Catherine Keller argues that hope must be decoupled from optimism. Where optimism and pessimism determine their outcomes in advance, hope takes root in uncertainty and remains there. The point of hope is, after all, that we cannot know how something will go.
Polish Association for American Studies 32nd Annual Conference
Darkness in Paradise: American Declarations, Disillusions, and Disasters
December 9-11, 2021, University of Rzeszów, Poland
The 19th international conference of the
Gesellschaft für englische Romantik (Society for English Romanticism) will be hosted
by the Chair of English Literature of the University of Augsburg and held as a residential conference at ‘Haus Sankt Ulrich’ in Augsburg.
Augsburg, September 29 – October 2, 2022
Haus Sankt Ulrich
Tagungshotel der Diözese Augsburg
In La naturaleza colonizada: Ecología política y minería en América Latina (2011), Héctor Alimonda highlights political-intellectual traditions in Latin America that, when elaborated within other geopolitical forms of knowledge, show us how “a long history of unequal, combined development and a global rupture of the society-nature metabolism increasingly penalizes Latin American nature and its communities” (22). Alimonda’s notion of political ecology in Latin America engages with traditions fundamentally dedicated to multifaceted practices of care—to the acknowledgment of and participation in sustainable economic, environmental, and political development and protection in face of regional, national, and international extractivist forces.
Stratified Nature: Women’s Writing and Nature Past, Present, and Future—Extended Deadline
As we continue the study of the Anthropocene and society’s intersections with nature, this collection searches for essays on women’s writing, Anthropocene, and futurism. This anthology’s scope will be broad, with a focus on analysis of women writers, society, and nature in the past, present, and future.
Call for Contributions
ReVisions: Speculating in Literature and Film in Canada (essay collection)
Edited by Wendy Roy, University of Saskatchewan
In recent years, we could witness the rise of the ethical in the field of Humanities. Be it Ethics studies proper, Bio-ethics, Animal studies, Feminism, Postcolonialism or Ecocriticism, most popular trends in the Humanities have to do with the ethical, with what could be dubbed “the New Humanism”. In the fourth issue of the online journal In Spatele Blocului (Romanian)/Behind the Block (www.inspateleblocului.ro), we accept papers and art that have to do with any of these topics or other themes related to the study of the ethical and humanism. We welcome short articles, essays, poetry, prose, drama and visual art.
American Comparative Literature Association 2022 Annual Meeting
National Taiwan Normal University
Organizer: Arnab Roy
Co-Organizer: Shailen Mishra
34TH EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR AMERICAN STUDIES CONFERENCE
UNED, Madrid 6-8 April 2022
The year 2022 marks the centenary of the publication of T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land. The title of the conference alludes to Eliot’s work and the main themes in it, expanding the idea of the wasteland to the study of the United States. Hence, the overarching theme of the conference is open to all kinds of reflections around the concept of “wasteland” and waste. EAAS 2022 invites proposals that address the concept of waste in U.S. culture, history, and politics.
Proposals may address (but are not restricted to) the following topics:
WASTELANDS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
[Proposal and Registration Deadlines Extended]
The 15th Biennial Jack London Society Symposium will be held December 9–12, 2021 at The Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center in Sonoma, California.
The organizers of the 2021 Jack London Society Symposium encourage participants to experiment with innovative, alternative, and established theoretical approaches to the life and work of Jack London.We welcome conventional 20-minute paper presentations and panel submissions on any aspect of the author’s life and work. Proposals for roundtables or teaching presentations are encouraged, especially those that connect London with other writers and artists.
Christopher Newport University’s College of Arts and Humanities seeks abstracts for the forthcoming
Global Conference on Women and Gender
to be held in person and online, March 17-19, 2022
Our theme is:
Community, Care, and Crisis
The tern Genocide was coined by Raphael Lemkin in 1944, in a context heavily influenced by the events of the Jewish Holocaust. The parameters of Genocide, and its legal consequences were gathered in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide that recognizes that the following are factors that take place in a genocide:
-Killing members of the group
-Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group
-Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring physical destruction in whole or in part
-Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group
-Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group
Celebrating the role of women in Texas conservation, we are compiling an edited collection of essays composed by and about Texas women conservationists. Essay topics will include but are not limited to historic explorations of Texas women in the field of conservation; trailblazing Texas women in contemporary conservation; BIPOC women in Texas conservation; conservation as a field in Texas academia; inspiring future generations of Texas women conservationists; career potentials for women in the Texas field of conservation; and Texas women conservationists’ personal reflections.
The Association for Philosophy and Literature (APL)
26 MAY – 29 May 2022
Animal, Moral, Technological
Call for Papers
CALL FOR PAPERS
INTERFACES: Representing Human and Environmental Vulnerability
in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
University of Granada
9-10 June, 2022