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Diplomacy and the Natural Environment (journal special issue)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 3:08pm
Ken Weisbrode/Diplomatica
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 15, 2020

deadline for submissions: 

15 February 2020

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For this special issue of Diplomatica we invite proposals for essays on aspects of diplomacy’s relationship to the natural environment. Essays may cover any historical period up to the present-day. The central questions that this special issue poses are:

How does the natural environment condition, cause, or complicate diplomatic action?

From Annihilation to High Life: Feminist Posthumanism and Postfeminist Humanism in Contemporary Science Fiction Film

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 11:14am
Posthumanism Research Network
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 6, 2020

From Annihilation to High Life: Feminist Posthumanism and Postfeminist Humanism in Contemporary Science Fiction Film

Joint panel of the Posthumanism Research Network and FSAC Annual Meeting of the Film Studies Association of Canada (FSAC), June 02-04, 2020, University of Western Ontario, London (ON)

Organizers: Julia Empey (WLU) and Russell Kilbourn (WLU)

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 06, 2020

“So What Happens Now?”: Ernest Cline’s Prose and Poetry

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 11:46am
Tom Ue / Dalhousie University
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Calling all Gunters! The past few years have seen a growing number of scholarly interventions on Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One (2011), exploring topics that range from his portrayal of dys/utopias (see Nordstrom, Ue) to his use of Pac-Man as a metaphor (Ue and Munday), and from Cline’s treatment of masculinity (Condis) to his invocation of Arthurian romance (Aronstein and Thompson). In 2018, the novel was adapted into a critically and commercially successful hit, earning an Academy Award nomination.

Shared Futures: The Symbiosis of the Humanities and the Sciences

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 11:13am
University at Albany English Graduate Student Organization
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020

The relationship between the sciences and the humanities is one that is currently marked by tension. Often viewed as distinct in their approaches to collecting and creating data, the two fields rarely come together to combine methodologies and form what could be a powerful symbiosis of qualitative and quantitative research. For our 18th annual conference, the English Graduate Student Organization is especially interested in exploring the past, present, and future relationships between STEM and the humanities.


Climate Fictions

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 10:17am
Graduate Center for Literary Research
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Graduate Center for Literary Research Annual Conference Call for Papers


Climate Fictions

April 18-19, 2020

McCune Conference Room, HSSB


As climate change has become a central topic of discussion, laced with the uncertainty of tomorrow, the UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to reframe their conversations with a focus on this ubiquitous topic as it has been interpreted in literary fiction, as well as within the arts.

Dark Economies: Anxious Futures, Fearful Pasts Conference

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:31am
Falmouth University, UK 8-10 July 2020
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 2, 2020

After the success of the Folk Horror in the Twenty First Century conference hosted by Falmouth University, we are holding another related conference in 2020.


The present is dark. With the rise of right-wing populism, global migrations and immigrations, continued violence, abuse and crime, prejudice and intolerance, there is increasing anxiety about the future. The Earth itself is under threat from environmental catastrophe and a mass extinction event is anticipated. The collapse of society, morality, and the environment was often also feared in the past, particularly in Gothic, horror and dystopian fictions and texts. What were the monsters of the past? What are our monsters now?


Theorizing Corporeality in the Climate Change Era

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 3:42pm
Kritika Kultura
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 31, 2020

Theorizing about the body has never been more urgent than in our current era of climate change. Stacy Alaimo has compellingly argued that “potent ethical and political possibilities emerge from the literal contact zone between human corporeality and more-than-human nature.” In the decade or so since she first penned those words, these ethical and political possibilities have become even more urgent, and the borders of the contact zones themselves have become more blurred. Climate change has had increasingly intimate corporeal implications (especially in the Global South), and the widening gap between the rich and the poor has only exacerbated these matters, as has the global rise in right-wing extremism.

Language, Culture, Environment Journal

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 11:30pm
Vivienne Westbrook / KIMEP University
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020


Language, Culture, Environment (co-edited by Dr. Vivienne Westbrook, Professor of English & Cultural Studies at KIMEP University and John Westbrook, Senior Lecturer at KIMEP University) is currently inviting submissions for the inaugural edition of this important new journal. The title of this issue will be  2020: Retrospect, Revision and Vision.

Access and Accessibility: Disability is Not a Metaphor

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 3:37pm
English Student Association, City University of New York Graduate Center
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Disability has functioned historically to justify inequality for disabled people themselves, but it has also done so for women and [other] minority groups. That is, not only has it been considered justifiable to treat disabled people unequally, but the concept of disability has been used to justify discrimination against other groups by attributing disability to them.

-          Douglas C. Baynton, Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History



PHuN Symposium 2020: Envisioning Learning and Trust

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:16pm
Posthuman Network
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, December 20, 2019

In an age of technological growth, globalization, and neoliberalism, the ways we build trust are being dramatically transformed. Simultaneously, funding for education has become subject to market- and data-driven directives, neglecting the needs of vulnerable communities and ecologies. How do we learn to trust and trust in learning when our communities and connections are increasingly distant, ephemeral, and mediated? How do we avoid falling to game-theoretically governed social, economic, and informatic relations? What aspects of trust are under-considered in efforts for learning and change? Where are the flows of trust in above/below-ground networks (institutions, organizations, grassroots movements, communities of practice, etc.)?