CFP: [General] Proposed Panel: "Ecocritical Agriculturalities/Agricultural Ecocriticisms" (ASLE, June 2009)

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Scott Hicks
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CFP: ASLE 8th Biennial Conference, Proposed Panel (Deadline Oct. 19, 2008)
June 3 to 6, 2009
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Proposed Panel: "Ecocritical Agriculturalities/Agricultural Ecocriticisms"
In keeping with ASLE’s interest in presentations of work related to literature from rooted modes
of life and ecocriticism (, I welcome paper
proposals for a proposed panel that will theorize and explore the complex intersections of
agriculture, literature, and environmental studies in post-“Battle of Seattle” world.
Bestsellers like Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006),
the rise of “slow food” and “locavore” movements worldwide, and continuing resistance to World
Trade Organization farm policies that result in global food insecurity, environmental pollution,
and rural depopulation offer a dynamic context in which to theorize texts old and new, pastoral
and georgic, antipastoral and antigeorgic, in light of emerging consciousnesses of the ecological
and cultural consequences of contemporary agriculture.
This panel seeks to continue the work of scholars of agriculture and literature (such as William
Conlogue, Stephanie Sarver, Timothy Sweet, and others) and propose new directions in defining
and theorizing a branch of ecocriticism that might problematize transnational industrial
agriculture, create alternative visions of agriculture, and complexify the relationship of ecocritical
reader/eater and cultural text.
Please send a 500-word abstract, as an attachment, for consideration for inclusion in this panel
proposal to Scott Hicks at by Oct. 19, 2008. I will confirm receipt of all

Thank you.

Scott Hicks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of English & Theatre
University of North Carolina, Pembroke
104B Dial Hall
Pembroke, North Carolina 28372
(910) 775-4032 (O)
(910) 775-4092 (F)

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