Literature & Ecology Colloquium 30 August-1 September 2013

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Literature & Ecology
Tenth Anniversary Edition
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
August 30-September 1, 2013

First call for papers

The Literature & Ecology Colloquium was launched in Grahamstown in 2004. Since then it has migrated around South Africa, generously hosted by various institutions in KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape, and Gauteng. For the tenth edition, it returns to its home town. The emphasis of the colloquiums thus far has been on filling thematic gaps in studies of literature and its interfaces with the environment and its ecosystems. Themes addressed have included animals, birds, forests, urban ecologies, coastlines and mountains. Numerous publications have resulted.

Now seems an opportune moment to look back, assess how far we've come and where we might go, to theorise more broadly the practices of ecologically-orientated literary study (ecocriticism) in relation to our geo-political location in Southern Africa. What does it mean to be an ecocritic here, at this juncture in local and global history? How do and should our local practices articulate with those being performed elsewhere? What is the place of ecocritical theory itself in relation to our specific realities?

Papers are therefore invited on any of the topics suggested below – as well as on any related concerns that delegates may suggest themselves.

● Ecocritical practice in South(ern) Africa, past and future
● Southern/East/West/North African ecocriticism
● Southern African ecocriticism and the hegemony of the 'West'
● Southern African ecocriticism in South-South global perspective
● Ecocriticism and/in indigenous languages and philosophies
● Ecocriticism's interface with other disciplines (ecological sciences, geographies, philosophy, media studies, etc)
● Ecocriticism and Critical Animal Studies
● Ecocriticism and postcoloniality
● Ecocriticism and genre (fiction, travelogue, memoir, poetry etc)

Submit abstracts of 300 words max. to: Dan Wylie,
Dept of English, Rhodes University, Box 94, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa