(Abstract due September 30th 2013) Postcolonialism and Eco-Criticism (NeMLA Apr. 2014)

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This panel seeks to examine the multiple aspects that link Postcolonial Studies with environmental concerns. The basic purpose is to investigate how larger environmental trends like climate change, the thawing cryosphere, toxic drift, deforestation, the radioactive aftermath of wars have informed the discourses of Postcolonial studies and how such factors have influenced the understanding of issues of identity, ethnicity, gender, politics and history. This past year, the first two anthologies to bring postcolonial and environmental studies into the conversation have appeared: Elizabeth DeLoughrey and George B. Handley's Postcolonial Ecologies and Alex Hunt and Bonnie Roos' Postcolonial Green. Upamanya Pablo's superb study of Indian fiction, Postcolonial Environment: Nature, Culture and the Contemporary Indian Novel in English, also appeared in 2010. These works have been not only been foundational in uncovering new ways of thinking about Postcolonial Studies, but they have also shown how the meanings of concepts like 'violence' and 'hegemony' within larger discourses of social sciences get significantly altered when seen in the light of environmental and eco-critical concerns.

This panel addresses the relationships between nature, environment and postcoloniality and invites submissions that examine these contexts in the light of humanities and social sciences. The subtopics of this panel are, but are not limited to:

Ecocriticism (U K. Heise, R Nixon, A Roy);

Global and Nativist Studies;

Subaltern studies;

Genocide studies;


Nature and Cognition;

Gender Studies;

Latin American Studies;

South Asia Studies.

Please send 300 - 500 hundred word abstracts and brief biographical statements to Arnab Roy (arnab.roy@uconn.edu) and

Carlos Gardeaz√°bal (carlos.gardeazabal_bravo@uconn.edu)

Deadline: September 30, 2013

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