Call for Papers: (Re)Imagining the Insect: Natures & Cultures of Invertebrates, 1700-1900. [Deadline: 19th December 2014]

full name / name of organization: 
Emilie Taylor-Brown (University of Warwick) & Elisabeth Wallmann (University of Warwick)

The organisers invite abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers on the subject of invertebrates in the 18th and 19th centuries for a one day interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Warwick on 7th March 2015. We welcome papers discussing their literary, linguistic, scientific, visual, pedagogical or historical significance. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

- Invertebrates in literatures (insects as metaphors; as teaching tools)

- Insect 'economy' / insects and economy (e.g. in advertising)

- Natural History (taxonomic problems, collecting/collections, microscopy)

- Origins and spontaneous generation

- Disease (vectorism, book-worms, tooth-worms, death, medicine)

- Alternative foodsources, sustainability and eco-criticism

- Flea circuses, insects and performance

- Insect spaces (Uexkuell's concept of Umwelt)

- The social lives of insects

- Insects as political criticisms

Abstracts, along with a short biography should be sent to insectconference2015@gmail.com by 19th December 2014. More information and the full cfp can be found at: http://reimaginingtheinsect.wordpress.com