Reading the Books of Nature (12/1/14;2/13/15)
Authors and artists, from Galileo to Rousseau, Woolfe to Kingsolver, Attenborough to Cousteau, have been exploring how to read or record nature for thousands of years. We seek papers that continue this quest in the context of any genre, time period, or discipline within the humanities.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• A particular character's or author's way or reading or misreading nature, speaking to or speaking against nature.
• Representations of nature as pitifully silenced victim, ominously silent threat, or speaking agent.
• Linking or de-linking nature with books, reading, or writing.
• The 'book of nature' as a parallel to, or competitor with, sacred texts.
• Comparing representations of nature in written vs. visual media.
• Reading nature in the age of technology.
• Definitions of humanity as in nature, of nature, above nature; post-humanism and the humanities.
Deadline for 250 word abstracts: December 1, 2014
Submit abstracts through the Natures conference website. Goggle "Natures 2015" to find the website.
Deadline to register for the conference: January 16, 2015
Conference convenes on February 13, 2015 on the campus of La Sierra University (Riverside, CA USA).