ASLE Panel at MMLA 11/10-11/13 (due 4/5/16)

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Midwest MLA / Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
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This year's Midwest Modern Language Association Convention will be held in St. Louis, MO November 10th-13th. Please see the conference website for details: http://www.luc.edu/mmla/convention/.

Ecocriticism has long been concerned with borders and boundaries. Beyond the nature/culture divide compassed by early ecocriticism and ecofeminism, the field has evolved in recent decades to explore ecological boundaries of all scales—everything from ecotones to planetary limits—as well as a host of other conceptual boundaries and borders. Within environmental justice ecocriticism, for example, efforts to collapse the pernicious urban/rural divide dovetail with efforts to expand the green canon beyond its traditional boundaries. National and governmental borders are of special concern to postcolonial ecocritics; once organized primarily around national boundaries, today's ecocriticism is increasingly transcultural, comparative, and cosmopolitan. Meanwhile, queer green studies, animal studies, vital materialism, and other approaches have put "borders" at the center of current ecocriticism. Despite the ever-increasing diversity of ecocritical approaches, borders are a concern unifying just about every strand of the field.

In response to the MMLA conference theme, "Border States," this panel seeks papers that explore "borders" within the realm of ecocriticism, broadly construed. Papers focused on all periods and genres are welcome, as are papers on pedagogy and/or activism. Creative pieces will also be considered. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract including paper title to Dr. Lisa Ottum at ottuml@xavier.edu by April 5th. Queries welcome.