CFP: NeMLA (ASLE Session): Energy, Byproducts, and Space in Literature and Other Arts (deadline 9/30/17; conference 4/12-4/15/18)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Jill Gatlin / Northeast Modern Language Association
contact email: 

CFP: NeMLA (ASLE Session): Energy, Byproducts, and Space in Literature and Other Arts (deadline 9/30/17; conference 4/12-4/15/18)

 

49th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

April 12-15, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA

 

Energy, Byproducts, and Space in Literature and Other Arts (ASLE Session)

Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

 

In an 1868 Atlantic Monthly essay, James Parton declared Pittsburgh, with its clouds of coal smoke, “a spectacle as striking as Niagara . . . hell with the lid taken off.” Though Pittsburgh’s air is now clearer, the city still generates 60% of its energy from coal. Meanwhile, in April 2017, Britain—where many cities were notorious for smog from the 1830s to the 1950s—reported its first day of energy production without coal burning, and leaders in China outlined stronger regulations on coal emissions to address toxic smog.

Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), this interdisciplinary seminar will explore how literature and other arts depict visible and invisible energy systems and their byproducts (toxic pollutants, CO2, environmental impacts of renewable energies), with particular attention to how they shape spaces and perceptions of place. The seminar invites work engaged with theories of space, place, pollution, climate, energy, economic reproduction, new materialism, and social justice in relation to thematic, generic, formal, aesthetic, affective, and material elements of literary and artistic representation.

Participants might address questions including: What kinds of spectacles—celebrated or condemned—do energy systems create, and how do they affect movement through space or senses of place? How do invisible energy networks and outputs do the same? How do energy systems and byproducts institute and enforce spaces of environmental injustice, locally and globally? How are energy systems and byproducts understood and negotiated vis-à-vis borders or their dissolution? How do the consequences of energy production intersect with acts of appropriation and occupation? How have different populations been defined in relation to energy production or their exposure to its consequences? NeMLA’s 2018 Pittsburgh setting and theme of “Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds” open many avenues for exploring these ideas. 

Format: seminar with pre-circulated papers, short presentations, and discussion (5-10 participants) or traditional panel (3-4 participants).

Please submit 300-500 word abstracts on the NeMLA website by 9/30/17:

https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16848

Contact Jill Gatlin (jill.gatlin at necmusic.edu) with any questions.