Ecology of Disaster (ACLA 2018)

deadline for submissions: 
September 20, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Isabel Sobral Campos
contact email: 

This is a CFP for presentations for the 2018 American Comparative Literature Association in Los Angeles, March 29 - April 1.

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Extreme weather. Defaunation and the sixth mass extinction. The great Pacific garbage patch. Desertification. Coral bleaching. Catastrophic climate change.

We invite scholars across disciplines to consider how ecological disaster shapes and reshapes our social, aesthetic, and political categories. Ecological disaster is at once paralyzing and catalytic, the source of great suffering but also a potential trigger for creative social praxis. It unsettles human expectations of control and overturns the traditional distinction between nature and culture as we find ourselves, one species among others, facing a shared fate.

How do we conceptualize ecological disaster? What does it mean to live in an epoch of ecological disaster? How is ecological disaster represented in the popular discourse? How is ecological disaster a product or perhaps a symptom of economic disaster? How does it interact with structural inequality? With race, class, and gender? How does it transcend the species divide? How do different media translate and transform the prospect of ecological disaster? How does it influence temporal and spatial categories, cultural forms, and perhaps even new forms of politics?

Please submit abstracts directly through the ACLA website (limited to 1500 characters):


Isabel Sobral Campos,

Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton,