ASLE Panel at Midwest MLA 2018

deadline for submissions: 
April 6, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment / Midwest MLA
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Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Panel at Midwest MLA 2018

This year’s Midwest Modern Language Association Convention will be held in Kansas City, MO November 15th-18th.  Please see the conference website for details:

In response to the MMLA conference theme “Consuming Cultures,” this panel seeks papers that engage the Anthropocene, a concept that radically challenges the very notion of a human culture that exists separately from nonhuman nature.  Of particular interest are papers that explore how the Anthropocene intersects with literary studies: what does it mean to consume literary culture—to read, to write criticism, to teach—in the Anthropocene?

In a recent essay collection titled Anthropocene Reading, editors Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor argue that the Anthropocene “provides an opportunity for literary studies to test and transform its methods by examining how the symbolic domain might, or might not, index a historicity that exceeds the human social relation and encompasses planetary flows of energy and matter” (5).  Following this observation, papers for the ALSE panel at MMLA might engage with matters of methodology, or might read particular text/s or archives.  Also welcome are papers that invoke alternatives to the Anthropocene, such as the “Capitalocene” proposed by Jason W. Moore or Donna Haraway’s “Chthulucene.”

Proposals focused on any area of literature are welcome, as are proposals on activism and/or pedagogy.  Please submit a 250-300 word abstract including paper title and a brief bio statement to Dr. Lisa Ottum at by April 6th.  Queries welcome.