Wild Things: Children’s Culture and Ecocriticism at Fifteen (Ecocriticism, Youth Literatures, and Childhood Studies Today)

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Clare Echterling and Andrea Casals
contact email: 

Roundtable at 2019 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, 26-30 June, in Davis, California

2019 marks fifteen years since the publication of Sidney I. Dobrin and Kenneth Kidd’s Wild Things: Children’s Culture and Ecocriticism (2004), the first and only edited collection on children’s literature, media, and ecocriticism. Today, it remains essential reading for anyone working at the intersections of environmental literary studies and the humanities, youth literature studies, and childhood studies. However, ecocriticism and the environmental humanities, children’s literature and childhood studies, and youth literature and media have all drastically changed since 2004. In honor of its quindecennial anniversary, we are assembling a roundtable to discuss what we can learn from the collection today as well as emerging and overlooked topics in ecocritical youth literature, media, and childhood studies. Our goal in part is to encourage more work on youth literatures and culture within ASLE. 

Ahead of the conference, co-chairs Andrea Casals and Clare Echterling will ask participants to revisit the essays in Wild Things and prepare a five- to eight-minute statement in response to the following questions: 

· What insights does Wild Things offer to ecocritics working in youth literature, media, and childhood studies today? 

· What topics or trends do you see emerging in the field today? 

· What topics are under-researched and overlooked? (In other words, where are the gaps in the research?) 

During the roundtable, Casals and Echterling will offer five to eight minutes of introductory remarks. Each participant will then speak for five to eight minutes, leaving about a half hour for discussion with the audience and panel participants. 

Please submit a 200- to 300-word proposal that explains your interest in and qualifications for this roundtable via the ASLE submission manager (URL below). If you would like to be considered for one of the conference’s open panels in the event we cannot include you on the roundtable, you may in addition submit a 300-word proposal for a traditional paper presentation as part of your uploaded file. 

Expressions of interest and questions may be sent to Andrea Casals and Clare Echterling at acasalsh@gmail.com and cechterling@ku.edu.  

Submit proposals here: https://asle.submittable.com/submit/126780/wild-things-childrens-culture...