Environmentangled: A Germanic Perspective on Ecological Coexistence

deadline for submissions: 
January 8, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
German Graduate Student Association (Ohio State University)
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CFP FINAL DEADLINE EXTENSION: January 8, 2019 – Environmentangled: A Germanic Perspective on Ecological Coexistence, Columbus (22.2.19-23.2.19)


Environmentangled: A Germanic Perspective on Ecological Coexistence

February 22nd – 23rd, 2019

11th Annual Germanic Graduate Student Association Conference at The Ohio State University

Keynote Address by Professor Caroline Schaumann (Emory University)

The proliferation of portmanteaus in the environmental humanities like Stacy Alaimo’s “transcorporeality,” Donna Haraway’s “sympoeisis,” and Karen Barad’s “agential realism” demonstrates cultural scholars’ desires to destroy the clean boundaries of past scholarship through their willingness to cross not only traditional disciplinary boundaries but also the boundaries of the isolated, individual, human subject. As scholars continue to think relationally about beings in the web of life, we propose taking a step back: what does this relational thinking do? And how does it complicate our thinking about human responsibility in the “Anthropocene,” a term that rests upon the delineation of the human, directly referencing human actions? How exactly is environment entangled with literature, linguistics, culture, film, and humans? What kinds of “kinships” or shared histories lie undiscovered and what precisely does it mean to ecologically coexist?

This conference will investigate such questions in the German-speaking world. We seek to determine how distinctly Germanic perspectives on environmental entanglements can be useful in understanding our ecological coexistence in a transnational or global context.

We welcome abstracts from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to: literature, philosophy, film, art, history, linguistics, pedagogy, anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, migration studies and environmental humanities. Potential topics include:

  • Climate change in literature
  • Cli-fi / Sci-fi analyses
  • Environment, literature, and natural sciences
  • Environmental ethics
  • Human / animal distinction and animal(ity) studies
  • Resilience and resistance
  • Anthropocene debates
  • Biodiversity / species extinction
  • Ecofeminism
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Cultural ecology
  • New materialisms / Material ecocriticism
  • Environment and migration
  • Humanism / posthumanism
  • Human responsibility
  • Human / Subject / Individual Identity
  • Studies of place / space
  • Postmodern literature and space construction
  • Nonhuman narration
  • Literature and politics
  • Dirt studies
  • Plant studies
  • Human / nonhuman agency

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words to Kassi Burnett (ggsa.osu@gmail.com) by Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.  Expected presentation length will be 15-20 minutes.

You can find more information about us and past conferences on our website: http://org.osu.edu/ggsa