deadline for submissions: 
March 25, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Department of Humanistic Studies, University of Ferrara

The discourse of the environment permeates attitudes towards the present, representations of the past and perceptions of the future.

How do languages, literatures and other modes of meaning-making promote ecocritical frameworks that interrogateWestern and Eastern anthropocentric assumptions, biases and expectations?

How do the environmental humanities test new hermeneutic tools to assess the interdependence between natural and anthropic ecosystems? 

Our focus is onnew narratives of fragile and resilient environments; the im/material wellbeing of the organisms that live in them; the interconnections between diverse forms of life.


Topics and areas of research include:

Climate change fiction

Climate change and visual culture


Ecology and the theatre

Ecology and performativity

Ecosomatic approaches

The formation of ecological identity

Opinion formation on environmental issues

Public awareness and social media

The sustainability of heritage


We encourage contributions by scholars of Ecocriticism, Ecolinguistics, Ecofeminism, Green Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Semiotics, Translation Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics, Heritage Studies, Ecotourism. 


Please send a 300-word abstract and a 100-word bio-note by the 13thof March 2020 to:

Acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to authors by the 25thof March 2020.


Scientific Committee

Paola Spinozzi

Eleonora Federici

Richard Chapman

Vanessa Leonardi


The Workshop will be hosted by the Department of Humanistic Studies, University of Ferrara, in collaboration with the innovative PhD Programme in Environmental Sustainability and Wellbeing