"Affect, Action, and the Anthropocene" UIGEC

deadline for submissions: 
March 6, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
University of Idaho
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The University of Idaho invites the submission of abstracts (250-300 words) on the theme of “Affect, Action, and the Anthropocene” for the 9th annual UI Graduate English Conference, scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2020. 


This conference explores how English and other disciplines interpret, process, and incorporate proactive imagination in a world that is and will continue to be impacted by climate change. We encourage scholars to submit academic and/or creative work that broadly engages with the contemporary categorization of the “Anthropocene,” as well as with activism, the environment, and humanity’s effect on climate change. Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray of Humboldt State University will deliver a keynote address on “Affect, Action, and the Anthropocene.” 


While we broadly approach the Anthropocene as a term referring to a contemporary epoch riddled by anthropogenic climate change, we encourage any submissions that foreground climate, the environment, and the work graduate students do.  


Some questions pertaining to this years theme might include (but are not limited to): 

  • What kinds of emotions and affects are circulating throughout our current epoch relating to environmental issues? 

  • How might scholars situate their work outside of purely academic bounds to effectivley produce change? 

  • What are new forms of social and political actions forming in the Anthropocene? 

  • Should policy and action be geared towards larger entities and their environmental destruction rather than individuals? 

  • What artistic mediums present themselves as viable candidates for showcasing the large-scale environmental deterioration? 

  • Is there a benefit to more locally focused action and scholarship in the Anthropocene as compared to a more global perspective? 

  • How do we even define the Anthropocene?  

  • What might large-scale institutional change look like in the Antrhopocene (I.e.education & higher education, public education, NGOs, conferences, nation-states, movements, etc.) 

Please send submissions to consider by March 6th, 2020 by 11:59pm. 


The conference is scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2020, 8am to 5pm. Lunch will be provided.