International Webinar On “Imagining Catastrophe: Literary and Cultural Representations of Environmental Disaster” on 22, 23 & 24 October 2021

deadline for submissions: 
October 19, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Organized by the Department of English, & IQAC, Seva Bharati Mahavidyalaya, Kapgari, Jhargram, West Bengal, India
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                                                                                      Call for Paper

The global outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has once again foregrounded the issue of ‘ecocatastrophe’, as several recent scientific studies suggest the interconnectedness between the frequent occurrences of epidemics and pandemics and the environmental crisis and disaster. Although environmental disasters are natural phenomena, those which now occur in the Anthropocene era are basically anthropogenic, and more frequent, and more violent. Disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts, earthquakes, dust storms, thunderstorms, heat waves, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, storms, wildfires, and other forms of environmental disasters are now more frequent than ever before. Disasters, as we know, are not always catastrophic in nature; they may be slow and incremental. Whether natural or human-induced, disasters disturb the social-ecological system, aggravate the social, economic, political conditions, and involve the issues of justice, human rights, and equality. Moreover, disasters are always disproportionately experienced by the people of the different parts of the world because of diverse and complex social, economic, cultural, and geopolitical factors.

Fictional representations of catastrophe, particularly environmental catastrophe, are powerful modes of representation and are very effective methods to encounter the environmental crisis. Environmental narratives are therefore people’s response to the crisis. In the “Foreword” to Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (Routledge 2015), Dipesh Chakrabarty pertinently argues: “… an essential ingredient of the process by which humans make sense of crises in public life—or feel inspired to work towards solutions—is stories: narratives we tell ourselves in order to find our bearings in a new situation…. Our success in developing a globally concerted response to the climate crisis, for instance, will depend on the degree to which we can tell stories that we can all agree on” (xii-xiv). Narratives‒literary, visual, and cinematic‒thus serve an important function to make people aware of the looming dangers of climate change and environmental degradation.

Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (2008) by Ursula K. Heise; The Disposition of Nature: Environmental Crisis and World Literature (2019) by Jennifer Wenzel; The Environmental Imagination (1995) by Lawrence Buell; and Natural Space In Literature Imagination and Environment in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Fiction and Poetry (1982) by Tom Henighan are some of the major works in this field. Literary and filmic representations of environmental catastrophes—from Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide (2004) to the American movie The Day after Tomorrow (2004)—invariably suggest that ‘environmental imagination’ has a crucial role in countering the environmental crisis and disaster. The proposed International Webinar on “Imagining Catastrophe: Literary and Cultural Representations of Environmental Disaster” aims at exploring the diverse aspects of literary and cultural representations of the environmental disaster. We invite articles that might touch upon, but are not limited to, the following areas -

 

Subthemes:

 

  • Environmental Crisis and Literary Imagination.
  • Disaster: Filmic and Documentary Representations.
  • Ecoprecarity.
  • Disaster Narrative.
  • The Metaphor of Hope in Disaster Narratives.
  • Eco-Disaster, Eco-Anxiety, and Trauma.
  • Disaster, Disease, and Disorder.
  • Ecoapocalypse.
  • Disaster, Dystopia, and Apocalypse.
  • Eco-Thriller/Eco-Horror.
  • Anthropocene.
  • Psychology of Disaster Preparedness.
  • Anthropogenic Disaster and Natural disaster in Literature.
  • Postcolonial Disaster Studies.
  • Disaster Vulnerability and Resilience.

 

Submission Guidelines:

Articles with abstracts (not more than 300 words with 4-5 keywords) are invited from academicians and research scholars.

  • The manuscript should be as per MLA 8th Edition. The contributors are advised to send a short bio-note (150-200 words) along with the abstract.
  • Manuscripts should be typed in British English using MS Word format with paper size: A4; Font type & font size: Times New Roman, 12; Spacing: 1.5; Margin:  1 inch on all four sides.
  • The title of the paper should be in capital letters, bold, font-size: 14, and centered at the top of the first page. The author (s) and affiliations (s) should be centered, bold, font-size: 12 and single-spaced, beginning from the second line below the title.

 

Send your Article/Abstract to: conference.ecodisaster@gmail.com

Deadline for Submission: 15th October 2021

Communication of Acceptance: 18th October 2021

 

EMINENT RESOURCE PERSONS:

1. PROF. SCOTT SLOVIC

University Distinguished Professor of Environmental Humanities,

University of Idaho, USA

2. PROF. SWARNALATHA RANGARAJAN

Professor

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

IIT Madras

Chennai, India 600 036

3. PROF. PRAMOD K. NAYAR

Professor

 Department of English

University of Hyderabad

Hyderabad Central University Rd,

CUC, Gachibowli, Telangana 500046

4. PROF. JOYJIT GHOSH

Professor

Department of English

Vidyasagar University

Midnapore, Paschim Medinipore

West Bengal, India