Multispecies Entanglements Special Session at PAMLA 2022

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)

ABSTRACT: This session offers a panel on the study of multispecies entanglements—the adaptive, relational co-becoming between people and the other-than-human world that is increasingly urgent given the climate crisis. This session welcomes works on traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), environmental humanities, animal studies, magical realism, Indigenous wonderworks, collaborative works, and creative projects on the entanglement between humans and the other-than-human.


DESCRIPTION: "Multispecies Entanglements" speak to the interrelation between humans and the other-than-human. This co-evolutionary relationship is manifest in all of our interactions—not just in rural areas, but in urban areas, as well. Anywhere on the planet is ripe for the consideration of multispecies entanglements, and these relationships are paramount to understanding our current climate crisis. This year’s theme, “Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian,” asks us, in part, to examine such entanglements. Eco-social relationships are illustrated in the commonplace and the imaginative, in the “mundane” and in the phantasmagorical, and every aspect of this tremendous scale is important to contextualizing not only our proximal relationships with the other-than-human, but also our influence on the landscape. Making kin, inhabiting ethically, and co-becoming all indicate that we share this world with more than just other humans.

This panel seeks works on multispecies entanglements in literature, film, visual art, music, and any and all platforms where such an exploration might manifest. We welcome discussions on environmental justice, the Anthropocene, traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), magical realism, Indigenous wonderworks, science, urban planning, environmental policy, climate change, or any discussion or mingling of topics that concern the co-becoming of human and the other-than-human. Addressing man-made climate change and the relationship between people and planet is an urgent matter. Multispecies entanglements can shed light on the good, the bad, and the complicated as it concerns the current ecological crisis—it highlights both the “fantastic and the quotidian” and offers a sense of urgency in altering our ways for a bright future.