Virtual Conference: Literature and the Anthropocene in EFL Education

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Malin Lidstrom Brock / Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

English as a foreign language (EFL) education provides valuable opportunities to introduce global and intercultural perspectives on the challenges of the Anthropocene. One way to engage EFL learners critically with the Anthropocene and make its complexity more accessible, immediate, and meaningful to them is through literary studies. Literature has the power to challenge established ideas, inspire change, and offer fresh perspectives on real-world problems associated with the Anthropocene.

We are seeking contributions that address questions such as how literature has represented the Anthropocene, and what themes, tropes and motifs are common across different genres and forms of literature. How has literature engaged with the scientific and political debates surrounding the Anthropocene, and how can this engagement be brought into EFL teaching? How have indigenous and postcolonial literatures engaged with the Anthropocene and what unique perspectives and insights do these literatures bring to the discourse? What are the ethical and political implications of using literatures in EFL teaching to address the Anthropocene? What is the role storytelling plays in addressing the challenges of the Anthropocene and how can EFL teachers use literary texts about the phenomenon to foster empathy, understanding and action among their learners in response to these challenges? In what ways can EFL teachers incorporate literary texts about the Anthropocene into their lesson plans and activities, and what pedagogical approaches are effective in doing so?

We welcome 250-300-word abstracts for 15-minute conference papers that explore the role literature has or can have in helping learners of EFL in primary, secondary, and tertiary education, including pre-service teacher education, to identify respond to, challenge, or otherwise critically engage with the Anthropocene. Please send a 250-word abstract of your proposed paper with a brief, 50-word, biography to by 31 August, 2023. Post-conference plans are to publish a selection of the papers either as a collection of essays or as a special issue in a scholarly journal.

Topics can include but are not limited to the following:

  • climate change
  • eco-feminism
  • ecological anxiety
  • ecological disaster(s), real or imagined
  • environmental ethics
  • environmental justice and activism
  • historical perspectives
  • human-animal relationships
  • human displacement and migration
  • imaginary futures, dystopian or utopian perspectives on the future
  • imaginary or real technological challenges
  • indigenous perspectives
  • intersections of gender, class and ethnicity/race and the Anthropocene
  • literary forms and genres
  • non-human perspectives
  • postcolonial or decolonial perspectives
  • post-, transhumanism
  • representations of natural spaces and landscapes
  • rewilding
  • sustainable literary pedagogies
  • urbanization

Paper presentations can introduce research ideas as well as present ongoing or completed research and should be given in English. For more information, please see: