"Environmental Activism in the Literature Classroom," SAMLA 2014, "Sustainability and the Humanities" Atlanta, GA, Nov 7-9, 2014

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Dr. George Hovis, SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association)
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Proposals are welcome on the various issues related to inclusion of environmental activist texts in the literature classroom. Papers might include—but need not limit themselves to—discussions of the challenges of facilitating technical literacy for the reading of scientific texts; questions of genre and of what constitutes "literature"; ways that eco-critical approaches to non-activist texts might dovetail with environmental activism; student political writing for "real" audiences (including elected officials); literature and direct action campaigns; approaches to a body of texts devoted to a specific area of environmental activism (such as global warming or the proliferation of hydrofracking). By May 31, 2014, please submit a 300-word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to George Hovis, State University of New York, Oneonta, at george.hovis@oneonta.edu.