Essay proposals are invited for a volume in the MLA Options for Teaching series entitled Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media, to be edited by Cajetan Iheka. In the past decade, critical readings of texts from formerly colonized societies have increasingly combined postcolonial and ecocritical perspectives. The rising interest in postcolonial ecocriticism is reflected in curricular offerings, which include entire courses or sections of courses devoted to novels, stories, plays, films, and other media focused on environmental issues in postcolonial settings. The proposed volume sets out to establish the scholarship on the teaching of postcolonial ecocriticism.
ecocriticism and environmental studies
Please consider submitting your paper to a panel entitled "Resisting Futurity: Eco-sexual Relations in Nineteenth-Century Literature" at the biennial Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) conference in summer of 2019 (June 26-30, UC Davis). The theme of this year's conference is "Paradise on Fire." Please see the full CFP below.
Format: Traditional Panel (4 Presenters)
CFP: From Monstrosities to Wonders: Ecohorror and Transcorporeality Roundtable
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment at the University of California, Davis June 26-30, 2019.
All proposals must be submitted via the conference website: https://asle.submittable.com/submit.
British nature writing can be understood as both a product of and a challenge to a western-style modernity that has created the conditions for its own unravelling. The tense that best captures these conditions is the future anterior. Scottish writer Kathleen Jamie, wandering through Bergen’s Natural History Museum, marvels at the ‘decaying bones of twenty-four cetacean skeletons crowded under the ceiling’. One whale skeleton alone, that of a gigantic blue, is ‘less an animal, more a narrative’. The different cetacean narratives add up to a devastating commentary to which even words such as ‘waste’ and ‘slaughter’ and ‘holocaust’ and ‘shame’ cannot do full justice.
Transcendentalism: Men and Women Conversing
In a collaborative call from the Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and Louisa May Alcott Societies, we invite proposals for papers to be presented at the next Thoreau Gathering in Concord, MA (July 11-14, 2019) on dialogues between men and women of the Transcendentalist movement. When Emerson looked back at Transcendentalism, in “Historic Notes of Life and Letters in New England,” he recalled men and women who read adventurously, became friends, formed a club for conversation, and launched a magazine. They were talkers as well as solitaries. Across the apparent divide of gender, what did they have to talk about?
This panel will take place at the “Paradise on Fire,” the 2019 ASLE Conference from June 25-30th in Davis, California
What do you see when you look at the moon?
Ancient Mayans saw a rabbit. Taoists saw a toad. Modern, western cultures saw a man’s face. Contemporary science sees clues to the origin of life on earth.
This proposed international seminar aims to respond to the current state of world affairs: notably, the inherent ontological vulnerability of life and the economic, socially-conditioned precariousness of individuals, societies and populations, which have been heightened since the 2008 financial crisis. Caused by an economic shift in the labour market and global neoliberal capitalism, precarity has been increasing due to world-wide inequality as “more extensive and less visible patterns of global dispossession” and “relatively unstable and dispersed conditions of deprivation and insecurity” gain ground (During 2015).
Pedagogy, Practice and Philosophy