This ASLE + AESS 2023 CONFERENCE PANEL highlights the role of Asian animist traditions and spiritual practices in the counter-worlding of the Anthropocene. Taking contemporary visual and performing arts as a vantage point of observation, it explores what common grounds are being formed among today’s arts, community resilience, environmental stewardship, and ontological inquiries when artists work with local communities in practicing and politicizing ritual dancing, chanting, rhyming, object-making, trance, healing, and worshiping, among other spiritual traditions.
Call For Papers
Gaia’s Progenies: Ecocritical Engagement in Select Indian Children’s Fiction
The E. E. Cummings Society and the Society’s journal, Spring, invite abstracts for 20-minute papers for the 50th annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 23-25, 2023, at the University of Louisville (http://www.thelouisvilleconference.com).
Volume 6 Issue 1 Fall 2022
Language, Literature, and Interdisciplinary Studies (LLIDS), an open-access peer-reviewed academic e-journal, invites original and unpublished research papers and book reviews from various interrelated disciplines including, but not limited to, literature, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, sociology, law, ecology, environmental science, and economics.
International Thomas Merton Society
College English Association
52nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE
San Antonio, TX - Sheraton Gunter Hotel
March 30-April 1, 2023
Call for Papers
Call for Abstracts for Issue 15 (Autumn 2023)
The present is great with the future.
—Gottfried Leibniz, 1703
In times when the present seems to be facing an imminent – and immanent – crisis, we want to take a step forward and investigate how various concepts and imaginaries of the future can be made fruitful for the present. The 15th issue of On_Culture seeks to explore forms of present futures – futures that manifest in the present and a/effect it – to provide new approaches and critical perspectives to thinking about the future in the study of culture.
This is a call for papers for the ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment) Panel at the American Literature Association Conference: May 25-28, 2023, The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA (in person).
Papers on any of the following topics in any period of American literature (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction) are especially welcome:
Literature of/and “accidental” farming
Literature of/and urban agriculture or community supported agriculture
Agriculture and the wild
Literature of/and food (in)security or deserts
Lineages of literary farming
Call for Papers
JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARTS
ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY
(VOL. 15, 2022-2023)
“New Trends in Global South Humanities”
This panel focuses on the political, cultural, and societal narratives of outer space. We suggest that the narratives and discourses that surround space exploration, threats from space, or even future colonization of space can provide insights into the logics and counter-logics of resilience as they inform how we ought to and who ought to live with environmental destruction, information capitalism, neoliberalism, and the remaining infrastructures of colonialism.
Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes offers a forum for these questions and critical approaches surrounding the culture of disasters, catastrophes, accidents, and apocalypses in global art, literature, media, film, and popular culture. Disasters, Apocalypses, and Catastrophes will address broader disciplinary topics and innovative intersections of humanities, musicology, social science, literature, film, visual art, psychology, game studies, material culture, media studies, ecology, and information technology.
Call for Papers for Roundtable Proposals
Sponsored by the Oecologies Research Group
International Medieval Congress (IMC 2023), 03-06 July 2023
University of Leeds
Please consider submitting an abstract for the NeMLA session "Modern and Current Environmental Crises in Italy" (54th Annual NeMLA Convention March 23-26, 2023 in Niagara Falls, NY). The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2022. You can submit an abstract for this session here:https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/19857 Session Abstract: Now more than ever it is important to interrogate the impact and discourses of the modern and contemporary environmental crises afflicting the world. This panel takes an interdisciplinary approach in order to explore the meaning of such key terms as “environment,” “ecology,” “nature” within the Italian context.
In the current moment, there is no paucity of catastrophe writing. From apocalyptic speculative fiction, cli-fi, and other textual forms of disaster writing, catastrophe is too often conceived of as environmental events or disasters that already have occurred (tsunami; forest fires; hurricanes and floods) or will reliably occur in the future. Part of the problem with this textualization is that catastrophe often is seen as an event rather than a process. More pointedly, our critical attention has been (understandably) trained on the effects and harms of climate change rather than on capitalism’s disastrous drive for surplus extraction that renders life unlivable for millions in the here and now.
Please consider submitting an abstract for the following panel at the 2023 Northeast Modern Language Association Conference to be held on March 23-26, 2023 at Niagara Falls, NY.
Submit abstracts at the NeMLA portal:
In the documentary This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein describes the limits of depicting climate change as the inevitable result of human nature driven by greed and competition. As Klein argues, this story of climate change diminishes social agency, promotes powerlessness, and displaces solutions beyond the repetition of the status quo. Several years later, capitalist realism and apocalypse remain primary modes through which climate futures are envisioned in news media, film, television, and literature.
CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS - CHAPTER SUBMISSION COMPLETED
Please find call for chapters for our forthcoming book: ECO-CONCEPTS: Critical Reflections in Emerging Ecocritical Theory and Ecological Thought to be published by Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield) in 2023.
Panel Title: Petrarchan Landscapes: Exemplarity, Intertextuality, and the Natural World
Contact: Alani Hicks-Bartlett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal Sponsoring Organization: Italians and Italianists at Kalamazoo
32nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf
June 8 – 11, 2023
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL, USA
Ecology (noun): ecol·o·gy | \ i-ˈkä-lə-jēn.
1a: The branch of biology that deals with the relationships between living organisms and their environment. Also: the relationships themselves, esp. those of a specified organism.
1c: In extended use: the interrelationship between any system and its environment; the product of this.
– Oxford English Dictionary, “ecology n.”
Call for papers
Special Issue: Trajectories of Precarity and Resilience in South Asia
Postcolonial ecocriticism or environmental theory has been a flourishing field of inquiry over the past two decades. Literary critics have been using this theory to examine the complex relationship between literature, culture, and the environment in diverse global Anglophone or postcolonial novels. With the intensification of globalization in the 1990s, there has been an explosion of local environmental movements in the global south protesting neoliberal capitalist agendas, despite their respective governments’ promises of development, modernity, and progress in order to “catch up” with the West. These local struggles have arisen out of specific socio-historical circumstances and differ vastly from each other.
If A Lion Could Talk…: Knowing Animals, Knowing Ourselves
The 16th annual Brandeis Graduate Student Conference—“If A Lion Could Talk…: Knowing Animals, Knowing Ourselves”—will be held March 31, 2023.
Critical Misanthropy Conference
25th, 26th, and 27th January 2023
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organisers: Eva Meijer and Emelia Quinn
The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) are excited to announce that they will hold their next conference jointly in Portland, Oregon on July 9-12, 2023 at the Oregon Convention Center. The theme of the conference will be “Reclaiming the Commons.” This event will offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, networking and professional development with a variety of sessions sponsored by both organizations. Call for proposals from ASLE is below, and will be issued soon from AESS, and registration will open in early 2023. Details can be found on the respective websites:
Panel Session, NeMLA’s 54th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls, March 23-26
State and national parks alike often function with the purpose of stewardship over the environment and historical spaces across the country, but their design often may provide instruction on how to read the space. Though the National Park Services states that their conservation of these spaces leaves natural resources “unimpaired,” parks are places which are highly mediated in service of their use to visitors in those spaces; likewise, parks are subject to rhetorics of space and their construction may contain explicit or implicit messaging about how people are supposed to engage with the world around them.
CFP – ALA Fall 2022 Symposium – Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society – Deadline: 9.1.2022American Literature Association – Fall 2022 Symposium“The Historical Imagination in American Literature”
October 27-29, 2022
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, NM
CFP: Designing, Teaching, Leading, & Theorizing Out-of-the-Box Student Travel (Domestic or Int’l; Edited Collection)
We seek essays of 3,000-5,000 words for an edited collection that explores unique and out-of-the-box faculty-led student travel, whether abroad or domestically. This book intends to argue for unique and innovative forms of undergraduate student travel, travel that eschews the sadly ubiquitous pre-packaged and overpriced program. We anticipate having three major sections: articles exploring the a) theory, b) implementation, and c) teaching (both in and outside the classroom, depending) of such journeys.
COVID showed us what we already knew, how fragile global capitalist societies are and how unresilient they become when the structures get shocked. Some of those structures deserve to be destroyed (authoritarianism, nationalism, racism, colonialism, labor exploitation, e.g.); others need to be shored up or replaced with even better institutions and practices (healthcare, the planetary ecosystem, wealth equity, social justice, e.g.). When these fragile structures fail, their failures disproportionately affect those least able to bear the harm. And, around the world, the harmful effects of exploitative structures are repeatedly discriminatorily directed.
‘Toxic’! Toxicity In-Between the Humanities and Natural Sciences // 18 Nov. 2022 (09.00-17.00 CET)
Toxicity and intoxication surround us: If anything, the resurgence of the terms in the late 2010s reminds us of this statement’s basic truth. Toxic masculinity, for example, has become a rallying cry against problematic gender norms, while Britney Spears’ 2003 mega-hit ‘Toxic’ has become a queer anthem conjuring the ‘poison paradise’. The future of our planet is decided at the dead banks of toxic rivers, with people living on toxic soil and drowning in an increasing mass of toxic waste. In the Western world, lifestyle-gurus promise ‘mental detox’ while an opioid crisis ravages the United States.
Thinking With a River: Housatonic Valley History and Culture
Edited by Sheila Liming and Jacob A.C. Remes
Abstracts due February 1, 2023