The environment is still being shaped by anthropocentric acts, facing continuous destruction, and reverberating catastrophic effects on numerous species, including humans both as individuals and as communities. This panel wants to contribute to the ongoing debate about the necessity to improve the human relationship with the environment, with nature, and the need for a significant, long overdue change of the current course of action. The ongoing unscrupulous devastation can lead to extreme outcomes such as extinction, announcing the termination of numerous representations of life in various forms. Yet, a strong resistance to this threat can be encountered in various contexts and is defined in disparate ways through diversified means of communication.
Animals in the American Popular Imagination | virtual conference, September 13-16
We are opening a call for Zoom support, welcoming PhD/MA students to work with us as general support during the conference. We will issue a certificate for it. Support should be connected during the conference to help if any tech issue happens, possibly take care of sharing panels on Twitter depending on the distribution of tasks among support team.
If you are interested, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org attaching a document (docx / doc) with your name, affiliation, email, and ca. 200 words long bio.
Special Issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL): Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek at 50
Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2023
Full name / name of organization: Texas Studies in Literature and Language
Prospective publication: September, 2024
Contact email: TSLL@austin.utexas.edu
Special Issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language: Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek at 50
Community Metaphors in India
Special Issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL): Kazuo Ishiguro
Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2022
Full name / name of organization: Texas Studies in Literature and Language
Prospective publication: September 2023
Contact email: TSLL@austin.utexas.edu
TSLL Website: https://utpress.utexas.edu/journals/texas-studies-in-literature-and-lang...
Etymologically, the term “resilience”--from the Latin re- and salire, “to leap in return”--refers to the capability of a thing, in response to some stimulus, to return to its original form or state. The term connotes a dual activity, simultaneously an undoing and a rebuilding. But in Indigenous contexts, under the realities of settler-colonialism, the aspiration to “return to original form” is a fraught enterprise, as it inevitably encounters the romanticized conceptual dichotomies of traditional / modern, sedentary / nomadic, cultural / political, and historical / mythical.
Streaming a movie. Waiting in line for gas. Drinking a tall glass of water. These are day-to-day experiences that rely on forms of energy and natural resource extraction that are often hidden in plain view, entangled with dynamics of colonialism, transnational flows, digital assemblages, stock markets and neoliberalism. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly made these entanglements more felt. As such, we are tasked with unraveling these complex embodied and sensorial daily experiences of energy and extraction.
Cinema’s Natures: Comparative Approaches to Ecocinema
Film scholars are today well aware of cinema’s multiple connections to the so-called “natural” world. From the very beginning, the medium’s technical affordances allowed it to draw attention to the hitherto unseen aspects of our environments, showing us in close-up and time lapse the minutiae of animal and plant life – what Siegfried Kracauer famously called the “reality of another dimension” (1997). More fundamentally, cinema’s longstanding dependence on a congeries of natural resources – silver, petroleum, gelatine – and the effects on screen of its inescapable “hydrocarbon imagination” (Bozak 2011), situate it both with and against the world it depicts.
This session explores cultural intersections between the theory of the literature and the topics pertaining to the visuality through iconographic figurations, reflecting creative resilience and bio-sustainability in modern times. Proposals are sought that consider ecocritically the convergences of literary representations and figurative arts in a comparative diachronic light, or those with a particular focus on envisionment of contemporary aspects and the nowadays context.
Call for Contributions
Edited collection: Shelter in Text
This session is open to all papers that explore some aspect of Young Adult literature and/or culture. The panel is particularly interested in papers attuned to some facet of the conference theme, " Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian.” How does space impact YA literature and/or culture? How is the Anthropocene represented in YA fantasy? Further, presentations that examine diverse voices in literature and media are encouraged. This panel welcomes submissions about young adult literature, film, television, etc. Feel free to submit an abstract pertaining to the conference theme or otherwise.
We invite you to submit your manuscript to Transcultural Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences (TJHSS): Volume (3), Issue (4), October 2022. The Journal is an open access published by Badr University in Cairo, BUC and indexed in EKB and in MLA and obtained the highest score (7 out of 7) in the recent evaluation of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities. The journal publishes written manuscripts in various languages: English, Italian, German, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic.
In a rapid changing world that we live nowadays, interdisciplinary studies are at crossroads between tradition and innovation.Scholarly activities are at the intersection of computing or digital technologies and the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Studies on common practices of research and analysis in the discipline is now questioned in terms of the over whelming spread of technology.
Fungi occupy a liminal position as neither animal nor vegetal but are intimately connected to both biologically: as Eugenia Bone notes, paying attention to the fungal teaches us that “everything that lives is plural.” Fungal lives are multiple and collective, and what Anna Tsing calls the “unruly edges” of fungal individuality betrays the fact that they are “always too many.” This bifurcated perspective modeled by fungal relational entanglements suggests “unsettling and symbiotic relationships” where an objectified environment subsumed by a masterful Anthropos is abandoned for the sake of intra-active becomings (as Karen Barad suggests).
An Anthology of Southeast Asian Eco-Writing
Call for Submissions
Editors Rina Garcia Chua, Esther Vincent Xueming, and Ann Ang are currently accepting submissions for an anthology of diverse eco-writing from Southeast Asian writers that explore interrelationships with geographies and spaces in the region.
Deadline for submission is November 30, 2022.
Thinking the Global South: Method, Theory, Strategy
15 October 2022
Keynote Speaker: Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, the
Pennsylvania State University and co-director of the digital platform Global South Studies.
If the term ‘Global South’, as Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra has observed, ‘serves as a placeholder or temporary
designation for something that it announces but does not properly describe’, its attention to the ‘global’ offers
us a ‘name for the desire to think expansively and therefore comparatively beyond established national,
Latin American frontiers have been approached from multiple perspectives but the canonical all-encompassing studies, Hennessy’s The Frontier in Latin American History and David Weber’s and Jane Rausch’s edited collection on the same topic, were published decades ago. They could and should be reviewed in light of new developments, both in academia and in the real world (or say politics, culture and the economy). This collective effort will offer a fresh take on Latin American frontiers, understood mainly but not only historically and in the sense of undetermined borderlands, be it between nation-states or within the political boundaries of a single nation-state.
Call for Contributions for a Special Section: Ecofeminism
Arcadiana welcomes the submission of short contributions in the field of Ecofeminism.
The Lyric Now: A one-day conference
Hosted by the Department of English, Creative Writing, and Film – The University of Adelaide (Australia)
& The J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice
14 October 2022
Featuring: Hoa Nguyen, prize-winning author of A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure and Co-Chair, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts MFA Program, Bard College
New Directions in Brut Studies
“From ‘Them’ to Now: Changing Metaphors of the Monstrous Insect”
Session Organized by Eddie Guimont, Bristol Community College
Co-Sponsored by the Monsters & the Monstrous Area and the Animals and Culture Special Topic of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
2022 Annual Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
Virtual Event to be held Thursday, 20 October, to Saturday, 22 October 2022
Proposals are due 15 August 2022
CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS
Global Atomic Horror: Fears of Nuclear Power in Gothic Literature, Film and Media
We invite chapter proposals for an edited volume of critical essays on horrific and Gothic representations of nuclear power. Proposals are welcome from both new and established scholars. Interest in the volume has been expressed by Palgrave Macmillan for their Gothic book series. Edited by Professor Laura Hubner (University of Winchester) and Dr Abigail Whittall (University for the Creative Arts).
CALL FOR PAPERS ***DEADLINE EXTENSION*** JULY 29, 2022***
In his 2017 inauguration speech, Donald Trump painted a picture of “American carnage” sweeping the nation. Echoing the rhetoric used throughout his campaign, he described his vision of the present state of America in apocalyptic terms: from “rusted out factories, scattered like tombstones across the landscape” to “the crime, and the gangs, and the drugs that have stolen too many lives.” For Trump and his supporters, this apocalypse was the America he was inheriting—yet for many other Americans, such tropes were instead used to characterize the nation that Trump led from 2017 to 2021. Accordingly, in his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden evoked similar language when he framed the presidential election as a “battle for the soul of this nation.”
This session examines the relationship between religion and American literature. It welcomes papers that explore the intersectionality between religion, politics, and literature. How can literary texts help us understand the discourses of the religious right or the left and their search for community? How does faith contribute both to harmful or positive visions of community? What can literature teach us about the type of faith that will allow us to create and embrace “the beloved community” introduced by Josiah Royce, and later highlighted by Martin Luther King, Jr.? Proposals that engage with the conference theme of "Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian” are of particular interest.
Wharton and Ecology
Special Issue of the Edith Wharton Review
Call for Papers
The Routledge Companion to Ecopoetics offers comprehensive coverage of the vital and growing movement of ecopoetics. We understand the term ecopoetics as including innovative approaches to the entanglement of individuals, cultures, and languages with the natural systems that permeate and envelop them. We begin with the assumption that ecopoetics is not a genre such as ecopoetry or nature poetry, but rather a dynamic field of inquiry and a laboratory for new ways of knowing. The collection will be global in scope, with contributors drawn from a wide range of nations, ethnicities, and gender identities.