Calls for Papers

Specters of Dark Ecology: Romantic and Victorian Underside

Proposed panel at NeMLA Convention, March 17-20, 2016 in Hartford, Connecticut. The underside or lower surface (OED) is the space of the unseen—the obverse or negation. As negative space, the underside remains hidden lurking below the surface, which is present through its absence from visibility. In French poststructuralist philosophy, the underside is Jacques Derrida’s différance—the difference and deferral of meaning based on distinction among signifiers (i.e. /a/ vs. /e/). The /a/ is indistinct from /e/ and is unknown until it comes into being ...

Roots of Ecocritical Practice: 19th-century Anglophone Phenomenon

Proposed panel at NeMLA Convention, March 17-20, 2016 in Hartford, Connecticut. Contemporary ecocritical praxis often yokes the literary with the ecological. That is, literary texts are often examined with an ecocritical perspective to yield readings that consider the value of place and space (as opposed to race, gender, and class distinctions). In so doing, the literary texts are not examined necessarily for the structure or the absence of structure; rather, literature as an object of study becomes the means by which ecocritics can ...

Climate Change Pedagogy: Literature, Arts, Interdisciplinarity, Action (ASLE-Sponsored Session at NeMLA)

Climate Change Pedagogy: Literature, Arts, Interdisciplinarity, Action: ASLE-Sponsored Session at the 47th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), March 17-20, 2016, Hartford, CT.

Cultural theory, literature, and other arts offer invaluable opportunities for thinking critically about the different aesthetics, emotions, stories, voices, values, and ideologies important to understanding climate change. Often, however, students who want to see possibilities, not just problems—to feel empowered, not just enlightened—feel justifiably frustrated by apocalyptic narratives and, more generally, by critical analysis, which doesn’t automatically help them envision ...

Shakespeare and his Contemporaries 2016 – The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence

Shakespeare and his Contemporaries The IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence Prophecy and Conspiracy in Early Modern England Florence 22nd April 2016

The 2016 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the themes of prophecy and conspiracy in early modern texts.

A number of texts written in Tudor and Stuart England feature sibyls, ...

4th International Conference on Comics as Visual Literature

The Literary Seminary consists of an active student body – members who are passionate about bringing an inculcation of the reading habit to the student society. As a result, we have planned to conduct an International Conference on the theme ‘Comics as Visual Literature’ from 2nd – 4th September 2015. We have discovered that comics and graphic novels can be used as an effective means of communication, especially to the present generation.

In order to take the first step towards change, a group of ...

Anti/Post-disciplinarity Rethinking Academic Paradigms

Anti/Post-disciplinarity: Rethinking Academic Paradigms

Conference dates: Wednesday December 9 – Thursday December 10, 2015 Venue: Conference Hall at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences in Kairouan

Human knowledge ranges from pure science to pure myth. In between lies a broad gamut of conceptually different cognitive experiences and patterns of perception which represent the world in visions and theories. The authority to produce and authenticate/validate knowledge, that which allows for theoretically informed descriptions and explanations of the nature of any given social, cultural or linguistic phenomenon, ...

Touching the Body in Pieces: Affective Ecologies of the Modern Body (NeMLA- March 2016, Hartford, CT)

From artist Hans Bellmer’s distorted dolls, to Rupert Brooke’s “dust” in a “corner of a foreign field,” to Virginia Woolf’s “orts, scraps, and fragments,” bodies – textual, phenomenological, cultural, political, and physical – seem to fall to pieces in modernism. How can we conceptualize the modern body in light of its affective and ecological surrounds?

Broadly, this panel at NeMLA 2016 seeks to examine these ecologies of bodies and their surrounds in modernism. Specifically, we endeavor to explore textual bodies and their composition (or ...

Landscaping Change Exploring the transformation, reconstitution and disruption of environments through the arts and humanities and social science.

Landscaping Change Exploring the transformation, reconstitution and disruption of environments through the arts and humanities and social science.

Bath Spa University, Bath, UK Conference: 29, 30, 31 March 2016

Sponsored by the British Academy and hosted by the Writing and the Environment Research Centre, BSU

Keynote Speakers: Stephen Daniels, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham Other speakers TBC

This conference aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion and performative evaluation of landscapes under processes of change. Changes in landscapes may be brought about by regeneration and conservation initiatives, large scale climatic and ...

Romanticism and the South West (UK)

Registration is now open for this one-day conference. This conference aims to explore the importance of the South West (UK) for Romantic writers, with a particular emphasis on the following topics:

–Ecologically aware writing and protoenvironmental thought; –The role of the South West in an era of scientific development and discovery; –The South West as a centre for reform movements and radical politics, as well as a region connected to slavery and imperialism; –Romantic afterlives in the South West.

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Dwellings of Enchantment: Writing and Reenchanting the Earth

International Conference on Ecopoetics University of Perpignan Via Domitia, France June 22nd-25th, 2016

Guest Writers: Linda Hogan; Other writers to be confirmed

Confirmed Keynote Speakers Joni Adamson, Arizona State University François Gavillon, Université de Brest Yves-Charles Grandjeat, Université de Bordeaux Wendy Harding, Université Toulouse Jean-Jaurès Scott Slovic, University of Idaho

With its roots in nineteenth century American transcendentalism, nature writing, environmental literature, or again literature of place in North America has in the past fifty years sprouted into a minor genre of contemporary literature. As the world is becoming increasingly aware of the ...