Calls for Papers

inside/OUT: A European Conference for the Humanities 2017

inside/OUT: A European Conference for the Humanities 2017

EDINBURGH, UK 5-7 April 2017


In April 2017, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) is hosting a European Conference for the Humanities on behalf of the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (ECHIC).

The Conference will comprise plenary presentations, panel paper sessions, lightning talks and roundtable reflections as well as opportunities for networking. It aims to probe some of the most pressing issues facing the humanities as academic ...

ASLE 2017 Panel, Indigenous Ecocriticism: Resistance and Recovery

Coinciding with the formation of the ASLE Indigenous Ecocriticism special interest group, this panel explores the ongoing relationships between ecocriticism and Native American and Indigenous studies. Although the two fields have long demonstrated related interests—for instance, Keywords for Environmental Studies (NYU P, 2016) features an entry on “indigeneity,” while Native Studies Keywords (Arizona State UP, 2015) devotes a section to “land”—much room remains for exchanges and collaboration. The recent collection Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies (Routledge, 2017) further attests to the enriching scholarship that ...

ASLE 2017: Roundtable on Topics in Nordic Environmental Humanities

Roundtable on Topics in Nordic Environmental Humanities [Title/Theme to be revised based on submissions received] ASLE 2017 (20-24 June, Detroit)

With strong governmental policies addressing both climate change and social inequality, the Scandinavian and Nordic nations are often held up as global models of environmental citizenship. Yet when we resist this narrative and look through its cracks, we see other, perhaps more rusty, portraits emerge. Drawing on the broad conference themes of resistance, recovery, and ecological citizenship, this roundtable seeks participants whose work uses innovative methods ...

ASLE 2017 Panel: Local Exposures/Collective Weathering

Rust is the result of oxidation due to exposure to weather, to water, and to time. In plants, it is the result of exposure to certain fungi. Organic and inorganic matter—metals, wood, skin, bone, et cetera—all change as a result of exposure, experiencing oxidation, corrosion, biodegradation, waterlogging, contamination, and myriad other forms of weathering. Neimanis and Walker extend this term to “our [bodily] relationship to climate change,” describing humans as transcorporeal “weather-bodies” (558). Human and non-human individuals and communities are affected by and ...

ASLE 2017 Panel: Modernist Resilience at the End of the World(s)

Modernist Resilience at the End of the World(s), ASLE Conference Panel Proposal, June 20-24, 2017, Detroit, MI

Ecocritical modernist scholars such as Greg Garrard, Anne Raine, and Kelly Sultzbach insist on historicizing modernism in order to effectively critique the relationship between the literatures of this period and the environment. Taking its cue from such methodologies, this panel will explore how modernist writers respond to inhabiting the moment and place of a world at war. In the final century of the millennia, many authors and ...


The Ecocriticism and the Environment area welcomes abstracts on film, literature, advertising, video games, social media, architecture, music, religion, and really any other method of human expression. Potential topics include:

-how can ecocriticism speak to digital realities/emergent realities in video games and other immersive experiences? -to what degree does our built environment inform our conception of physical nature? -how do stories that we tell about our natural environments explain something about our understanding of the natural world? -how can the stories we tell help create a more productive ...

ASLE 2017 Panel, Corrosions of Justice: Addressing Water Pollution and (Mis)management

Recent studies have shown that the world’s freshwater supply is being used faster than it is being replenished. Dwindling water resources have been compounded by recent and ongoing events such as the lead-contaminated water supply in Flint, Michigan; once-in-a-millennium droughts in the southwestern United States and central India; the increased privatization of water; as well as socio-environmental tragedies due to industrial malpractices causing extreme pollution on rivers such as the Animas in Colorado and Rio Doce in Brazil. These environmental disasters affect poor ...

ASLE 2017 panel or roundtable: “Nuclear Waste(lands)”

ASLE 2017 panel or roundtable: “Nuclear Waste(lands)” deadline for submissions: September 30, 2016

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI June 20-24, 2017

Seeking panelists or participants for ASLE panel/roundtable: “Nuclear Waste(lands)”

Decades after the fall of the Soviet Union and end of the arms race, the nuclear bomb and its attendant Cold War anxieties seem already deeply buried in the past. While the weapons themselves remain housed in storage facilities and silos across the globe, much of the cultural and even political thinking about nuclear weapons is outdated, malformed ...

ASLE 2017 Panel: The Environment and the Energy Humanities

ASLE Panel: The Environment and Energy Humanities deadline for submissions: November 1, 2016

Seeking presenters for a panel proposal for the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference in Detroit, MI, June 20-24, 2017

For a long time, the production and consumption of energy has been a blind spot in literary criticism, but that has recently changed with what has come to be called “the energy humanities.”  Such studies have sought to uncover the effects of energy use—especially that of fossil fuels—on ...

NeMLA Panel 2017, Urban Pastoralism

As cities across the US, including Baltimore, are utilizing “green” design techniques (urban parks, gardens, and waterfront consumer or recreational spaces) in order to revitalize their economy, urban pastoralism has become a major trend in the post-industrial age. But as critic James Machor has argued, American politicians, urban designers, and writers have appealed to urban pastoral landscapes since the country’s origins. In urban pastoralism, according to Machor, the “city and country are equally valuable components in an evolving landscape best served when those ...

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