Calls for Papers

Animal Suffering: Inter-Disciplinary Investigations in Animal Studies

Place: Southwestern College – Winfield, KS Dates: October 22nd & 23rd, 2015

We are seeking proposals for a conference on the question of animal suffering. Papers might examine (but are not limited to):

• Representations of Animals and animal suffering in Literature, Philosophy, and Religion • Animals in Disability, Gender, and Postcolonial studies • Animal Rights and/or Virtues • Animals as Wildlife and Household Pets • Farming, Fishing, and Hunting Practices • Treatment of Animals in the Mid-West • Animals and Theories of Environmental Justice • Companionship, Cooperation, and/or Friendship with Animals • Animal-Human ...

Margins and Networks: ASLE-Sponsored Panel at SSAWW

Margins and Networks: ASLE-Sponsored panel at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (SSAWW) November 4-8 (Philadelphia), proposals due February 11.

In keeping with the theme of the SSAWW 2015 Conference, “Liminal Spaces, Hybrid Lives,” this roundtable invites conversations on how the mapping of networks—of correspondence, of influence, of participation—can help us reconsider ideas of margin and periphery. We welcome talks that consider the kinds of networks in which women writers, artists, and others participated. We are especially interested in hearing ...

Environmental Humanities on the Ground: Materiality, Sustainability, and Applicability

Shanghai Normal University, November 6-8, 2015 Abstracts due March 8, 2015

There has been much discussion recently of the overarching intersections between various humanistic disciplines concerned with the environment—environmental history, philosophy, art, and literature, among others. But it is now time for these fields, in the spirit of new trends in eco-materialism, to come down from the sky and touch the practical ground. How might we apply our work as scholars and teachers in the environmental humanities to the New Materialism? What are the points ...

Poles Apart, Melting Together: Science and the Humanities Confront the Anthropocene

June 27th, 2015 at the Boston University Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning. DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: APRIL 3rd, 2015.

Keynote Address by Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The second biennial conference on Teaching Globalization at Boston University will explore the convergence of science and the humanities as we seek to understand the impact of current ecological and technological trends on the planet and on humanity itself. We invite presentations of interdisciplinary research and pedagogy addressing ...

International Association for Environmental Philosophy

Nineteenth Annual Meeting, October 10-12, 2015, at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center, Atlanta, GA, Following the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP).

Please send a single-spaced proposal (500-600 words) PLUS short abstract (75-100 words) in Word format to Ladelle McWhorter, IAEP Secretary, at The body of the email should include detailed contact information (including physical and electronic addresses as well as academic affiliation) of the author(s) AND should also indicate whether your presentation will ...

Underwater Worlds: Aquatic Visions in Art, Science and Literature

Dates: 15-16 September 2015 Location: University of Oxford, United Kingdom Call for Papers Due: April 30, 2015

What lies beneath the surface of the water? From sirens and sea monsters to shipwrecks and the drowned city of Atlantis, the unseen depths of oceans, lakes and rivers have formed the canvas for countless imaginative visions and stories. This conference will examine how humans past and present have represented and imaginatively constructed aquatic environments through art, literature and other cultural forms. Recent critical debates about the anthropocene and ...

Native Literary Ecologies co-sponsored ASLE/ASAIL panel at ALA

ASLE Co-Sponsored Panel, Proposals Due January 5, 2015. “Native Literary Ecologies,” panel co-sponsored by ASLE and ASAIL at the American Literature Association 26th Annual Conference, May 21-25, 2015, Boston, MA. With the growing interest in the environmental humanities across fields, this panel investigates the place of Native texts and indigenous studies methodologies in critical narratives about place, territory, and ecological systems. In what ways do Native writers, texts, and cultural productions engage with broader discourses about environmental health, harm, and restoration? How are ...

Green Knowledge: ASLE-UKI Biennial Conference

Proposals Due February 14, 2015. Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, September 2-4, 2015

Plenary Speakers: Professor Ursula K. Heise (UCLA). Richard Mabey , Professor Louise Westling (University of Oregon)

In The Diversity of Life, E. O. Wilson recalled the experience of recognising his profound ignorance about the object of his research in the forests of the Amazon:

“About the orchids of that places we knew very little. About flies and beetles almost nothing, fungi nothing, most kinds of organisms nothing. Five thousand kinds ...

Biodiversity and Extinction Narratives, ASLE-sponsored panel at ALA

Proposals Due January 10, 2015. “Biodiversity and Extinction Narratives,” ASLE-sponsored panel at the American Literature Association 26th Annual Conference, May 21-25, 2015, Boston, MA.

As Thom van Dooren notes in Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction, “it is tragically clear” that we are in the midst of an anthropogenic mass extinction event, one “brought about, directly and indirectly, by a range of interwoven human activities—including the destruction of habitat, the promulgation of introduced species, direct exploitation and hunting, the indiscriminate ...

Feeling Shitty: The Affective Miseries of Multiculturalism and Corporeal Ways of Resistance

Panel proposed for the ASA 2015 annual meeting to be held October 8-11, 2015, Toronto, Canada; Deadline January 15, 2015.

In The Promise of Happiness, Sara Ahmed argues that “[f]eelings can get stuck to certain bodies,” and those unable or unwilling to adjust to the cultural scripts of neoliberalism often find themselves “stuck,” or worse, cast as the source of unhappy multicultural conflict. According to Ahmed, if “happiness” is the social reward for good subjects, then it is also their (pre)condition—for this reason, the ...