Calls for Papers

Visualising the Animal

A conference questioning the meaning of animals within contemporary society as seen through photography. 18th & 19th June 2015, University of Cumbria, Carlisle (Fusehill Street Campus), deadline for submissions March 15, 2015. The conference is organised by Katrin Joost and Sarah Bonner, Photography, University of Cumbria.

What is it to be human? Traditionally, human nature is set in opposition to the nature of animals. Yet, at least since evolutionary theory, humans are understood as part of the animal kingdom. Philosophical discourse is investigating a ...

Imagined Frontiers/Imagined Communities

“Imagined Frontiers/Imagined Communities:” 20th International James Fenimore Cooper/Susan Fenimore Cooper Conference & Seminar June 1-4, 2015 SUNY, College at Oneonta

Proposal Deadline has been extended to March 30, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Rochelle Johnson, Ph.D. Professor of English and Environmental Studies, College of Idaho Author of Passions for Nature and biographer of Susan Fenimore Cooper

In 1978, the first International James Fenimore Cooper Conference was in Oneonta, New York, a beautiful valley on the banks of the Susquehanna River, at the foothills of the Catskills, just minutes from Cooper’s boyhood home ...

Literature, Environment and the Common Good: Food, Habitat, Climate

Dates: 9-10 December 2015.  Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2015. Place: «Sapienza» University of Rome, Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, Department of European, American and Intercultural Studies, Villa Mirafiori – Via Carlo Fea 2, 00161 Rome, Italy

The conference will cross literary studies and ecological approaches to the theme of the common good, in the present context of environmental crisis. The general perspective is both aesthetic and ethical, since literary texts will be approached as part of a wide-ranging pursuit of the common good.

We would ...

Animals in the Anthropocene: Human-animal relations in a changing semiosphere

The Second Call For Papers for the conference “Animals in the Anthropocene: Human-animal relations in a changing semiosphere” (Stavanger, Norway, September 17-19, 2015) has appeared (see conference webpage and 2nd CFP).

Deadline for submission of abstracts (oral presentations): March 1st 2015. Please submit your abstract to

Keynote speakers: Almo Farina (Italy), Gisela Kaplan (Australia), Dominique Lestel (France), David Rothenberg (USA), Bronislaw Szerszynski (UK) and Louise Westling (USA).

The conference will feature 7 theme sessions: – “Animals mediating the real and the imaginary in the past” (chairs: ...

AUETSA Conference 2015: Environment, Race, and Land Use

THE ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY ENGLISH TEACHERS OF SOUTH AFRICA (AUETSA) CALL FOR PAPERS (EXTENDED DEADLINE: 28 February 2015) Environment, Race, and Land Use, Rhodes University, Grahamstown: 13-15 July 2015

[T]he ways in which we know and represent the world (both nature and society) are inseparable from the ways in which we choose to live in it. –Sheila Jasanoff, States of Knowledge

Papers are invited on, but not limited, to the theme of environment, race, and land use in South Africa, with reference to work that includes ...

ASLE Panel at MLA 2016: Transgender Studies, Ecology, and the Environmental Humanities

MLA Convention: January 7-10, 2016 in Austin, TX Deadline: March 15, 2015

For this panel, organized by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, we invite proposals for papers that place transgender studies and the environmental humanities into critical conversation, thus attending to existing gaps in scholarship when it comes to the relationships among “trans(gender),” “ecology,” and “environment.” For example, while materialist ecocriticism has shown concern for trans phenomena, such as the “trans-corporeality” discussed by Stacy Alaimo, that work has tended to reject ...

The 10th Biennial Symbiosis 2015 Conference: Transatlantic Literary & Cultural Relations

A Symbiosis and Essex University event at Essex University, Colchester, UK, July 9-12, 2015. Keynote Speakers: Richard Gray (Essex University); Peter Hulme (Essex); Jahan Ramazani (Virginia); Guest speaker: t.b.a.  EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday March 22, 2015.

The headline conference theme is trauma, conflict, and reconciliations, although proposals on any topic relevant to any area of Transatlantic Studies are welcome. The event organizers invite submission of:

• 200 – 300 word abstracts for proposed 20-minute conference presentations • Panel presentations comprising 3 presenters (please submit three 200 word ...

Recording Nature in the Early Atlantic World, 1750-1830

250-word proposal deadline: March 30, 2015 Please send proposal in .docx or .doc format to Elizabeth Hewitt (]. If you have any questions, please contact: Duncan Faherty (

The Charles Brockden Brown Society invites proposals that take up the broad theme of nature in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Although best known as a novelist, Charles Brockden Brown was also an armchair natural historian who died while beginning a large work of science, A System of General Geography. We encourage presentations that focus on nature ...


Sponsored by The Precarious Alliance, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA. Dates: October 14-16, 2015 Submission Deadline: June 1, 2015

America has been celebrated as a beautiful land of bountiful natural resources since its founding. Its colonization and industrialization were fueled by the belief that the land could fulfill “The American Dream,” the hope of a better, richer, and happier life for all people. But is an American Dream that equates progress with prosperity, and democracy with development, a sustainable way forward into the twenty-first century?

“Land and ...

Network Ecologies: Exploring Relations Between Environmental Art, Science & Activism

University of Hull (Scarborough, UK), June 4-6th 2015 Deadline for proposals: 13th March 2015 Confirmation of Acceptance 15th April 2015

This interdisciplinary symposium seeks to identify innovative research practices and case studies, which demonstrate how the fields of environmental art, environmental science and environmental politics/activism can be usefully combined, in order to further environmental discourse in the public sphere. This symposium is therefore interested in breaking down the categorical distinctions between art, science and politics in order to promote examples of research practice which are founded ...