Calls for Papers

Manufacturing Landscapes: Nature and Technology in Environmental History

An international conference to be held in Beijing, at Renmin University of China, 28-31 May 2015.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich

Nuclear power plants, bullet trains, factory farms, and ancient rice paddies are all forms of landscapes transformed by technology. They express a relationship between humans and the natural world. Like all technologies, they have been shaped by their environmental conditions and in turn have reshaped the earth into new ...

Hearing Landscape Critically registration open

This third meeting of the ‘Hearing Landscape Critically’ research network will take place at Harvard University, 14-16 January 2015. The aim of this three-year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust is to transform our sense of sound in landscape, and to document, investigate, and provoke critical encounters between the social and acoustic agents involved in the formations of landscape. The network embraces an interdisciplinary methodology and brings together scholars from diverse geographical contexts and academic fields (including art history, literary studies, and cultural ...

EcoMaterialisms: Organizing Life and Matter

“EcoMaterialisms: Organizing Life and Matter,” a graduate conference organized by the Eco-Materialism Collective at the University of California in Irvine, will be held on Friday 15th May 2015, at the University of California, Irvine.

The event will bring interdisciplinary graduate work to bear on the ongoing critical discussions grouped under the umbrella of “new materialisms.” While what exactly these new materialisms might be or look like remains a vitally open question, this conference is an attempt to map a number of conceptual coordinates that ...

Moral Cultures of Food: Access, Production, and Consumption from Past to Present

UNT Initiative in Food Culture and Environment University of North Texas Denton, TX, April 2-4, 2015.

Feeding ourselves has long entangled human beings within complicated moral puzzles of social injustice and environmental destruction. When we eat, we consume not only food on the plate, but also the lives and labors of innumerable plants, animals, and people. This process distributes its costs unevenly across race, class, gender, and other social categories. The production and distribution of food often obscures these material and cultural connections, impeding honest assessments of ...

Ecocriticism and the Environment sessions at SWPACA

The Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) will once again be sponsoring sessions on Ecocriticism and the Environment at their 36th Annual Conference, February 11-14, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference theme is “Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture.”

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 ...

Ecopoetical Stevens?

The Wallace Stevens Society sponsored panel at the 2015 American Literature Association Conference (May 21-24, 2015; Boston, MA).

Recent criticism is increasingly returning to Wallace Stevens’ poetry through the lenses developed by “ecocriticism,” “ecopoetics,” “environmental criticism,” and posthumanist “animal studies.” How do these theoretical apparatuses and methodologies recast Stevens’ poetry of nature, landscape, and animal life, so long regarded as typical of his postromantic aesthetic? How does Stevens fit into the poetic traditions and genealogies developed by ecocritics? How does he invite such critics ...

Seeing Animals. Seminar accepted for the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting

Seattle, March 26-29, 2015.

Jacques Derrida’s influential The Animal That Therefore I Am begins with a scene of seeing, as he stands exposed before “a cat that looks at [him] without moving, just to see.” For Donna Haraway, in When Species Meet, it’s key that Derrida “understood that actual animals look back at actual human beings.” This seminar strays onto this scene also, in order to consider this face-to-face encounter, and to consider, in particular, the representation of these human and non-human seeing animals ...