Calls for Papers

ASLE 2017 Panel: Humor and Environment

Scholars such as Michael P. Branch have recently issued calls for environmental humor, suggesting that environmental humanities scholars have overlooked both non-serious texts and the presence of humor in the texts that we do study. Branch asks: “[W]hat good might come of a greater openness to humor in our critical and creative practice?”

While Branch’s call is promising, the texts and figures he invokes at length — Thoreau’s Walden, Mark Twain, Edward Abbey — are limited in their cultural and geographical scope. Thus, this ...

CFP ASLE 2017: Critical Approaches to Bioregional Literature of the Great Lakes Basin (June 20-24 2017, Detroit)

CFP ASLE 2017: Critical Approaches to Bioregional Literature of the Great Lakes Basin (June 20-24 2017, Detroit, MI)

Bioregionalism has received warranted critiques for ignoring cosmopolitan identities and urban experiences, and yet at the heart of bioregionalism are values that may prove useful for those interested in ASLE 2017’s theme that emphasizes Detroit’s unique cultural and environmental histories and gestures outward to “the underside of cosmopolis,” to “stories of collapse-and-recovery,” and to those who aim to “defend what is threatened.” For example, Tom Lynch, ...

CFP for ASLE 2017: Bridge + River

Rust is a reaction between ferrous metal and water. The culture of many rust belt cities reflects the often ambivalent relationship between the metal of industrial infrastructure and the rivers that gave rise to industrial development but often then suffered ecologically.

Bridge + River is a hybrid jam session proposed for the Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery conference sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) from June 20-24, 2017 in Detroit.

We are seeking four or five participants for ...

CFP for ASLE 2017: Critical Perspectives on Ecopoetics

Panel Proposal for the 2017 ASLE Biennial Conference, Detroit, Michigan, June 20-24, 2017.

Conventional conceptions of ecopoetics—which generally rise from the work of John Elder, Leonard Scigaj, J. Scott Bryson, and Jonathan Bate, who present ecopoetics as mimetic and often activist in its sentiments—tie the term to the natural world and seek accurate expressions of it within language and form. In more recent conceptions of the term, however, technological and social shifts toward fewer physical and natural spaces and toward more digital and ...

ASLE 2017 Panel: Labor, Leisure, and the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene has developed largely because of our cultures of work and our work machines. This fact calls for a reevaluation of work. How might this effort proceed? How should we reimagine labor and leisure in light of climate change? What does the news of the Anthropocene teach us about ideologies of labor and leisure? What does the naming technology of “the Anthropocene” make possible? What does it suppress or disable?

Also: Labor and leisure are often demarcated in temporal terms, terms that determine ...

Health & Environment: ASLE 2017 Panel Proposal

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

Health & Environment

In a 2012 article in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (part of the 19.3 special issue on “material ecocriticism”), Greg Garrard proposed adding the term “health” to the list of tropes analyzed in his Ecocriticism (2012). Taking its cue from Garrard’s helpful and provocative consideration of health, life writing, and queer ecology, this panel will ...

ACLA: Theorizing Reading and Activism in Environmental Literature

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting Universiteit Utrecht, July 6-9, 2017

This seminar will explore how theories of reading and reception–important to recent work in critical race studies, cognitive narratology, and new formalism–can inform ecocriticism. Building on the large body of scholarship attending to problems of reading, reception, race, and ethnicity, the seminar in particular invites papers on literatures of environmental justice or postcolonial environmentalism.

While ecocriticism often addresses the activist agendas of environmental literature and speculates on its potential extratextual impacts, the field has ...

ASLE Panel at NEMLA, Environmental Justice: Social Movements, History, Literature and Other Arts

48th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) March 23-26, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016

Environmental Justice: Social Movements, History, Literature and Other Arts Session sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

What defines environmental justice (EJ) arts? Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, this seminar will address literary and other artistic engagements with EJ, paying particular attention to term’s historical specificity and ways of theorizing intersections between social movements and the arts. Since ...

ACLA proposed seminar: “It’s about la Terre”

Call for contribution to Seminar entitled “It’s about la Terre” at ACLA, Utrecht, July 6-9, 2017. This seminar invites proposals by scholars interested in contemporary literary works or film narratives including the emerging disciplines of Ecocriticism, Ecofiction, or Ecolit, which solicit “la terre,” its associations or byproducts as central and significant themes, to address or revisit matters of human existence, whether personal, regional, or of a global nature.

Although broad a subject matter, the goal of this seminar is to focus on the underpinnings of ...

Animism in a Planetary Frame

Proposals invited for a seminar stream at this year’s American Comparative Literature Association conference, which will run 6-9 July 2017. The stream can accommodate up to 12 papers, over three sessions on concurrent mornings. The ACLA will accept submissions until the 23rd of September 2016. Paper proposals need to be submitted on the association’s website:

The cfp for the seminar stream is at but we have also copied it below.

Animism has been making something of a comeback. While animism remains an umbrella ...

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