We will post here any calls for papers or information on conferences related to ASLE and affiliated organizations, including international groups, ASLE-sponsored panels at other conferences, and ASLE-sponsored off-year symposia. Calls for panels at the 2015 ASLE Biennial Conference will be posted below, email firstname.lastname@example.org to have yours added to this page.
Calls for Proposals
August 20, 2014. SEA-ASLE Roundtable in Early American Animal Studies. Roundtable at the SEA-OIEAHC (The Society of Early Americanists and Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture) Joint Conference, Chicago, June 18-21, 2015. In recent years, Animal Studies has gained increasing prominence among literature scholars, particularly among those working in the environmental humanities. This roundtable invites early American considerations of non-human animals, broadly conceived. We welcome papers that examine literary or visual texts as well as material artifacts.
We seek exciting work and work-in-progress that would benefit from presentation in a roundtable format. Recognizing that discussion among roundtable participants and between participants and the audience members can yield productive results, we seek abstracts of projects that could be presented briefly (say, five to ten minutes) and that would benefit from cross-pollinations.
Please submit to Lauren LaFauci (email@example.com) an abstract of the work you would present (ca. 100 words) and a brief scholarly biography or abbreviated c.v. by August 20th.
Note: This roundtable will be the official panel of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) at SEA and is guaranteed a spot on the program. Interested roundtable participants need not be members of ASLE to present at the ASLE-sponsored SEA panel, but all conference participants must be members of SEA. For more information on ASLE, please see www.asle.org. For more information on the SEA-OIEAHC conference, please see http://oieahc.wm.edu/conferences/annual/cfp/index.cfm.
September 30, 2014. Waste Matters: Environmental Pollution and Materiality.
ASLE-Sponsored panel proposed for the Northeast Modern Language
Association 46th Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3,
Literary, filmic, and artistic media are littered with representations of environmental pollution and waste, whether in accounts of catastrophe and crisis or in stories of scavenging and survival. From e-waste shipped from the U.S. to China and Africa, to trash salvaged by cartoneros in Central and South America, to nuclear and oil spill contamination spread across the globe, to trash accumulated in space, waste increasingly appears in literature, film, and visual arts not simply as a symbol of the abject but as a material force shaping contemporary life. This seminar seeks to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation about how writers and other artists represent pollution and waste as material concerns. Participants might address questions such as:
How have varied cultural and historical contexts shaped understandings of pollution and waste as material concerns? How was pollution understood materially prior to the emergence of this terminology in the mid-nineteenth century, and prior to the twentieth-century environmental movement? How does the original notion of pollution as moral contamination continue to inform discourse on material waste?
How is the materiality of environmental pollution understood in relation to social justice? How have the social meanings and material impacts of waste been mapped onto marginalized populations? Who or what controls the production of knowledge—and of uncertainty—regarding pollution and waste?
To what extent are pollution and waste depicted as “vital” actants (Jane Bennett 2010) or “violent” social forces (Rob Nixon 2011)? How are they perceived on the micro-scale of the particle, via the everyday experience of the body, or through a macro-view of the planet? How are human bodies, nonhuman nature, and waste understood as interrelational agents?
What kinds of affective or aesthetic responses do pollution and waste invite, facilitate, or foreclose? How do writers and other artists engage audiences aesthetically, affectively, and critically in their representations of pollution and waste?
This session will be a seminar with pre-circulated papers, short presentations, and discussion if we have 5-10 participants, or a traditional panel if we have 3-4 participants. Please submit 300-500 word abstracts on the NeMLA website by 9/30/14: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15511. Contact Jill Gatlin (jill.gatlin at necmusic.edu) with any other inquiries.
October 31, 2014. “When the Alien Emerges: Eco-Teaching Speculative Fiction Film,” ASLE/SFRA panel at the ASLE Eleventh Biennial Conference, June 23-27, 2015, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
Related to the 2015 ASLE conference theme – Notes From Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture, and Justice – this panel or roundtable [we will determine the form based on the quantity of selected proposals] will explore eco-critical analyses of speculative fiction films with creatures who come “from underneath” or who “get underneath” and how those films can be used in the classroom. Proposals are invited for critical approaches to one or more speculative films that consider environmental pedagogy. Topics might focus on underground movements, activism, resistance, and emergence, considering how sf, environmental theory, and the teaching of these often fall into these categories. How can the convergence of the “what if” element of sf and the accessibility of film be a rich site to interrogate environmental issues? How has the cinematic notion of “underground” changed in eco-critical analyses over the decades? How can films about oceanic and/or other subterranean “monsters” be used in teaching to analyze environmental issues? How can films about parasitic creatures break down the “skin” between human/non-human? What do the human/nonhuman-ness of the creatures in these films say about human understanding of the non-human world? While this list of questions is merely a start, please make it clear in your proposal that your talk engages with teaching, whether experientially, anecdotally, or speculatively.
This panel is sponsored by the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA), a professional affiliate organization of ASLE. Please submit a 250-word proposal in the body of an email to both Andrew Hageman at firstname.lastname@example.org and Bridgitte Barclay at email@example.com by October 31, 2014.
Conferences of Interest
October 9-11, 2014. Towards Ecocultural Ethics: Recent Trends and Future Directions, ASLE-sponsored off-year symposium, Goa, India. The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa, India is organising an International Conference on "Towards Ecocultural Ethics: Recent Trends and Future Directions" on October 9-11, 2014 at K.K. Birla Goa Campus. The conference is organised in collaboration with The Department of Philosophy, Goa University and is sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. The same organizers in Goa were instrumental in putting on the highly successful TEFF (Tinai Eco-Film Festival) last year; for information see http://tinaiecofilmfestival.wordpress.com/
For more details and full CFP, please see the website at:
ASLE members planning to travel from other countries to this conference should be in direct contact with the organizers regarding assistance with registration fee and accommodation. Contact email for questions and submissions is firstname.lastname@example.org.