Current Conference Calls For Papers


Please consult this resource for information on conferences you might wish to present at or attend. Deadlines for calls for proposals are listed first; conferences of interest have dates of the actual conference listed first. If you would like to submit a call for papers to be posted, please email Amy McIntyre, ASLE Managing Director.


Calls for Proposals


Deadline Extended: July 1, 2014. Eco-Imaginaries: 4th Annual Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference. Conference Date: October 10, 2014.

Conference Website:

As humans, we are continually examining how to position ourselves spatially, aesthetically, emotionally, intellectually, and practically in our environments. Today, we face these tasks with new urgency as the devastating impact of global climate change stimulates renewed scholarly focus on the environment. From Ecocriticism to Posthumanism to Deep Ecology studies, the humanities are engaged in a multi-disciplinary effort to understand how humans interact with natural and built environments. This conference aims to engage with and foster discussions around the complex and historically situated ways in which we imagine and inhabit the environment.

The 2014 Tufts Graduate Humanities Conference seeks to bring together papers that attend to the ways environments are imagined, produced, and articulated in diverse contexts and mediums. Some questions to consider:
•    How have humanistic discourses responded to environmental crises, past and ongoing?
•    What are the aesthetic innovations that have helped represent the sedimented histories of colonialism, global capitalism, and histories of devastation?
•    What role do the linked histories of racism, colonialism, sexism, and militarism play in our imaginings of, and relationships to, the environment?
•    What is the role of art in depicting and understanding ongoing human and natural global devastation?
•    What role does political economy play in discourses of environmentalism?
•    How might we engage with indigenous knowledges when discussing the complex interactions between local and global, without fetishizing either?
•    How do communities—large and small—articulate their identities in more symbiotic and reciprocal ways with their environments?
•    How can we engage terms like ‘ecology,’ ‘environment,’ and ‘humanities’ in order to invite new modes of analysis and representation which more ably reflect histories of devastation, toxic activity, and violence—both human and natural?
•    How might we re-imagine and re-articulate more equitable and sustainable futures for the environment?

Eco-Imaginaries welcomes papers, from all disciplines and fields, whose work participates in emergent conversations about the environment in the humanities. Please send your abstract of no more than 300 words, along with a short bio, to by July 1, 2014.

Keynote: Elizabeth DeLoughrey is an associate professor of English and of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is co-editor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment (2005), Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (2011) and Global Ecologies: Postcolonial Approaches to the Environmental Humanities (forthcoming). She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures (2007) and currently completing a book about climate change, empire, and the literary and visual arts.


July 20, 2014.  Kyoto Conference on Coleridge and Contemplation, 27-29 March, 2015. An international, interdisciplinary conference on Coleridge and Contemplation. Abstracts are welcome on Coleridge and meditation / contemplation /poetic thinking. Further details and a downloadable cfp poster here:

Please contact Peter Cheyne, English Dept, Kyoto Notre Dame University, ( with questions.


August 1, 2014.  FAU Comparative Studies Student Association Conference
Focusing on the Post(-): An Interdisciplinary Perspective
. October 24-25, 2014, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

The focus of this conference is on what it means to be post-, post, or Post, or whether anyone, any place, or indeed anything can ever be truly “post” after an initial phase. Join us as we explore the state of academic inquiry and discourse in studies that focus on “after” effects, identities, and locations. We are interested in examining how the post makes itself known in a variety of disciplines and ideas, and we have conceived the conference in an attempt to allow for papers that wish to focus on the post itself, on the post under erasure, or on the trace of the past as it locates itself within the post in all areas of study. All scholarly work will be considered, but papers that focus on post-colonialism, post-modernism, post-structuralism, post-race, and post-humanism are especially welcomed.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Animal Studies
Computer Technology
Critical Race Studies
(Dis)ability Studies
Environmental Justice
Feminist Studies
Gender Studies
Media and Popular Culture
Post 9/11/Security/Surveillance Culture
Post Apocalypse
Post Print/Digital Media
Queer Studies
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sexual Politics

Guest of Honor: Dr. Sherryl Vint has published widely on science fiction, including most recently Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed. She is a Professor of Science Fiction Media Studies and Co-Director of the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Program at the University of California, Riverside, and an editor for the journals Science Fiction Film and Television and Science Fiction Studies. Her current research is on biopolitics and science fiction.

Scholarly work by both faculty and students from all disciplines is welcomed. The goal of this conference is to cross disciplinary boundaries, unifying perspectives on identity, culture, languages, linguistics, and across world literatures.

To apply: Please e-mail a 500 word abstract (for presentations of 20 minutes in length) before August 1, 2014 to Proposals should include the participant’s name, institutional affiliation, e-mail, and phone number. Proposals for panels are also welcome.

Decisions on abstracts will be sent no later than August 15, 2014. The Ph.D. in Comparative Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. For more information, please visit


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 ( 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 For more information on the SEA-OIEAHC conference, please see


September 30, 2014. Waste Matters: Environmental Pollution and Materiality.  ASLE-Sponsored seminar or panel proposed for the Northeast Modern Language Association 46th Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3, 2015.

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: Contact Jill Gatlin (jill.gatlin at with any other inquiries.


September 30, 2014. Urban Ecologies: Historical Perspectives, panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association 46th Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3, 2015.  Ecocriticism focuses increasingly on urban environments, often in contemporary contexts. But the city has affected ecologies for centuries. Seeking papers dealing with literary perspectives on urban ecologies from the premodern to 1900, including topics such as (but not limited to): pollution, population, nonhuman city dwellers, anti-urbanism, migration, early globalization, cosmopolitan environmentalism, etc.  Please send 250-word abstracts of 15-minute papers by September 30, 2014; to submit an abstract, please go to and follow the instructions there to create a user account, and submit an abstract directly to this session.  Panel organizer: Troy Boone,



September 30, 2014. Food and Sustainability: Towards a Culinary Ecology, proposed panel at the 2015 NeMLA Convention, Toronto, Ontario
April 30-May 3, 2015. Interest in the fields of food and sustainability studies within the humanities is rapidly growing, in part due to their ability to investigate our perceived relationship with ecology. Food is a text that conveys identity, reflecting historically grounded or socially constructed attitudes through what is produced and consumed, both gastronomic and printed. Likewise, the connection between nature and culture as manifested in narratives allow us to recognize the discourse and disconnect between society and our environment, marking us through this relationship. Central to both fields is the interplay of humanity and environment, depicted in rural and urban ecologies, e.g. food deserts versus urban food jungles. We’re seeking abstracts that engage with the intersection of food and sustainability studies that address questions such as:

How are food and place at play in texts, e.g. American Dust Bowl narratives?
How are cosmopolitan or rural landscaped portrayed in "eco" or "gastronomic" memoirs?
How are food and ecology intertwined?
How is the kitchen represented as space in which sustainable practices are negotiated?
Is there a link between the popularization of ethnic foods through cookbook publishing and unsustainable farming and food distribution practices?
Does food blogging and other highly visual online recipe sources contribute to the dematerialization and objectification of food and the environment? And are these practices viewed as constitutive of modern identity?

Topics may address but are not limited to:
Food deserts and urban ecology
Food, sustainability, and identity
Poverty, nutrition, literacy, and sustainability
Factory farming and the rural poor versus urban elitist foodways
The popularization of ethnic foods through cookbook publishing practices as linked to unsustainable farming and food distribution practices
The dematerialization of food through food blogging and other sources of highly visual online recipes such as pinterest, and therefore, food porn as a link to the objectification of the environment and the animal which could be seen as constitutive of modern identity through symbolic consumption
The unreliable food narration of blogs that promotes unethical and unsustainable food practices
Food in environmental literature, material referent or symbolic currency?
Environmental memoir and food memoir, cosmopolitanism versus ruralism
Urban farmer's market as foodie jungle
How sustainable is the practice of cookbook publication?
How are food and ecology intertwined?
How are food and place at play in texts, like for example American dustbowl narratives, Indian labor narratives, or sub-saharan slave narratives?
Kitchen as space in which sustainable practices are negotiated
The cultural materialism of country versus city

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and submitted by September 30, 2014. To submit an abstract, please visit Follow the instructions there to create a user account, and submit abstracts directly to the session.* The session link is Please include your name, affiliation, and email address.

(*Note: although you have to create a sign in you don't need to pay or become a member to submit a cfp).


September 30, 2014. The Dynamics of Darkness in the North: Natural, Artificial, Cultural, A scientific and artistic multidisciplinary international event, February 26-28, 2015, Reykjavík, Iceland. The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and thus we are curious to explore the infinite choreographies of darkness and light that affect everyday experiences of people inhabiting the North. The aim of this scientific and artistic, multidisciplinary international conference is to bring together different perspectives and to create conversations between different groups of audiences, ranging from students and academics to artists and the general public. Academics, artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs are invited to submit proposals for papers, installations or performances that address the conference theme by September 30th, 2014.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Quality of darkness
Darkness and light in architecture
Urban Winter lighting
Northern lights
Living in the seasons of darkness in the North
Playing with shadows
Physical and psychological effects of darkness
Feeling darkness
Expressions of darkness
Oral cultures and storytelling in long dark Winters
Dark histories
Dark tourism
Darkness as matter
Moving through darkness
The flow of darkness

Please submit your proposal before September 30th, 2014 with a title and a description of a maximum of 250 words to, including your professional affiliation and status, postal and email addresses. Proposals for artistic presentations, i.e. performance, installation or the exhibition of visual, sound or digital material, should contain a description of the creative concept and the artist’s intent, in addition to spatial and technological needs. All presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Proposals should be written in English, which will be the language of the event. Answers will be sent by November 1st, 2014.

Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs. A contribution fee of 20,000 ISK (130€, 190$CAD) will be requested for speakers and participants, to cover organization, registration, program, and coffee breaks.

This event is co-organized by the Department of Geography and Tourism at the University of Iceland, the International Laboratory for the Multidisciplinary Study of Representations of the North at the Université du Québec à Montreal, and the Iceland Academy of the Arts, in cooperation with the Nordic House in Reykjavík, the Embassy of Canada in Iceland and the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises. 


January, 16, 2015. THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW BICENTENNIAL CREATIVE WRITING & LITERATURE CONFERENCE, June 11–13, 2015, at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA. Keynotes: Martín Espada, Patricia Hampl, Steven Schwartz

The North American Review, the longest-lived literary magazine in the United States, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions to its Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference, to be held on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, June 11-13, 2015. The editors invite proposals for individual papers, pre-formed panels (3-4 panelists), or roundtable discussions (4-6 participants).

Critical papers, panels, and roundtables may be submitted on any literary or cultural topic, theme, author, art work, or text that has some connection (broadly conceived) to the North American Review. Group society proposals are welcome.

Creative Writing proposals may include readings of your own creative work, explorations of the craft and theory of writing, or discussions of creative writing pedagogy, the publishing world, the professionalization of creative writing, or creative writing as a discipline in the university. Visit to upload your submission.  Deadline for submissions is January, 16, 2015.

More details about the magazine and the conference can be found at and
The entire North American Review archives can be accessed digitally via the JSTOR database (; issues appearing from 1815 to 1899 can be searched or browsed at Cornell University’s Making of America Website (; and an index of authors and subjects in the North American Review from 1815 to 1877 is available through Google Books ( A list of notable contributors is available at

If you have a question or need assistance in locating a source, contact the conference director Jeremy Schraffenberger at


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