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

  

November 1, 2014. Joint Tenant of the Shade: Environmentalism and Animal Welfare in the Long Eighteenth Century, Member-organized Session Proposal at ACCUTE 2015. Organizer: Katherine Quinsey, University of Windsor, kateq@uwindsor.ca.

Once a traditional theme of eighteenth-century studies, the study of “Nature” is re-emerging in the light of recent developments in ecocriticism.  This period (1600-1820) saw the radical redefinition of “humanity” and of the human place in the environment, the establishment of scientific empiricism and a subject-object relationship between human observer and the natural world, and the exponential growth of urbanisation, with its concomitant growth in landscape aestheticism and environmental philosophy. This session invites papers examining the idea of ecology–defined as the understanding of the natural environment as being separate from human definition / domination and as having its own reason for being—in works from a range of writers and/or artists of the long eighteenth century, and from a variety of approaches.  The pictorial representations of this theme in the works of artists such as Hogarth and Blake are also potential material for critical discussion. Of key relevance also is the changing representation of animals in the period, in the shift from their traditional emblematic significance, to the renegotiation of traditional animal-human boundaries, to the growth of the concept of animal welfare.

Paper proposals should be sent to kateq@uwindsor.ca no later than November 1st.  Proposals must follow ACCUTE submission guidelines: one 300-500 word paper proposal (without identifying marks), a 100-word abstract, a 50-word biographical statement, and the ACCUTE Submissions Information Sheet available at www.accute.ca.


 

November 1, 2014. 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 in turn to modify and complicate their theoretical perspectives and historical scenarios? This panel invites contributions from a variety of angles and subdisciplines within the booming fields of ecocriticism and animal studies.

Please send 250-word abstracts and a brief bio to Natalie Gerber at gerber@fredonia.edu, no later than November 1, 2014.


 

November 1, 2014. 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 to digital realities/emergent realities in video games and other immersive experiences?
  • to what degree does our built environment inform our conception of physical nature?
  • how do the structures of religious liturgies deal with the physical environment?

These ideas are representative, and certainly not an exhaustive list.

Please submit abstracts of 300 words or fewer at http://conference2015.southwestpca.org/ by November 1, 2014. Paper presentations are limited to 15 minutes.  Panel proposals should include an abstract for each paper (each submitted on a separate proposal form), containing panel title, panel chair, commenters, etc.

Refer questions to Jeremy Elliott at jeremy.elliott@acu.edu. For more information on the conference, including registration, travel, awards for the best  graduate student papers, etc., see http://southwestpca.org

Visit http://journaldialogue.org for information about the organization's new, peer-reviewed journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy.


 

November 25, 2014. MANY VOICES, ONE CENTER: 16th NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE SYMPOSIUM. March 12-14, 2015, Isleta Resort & Casino Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico. With literature as a crossroads where many forms of knowledge meet—art, history, politics, science, religion, film, cultural studies—we welcome once again spirited participation on all aspects of Native American studies. We invite proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, readings, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops.  We especially encourage presentations and panels on teaching children’s and young adult literature by indigenous writers, as well as current issues in Indian Country such as language revitalization, mascot debates, and academic freedom for indigenous scholars.

New for 2015:  Flash fiction contest!  Stay tuned for details.
Nominations/Applications for the Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies due January 15, 2015.  See the website for details.

Queries can be directed to
Dr. Gwen Westerman                  or             Dennis Herbert          
Director, NALS                                             Assistant to the Director
gwen.westerman@mnsu.edu                      dennis.herbert@mnsu.edu

PROPOSAL and REGISTRATION FORMS and more information can be found on the NALS web site: www.mnsu.edu/nativelit/

SYMPOSIUM HOUSING: The host facility for the symposium will be the Isleta Resort & Casino Hotel, www.isleta.com


 

December 1, 2014. 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 our impacts on the world around us. In our own day, it is tempting to envision local, fair trade, organic, and humane food systems as less harmful options to the ravages of corporate agribusiness and global food capitalism, but these alternatives each carry their own significant social and ecological costs, as no shortage of critics have pointed out. In past times and places, other similar conversations structured the acceptable boundaries of food practices that condemned living beings to the fate of digestion.

The "Moral Cultures of Food" conference asks what we might learn from the critical study of these past efforts to understand and resolve the ethical dilemmas of eating. We invite scholars of any rank, from graduate student to full professor, to come to the University of North Texas for a three-day program of panel presentations, workshops, and public discussions designed to address the historical dimensions of food ethics and to provoke new avenues of interdisciplinary research in the field of food studies. The conference will be hosted by Jennifer Jensen Wallach and Michael Wise, co-founders of UNT's Initiative in Food Culture and Environment. Special guests will include Carol J. Adams (author of The Sexual Politics of Meat) and James McWilliams (author of Just Food). We will invite conference participants to contribute to an edited volume to be published by the University of Arkansas Press.

We welcome the submission of individual paper proposals by December 1, 2014. Invitations will be sent to participants by January 1, 2015. We are happy to consider proposals from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. The proposal, of up to three pages, should indicate how the project approaches and interprets the conference theme in addition to describing the research to be presented. Please email proposals and brief CVs directly to: Jennifer Jensen Wallach (jennifer.wallach@unt.edu) and Michael Wise (michael.wise@unt.edu)


 

December 5, 2014. 2nd Biennial Conference on Living with Animals: Interconnections.  March 19-21, 2015, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY.

CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS: Drs. Robert Mitchell, Radhika Makecha, and Michal Pregowski, livingwithanimals@eku.edu

"Living with Animals 2" is a reprise of the first "Living with Animals" conference that took place at Eastern Kentucky University in 2013. Eastern Kentucky University, located in Richmond just south of Lexington, "The Horse Capital of the World", began offering the first undergraduate degree in Animal Studies in 2010. As our conference title suggests, we are planning to offer a Living with Animals conference every 2 years. The conference dates are March 19-21, 2015, with optional excursions (TBA) on March 22.

This second time around, we are hoping to retain the strong arts and humanities perspectives we enjoyed so much in the first conference, as well as including some more scientific and applied perspectives for general audiences. Consistent with the conference theme, we are looking for interconnections: not only between and across diverse humans and diverse animals, but also between and across disciplines.

There will be continuity with the first "Living with Animals" conference. Artist and art historian Julia Schlosser, 2013's co-organizer, will be having a display of her photographic work on pet-human interaction, and will also provide a keynote address about her work. We are planning to continue our Horse theme, but with a shorter half-day session selected and chaired by Dr. Gala Argent who organized the Horse session at the first conference. We also plan to devote time (breakout sessions and talks) to issues surrounding teaching the animal. Although topics will depend on the abstracts about teaching we receive, we plan to have a panel discussion about standardized curricula for Animal Studies/Anthrozoology programs, an offshoot of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) conference in Vienna this summer.

There are some new foci as well. Co-organizer Radhika Makecha is organizing sessions around conservation, human-animal conflict, and elephants, and co-organizer Michal Pregowski is organizing sessions around dogs and dog-human interaction, including topics such as training, memorials, and shelter work.

Abstracts of 200 to (approximately) 400 words should be sent to livingwithanimals@eku.edu. The first line of the abstract should be the title of the talk, and the next line(s) should be the authors' names, positions, affiliations, and email addresses. Following this should be a blank line, followed by the text of the abstract. All should be single-spaced. Reference to existing bodies of work might be made.

In addition, provide a one-page CV of your most relevant work and experience.
Individual paper presentation time will be 20 minutes. Panels of up to 3 speakers are welcome. All presentations and panels will be reviewed by the organizers and/or chairs. We are also looking into offering poster presentations. Posters are especially helpful for presenting scientific research. Abstract submission deadline: December 5, 2014


 

January 1, 2015. Emily Dickinson International Society sponsored sessions at the 2015 American Literature Association Annual Conference. The ALA conference will be held in Boston, May 21-24, 2015. The topic for the first panel is 'Dickinson and the Non-Human' and the topic for the second is 'Dickinson's Afterlives'.

Panel 1: 'Dickinson and the Non-Human'
We welcome papers that consider Dickinson as a writer who analyzed and conceptualized the non-human. For example, panelists might choose to discuss her poetry's representation of objects, organic or inorganic; entities, natural or supernatural; artifacts, real or imaginary; or to examine her poems within the framework of 'thing theory' or ecocriticism.

Panel 2: 'Dickinson's Afterlives'
We welcome papers that consider how the notion of an 'afterlife' shapes Dickinson's poetry and/or its reception. For example, panelists might choose to consider the function and representation of posthumous existence within her work, or to focus on the posthumous reception of this poet and her poetry.

Please send a 300-word abstract and a brief CV to Paraic Finnerty (paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk) and Michelle Kohler (mkohler@tulane.edu) by January 1, 2015.


 

January 5, 2015. Climate Change in Culture Conference, University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, May 28-31, 2015. As climate change becomes arguably the most pressing issue of our time, with evolving implications for societies in every cultural context, we seek to enhance our understanding of the ways in which culture and climate intersect with and animate one another.  Cultural responses to and representations of climate are particularly compelling at a time when catastrophic weather events are becoming more commonly manifest and are inspiring a wide array of cultural and interpretive responses.  Paying particular attention to the cultural implications of climate and to cultural, political, and societal responses to climate change, this conference explores how humanities-based scholarship can be brought to bear upon the evolving reality of climate change. Conference events include keynote talks given by internationally renowned climate and culture scholars, traditional academic papers and presentations, and a variety of interdisciplinary and multimedia performances.  We thus invite submissions from scholars from across the humanities, broadly defined, who are dealing with any aspect of climate and climate change in a cultural context.

Possible topics, include, but are not limited to:

  • literary and artistic (visual, filmic, photographic, etc) representations of climate and climate change
  • social and historical understandings of climate, weather, and the role of human agency;
  • climate change and ethics
  • climate change and questions of social justice including the differing questions of climate change posed by identity categories such as gender, race, disability, class, and citizenship
  • understandings of climate and the environment in antiquity and the classical world
  • cross-cultural interpretations of, and responses to climate and climate change
  • the implications of climate change on the production and reception of art, whatever the form
  • the roles of denial, fear, skepticism and rejection vis a vis climate change
  • threats to linguistic and cultural communities posed by climate change
  • teaching climate and climate change in the humanities and social sciences
  • the evolving place of the environmental humanities in curricular development
  • islands and their particular vulnerability to climate change, island-based narratives and representations of climate

The conference is hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island, home of the Atlantic Climate Lab and the Institute of Island Studies.  UPEI is situated in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada.   As the capital and principle city of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown is a vibrant cultural destination, home of the world-renowned Confederation Centre of the Arts Performing Arts Centre and birthplace of Canadian confederation.  Prince Edward Island is known for its breathtaking natural beauty and charm, thus making it an especially apt location for a conference on climate change and its human implications.  

http://www.climatechangeinculture.com/
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to jmcintyre@upei.ca by January 5, 2015.


 

January 10, 2015. Energies and the Arts Conference, Presented by National Institute for Experimental Arts in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 13-15 August 2015.

Energy often serves as a word-when-lost-for-words to describe situations of great intensity, or to describe something that fuses disparate elements or is itself diffused into the environment, or something that subtly comes from nowhere but animates everything. When energies are invoked they most commonly remain vague: being presumed rather than investigated in their historical, cultural, material and technical specificity. In the arts, energies occur throughout, though their analysis and clarification remains limited and under-examined.

Energies and the Arts will bring scholars and artists together to address historical and contemporary activities on the seemingly elusive properties and potentials of energy. The conference will explore how energy is engaged with across the arts including but not limited to: media arts, photography, music, ecological arts, science and the arts, and related areas within literature, poetics, critical theory and philosophy. We invite proposals for 20 minutes papers which will be followed by 10-minutes of discussion. Papers will be selected for a book to be edited by the conveners of the conference.

Submission process: please complete the form at the website. (Also read full CFP there: http://www.niea.unsw.edu.au/news/call-papers-energies-and-arts-conference-13-15-august-2015) Queries about submission and the conference should be directed to energiesinthearts@gmail.com. Deadline for submission: 10 January,  2015


 

January 15, 2014. The American Mosaic: Immigration, Expatriation, Exile
University of Central Florida, March 26-28, 2015.  Note: people interested in ecocritical panels should contact Patrick Murphy: Patrick.murphy@ucf.edu
Oscar Handling in his 1951 book The Uprooted, writing on the great migrations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that forever changed America, penned the following words, “I shall touch upon broken homes, interruptions of a familiar life, separation from known surroundings, becoming a foreigner and ceasing to belong.  .  . the history of immigration is a history of alienation and its consequences.”  Today many countries around the world are experiencing large-scale social and demographic changes that will probably alter their social fiber forever.  These large-scale changes make immigration one of the most important issues in today's world, a world made smaller and almost borderless, by the seamless and instant transfer of information across the world wide web. Our senses are flooded on a twenty-four hour basis with arguments for and against globalization, free trade, news of international banking conglomerates, and of industries whose interests span the globe. However, in this frenzied movement of capital, of buying and selling assets, of mergers, in the rush toward a borderless world, there seems to be one item left behind, the human being.  The message is "We love your cheap labor, but we don't love you. Your bodies, especially the darker ones, need to stay where they are and keep on greasing the wheels of the new and improved borderless world.” (John Brady and Robert Soza. “Introduction” to Immigration and Diaspora. Issue #60, Bad Subjects, April 2002)

This is a twenty-first century view but emigration, exile, expatriation have been part of the human existence and consciousness from the beginning of recorded time.  With this in mind, we at the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida and the Franklin Institute of North American Studies of the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, decided to organize a conference The American Mosaic: Immigration, Expatriation, Exile. This colloquium was born from an ongoing discussion we have been having over many years on the themes of exile and immigrant writing, hyphenation, cultural boundaries, the breaking of such boundaries, and bilingualism: An ongoing conversation that becomes more complex with the passing years. This is a two part conference. The first part was held in Alcalá de Henares at the Franklin Institute, now the second part will be held at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.  We invite you to join us.

Sessions: Each session will be 90 minutes in length. Most sessions will be composed of three 20-minute papers, allowing ample time in the 90-minute slot for comments and questions from the audience.

Submissions: The deadline for submission of proposals is January 15, 2014. Send proposals of no more than 200 words to Prof. Paolo Giordano at paul.giordano@ucf.edu. Papers should be in English and should last no more than 20 minutes. Colleagues are also invited to consider organizing sessions or round table discussions. Each session and round table discussion is scheduled for 60 minutes. Possible topics are, but not limited to:

African-American; cultural studies; ethnicity and national identity; figurative arts; film and television; gender studies and sexuality; historical approaches; popular culture; postcolonial; religion; slavery; theatre; theory; travel writing.


 

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 https://northamericanreview.submittable.com/submit to upload your submission.  Deadline for submissions is January, 16, 2015.

More details about the magazine and the conference can be found at http://northamericanreview.wordpress.com and www.northamericanreview.org.
The entire North American Review archives can be accessed digitally via the JSTOR database (http://www.jstor.org); issues appearing from 1815 to 1899 can be searched or browsed at Cornell University’s Making of America Website (http://ebooks.library.cornell.edu/m/moa); and an index of authors and subjects in the North American Review from 1815 to 1877 is available through Google Books (http://bit.ly/1mGlg5A). A list of notable contributors is available at http://northamericanreview.wordpress.com.

If you have a question or need assistance in locating a source, contact the conference director Jeremy Schraffenberger at schraffj@uni.edu.


 

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:
http://www.bits-goa.ac.in/EcocultralEthics/index.html

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 ecoethicsconference@gmail.com.