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: September 5, 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 (laurenlafauci@icloud.com) an abstract of the work you would present (ca. 100 words) and a brief scholarly biography or abbreviated c.v. by September 5.

Note: This roundtable will be proposed as the official panel of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) at SEA-OIEAHC. 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 the SEA-OIEAHC conference, please see http://oieahc.wm.edu/conferences/annual/cfp/index.cfm.


 

September 8, 2014. Nature, Ecology, and America's Founding Fathers, panel proposed for the SEA/OIEAHC Joint Conference (Chicago, IL; June 18-21, 2015). From Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack and Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia to George Washington's Mount Vernon compost boxes and John Adams's Peacefield orchards, America's Founding Fathers interacted with the natural world not only as statesmen but also as surveyors, scientists, naturalists, gardeners, and farmers. This panel seeks papers that consider such interactions from both environmental and ecological perspectives. What were the individual and collective attitudes toward the natural world of America's Founding Fathers?  In what ways do they resonate with contemporary environmental discourse and/or ecocritical practice? What perspectives do such readings contribute to broader interrogations of the entanglement between nature and everyday life in early America?

Papers that focus on a particular Founding Father as well as those that offer comparative studies are equally welcome - and papers that address the panel topic in hemispheric, transatlantic, and/or global contexts are particularly encouraged. Please send a one-page proposal and a one-page CV to Joshua Bartlett (jbartlett@albany.edu) by September 8, 2014.


 

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: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15511. Contact Jill Gatlin (jill.gatlin at necmusic.edu) with any other inquiries.


 

September 30, 2014. Urban Ecology, Art & The Elements, roundtable at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 46th Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, April 30-May 3, 2015. How does the encounter between literature/art and the elements contribute to the sculpting of contemporary landscapes? How do art and literature influence urban ecology (and vice-versa)? How do they inform the planning of our continually transforming environment? This roundtable welcomes paper proposals having to do with the interrelationships between literature, fine art, sound, or performance and urban ecology, with particular attention to the elements (earth, air, fire, water). Artists are particularly invited to contribute. Contributors' work may be considered for a book to appear in the “Ecocritical Theory and Practice” series, published by Lexington Books. Please submit 250-word abstracts online at: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html. Organizer: Jodie Barker, jodiebarker@unr.edu, University of Nevada-Reno.


 

September 30, 2014. Seminar: Environmental Futurity at NEMLA: Northeast Modern Language Association 2015 annual convention (https://nemla.org/index.html), Ryerson University, Toronto, 30 April to 3 May 2015.

What are the histories of environmental discourses of futurity? Who belongs in their worlds? This seminar will interrogate hegemonic modes of environmental futurity and consider alternative or resistant modes in literature and culture. Futurity will be examined in relation to the temporalities and geopolitics of material processes like climate change, and to the temporal structures, narrative modes, and authorizing practices of specific imagined environmental futures, such as buen vivir, the Anthropocene, sustainability, and resilience.

Chairs: Cheryl Lousley (clousley@lakeheadu.ca), Susie O’Brien (obriensu@mcmaster.ca)

Area: Interdisciplinary Humanities
Seminar format: the 5-10 participants will complete and circulate their papers (length determined by chairs) prior to the convention. Instead of reading papers, participants give a brief presentation of their work, with the session focused on structured exchange between the participants. Respondents may be invited by the chairs.

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2014. Submission is by way of the NEMLA website. Select the Interdisciplinary Humanities section to find the seminar: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15344


 

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 www.nemla.org and follow the instructions there to create a user account, and submit an abstract directly to this session.  Panel organizer: Troy Boone, boone@pitt.edu.

 

 

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 www.nemla.org. Follow the instructions there to create a user account, and submit abstracts directly to the session.* The session link is https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15156. 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. "Romantic and Victorian Echoes: A Transatlantic Exchange," proposed panel at the 2015 NeMLA Convention, Toronto, Ontario
April 30-May 3, 2015.

This panel applies a transnational approach, which is interested in links between British Romantic and Victorian authors with American writers such as (but not limited to) William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Walt Whitman, Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Wordsworth and Henry David Thoreau, etc. Papers will focus on how British writers influenced the form, content, and sensibility of American writers.

Submit abstracts by September 30 to: https://nemla.org/convention/2015/cfp.html#cfp15355 (create a user account). Chair: Dewey W. Hall, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (dwhall@csupomona.edu)


 

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 imaginairedunord@uqam.ca, 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. 


 

October 1, 2014. ESEH 2015 Biennial Conference, The University of Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Versailles, France, June30-July 3, 2015. The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is pleased to invite proposals for sessions, individual papers, roundtables, posters and other, more experimental forms of communicating scholarship for its 2015 biennial conference. The University of Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines will be hosting the conference in Versailles, France, from 30 June to 3 July 2015.

Environmental history has the ambition of changing not only the way we interact with the natural world, but also the ways we are writing and practicing history. In this conference we aim to create conversations about the results of environmental history research and about the process and methods of that research. Through an emphasis on disciplines, methods, and questions, we hope to encourage dialogue with all types of history, other humanities and social sciences, and the natural sciences. Where are we coming from as disciplinary specialists, and how are we organizing the relationships between society and environment? How, as environmental historians, are we changing the way history is written and historical objects interpreted? What is the future of environmental history and the humanities at a time when we are confronted with environmental and climate challenges that could push to reframe the divide between natural sciences and the humanities and social sciences?

Deadline for submissions: Proposals are due no later than October 1, 2014 Please submit your proposal through the forms available on this website.
All questions about proposals should be sent to conference [at] eseh.org

The conference language is English. Submissions and presentations in other languages cannot be accepted.
Contact: Ellen Arnold, conference@eseh.org
Visit the website at http://eseh.org/event/upcoming-conference/call-for-proposals/


 

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 hagean03@luther.edu and Bridgitte Barclay at bbarclay@aurora.edu by October 31, 2014.


 

November 23, 2014. Geoengineering Undergrounds, panel proposed for the ASLE Eleventh Biennial Conference, June 23-27, 2015, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.  Geoengineering, or the direct manipulation of Earth’s climate to offset the harmful effects of anthropogenic global warming, is mainly thought of as an atmospheric proposition.  However, most current proposals feature either capturing carbon and storing it underground, or releasing underground molecules (like sulfur) into the atmosphere.  Geoengineering actually hinges on exchanges between the atmosphere and the deep underground.  We are seeking papers that explore literal or figurative undergrounds of geoengineering.  Some questions papers might consider are: What types of narratives or genres do geoengineering advocates draw on to make their arguments?  How has the release of underground compounds that affect climate on a planetary scale been narrated in the past (famous or fictional volcanic eruptions? boundary-crossing nuclear accidents, tests, or attacks?)  Alternatively, how are artificial landscapes dealt with in science fiction?  Do they give us insight on what it might mean to have artificial forests capturing and storing carbon? How do science fiction narratives of terraforming affect our understanding of change on a planetary scale? What other types of narratives do we have that deal with altering weather, climate, or patterns on a planetary scale, and what sort of insight to they give us on what and how geoengineering might mean? Please send 300 word abstracts for 15 minute papers to Elizabeth Callaway (ecallaway@umail.ucsb.edu) by November 23, 2014.


 

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, 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.