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 30, 2013. tiNai Ecofilm Festival 2014 (TEFF 2014). Festival Dates: 31 January and 01 February 2014, Deadline for both submission of films for competition and Screening and registration: 30 November 2013. For the past eight years, tiNai has been involved in promoting ecocriticism in India at the lower and higher academic levels. Owing to the increasing interest in ecomedia, especially cinema, an offshoot of tiNai, Ecomedia Team, was formed in 2008. Since then, the Team has been involving in ethnographic documentation and documentary-making.
tiNai, jointly with Birla Institute of Technology and Science-Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus (BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus), and in collaboration with Kuala Lumpur Ecofilm Festival (KLEFF), Malaysia, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, LILA Foundation for Translocal Activities, New Delhi and Bangalore Film Society (BFS), Bangalore, is organising tiNai Ecofilm Festival 2014 (TEFF 2014) on 31 January and 01 February 2014 in BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus.
The festival comprises of three events:
1. Screening of ecofilms
2. International Ecodocumentary competition for two categories: 1. Short docu (10 to 30 minutes) and 2. Feature docu (30 minutes and above)
3. A Virtual and Physical Ecocriticism Hub (appointments will be sought with ecocritics across the world and participants of the festival could speak to them virtually; there will be opportunities to meet ecocritics in the festival as well)
We would like to invite you to the event to participate by registering for the event or entering your film for the competition or screening. It does not matter if you are not a professional ecofilmmaker.
For more details, check:
Our website: http://teff.in/
Our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teff2014
Our Blog: http://blog.teff.in/
Our google Plus Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c1pdren2td3cgtsqsmn4928vc40?authkey=CITgrZrZjdOguwE
Our Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/TEFF2014
December 1, 2013. Land and the Novel: Society for Novel Studies Conference at the University of Utah, April 4-6, 2014. Organizers: Vincent Pecora, Scott Black, Jeremy Rosen.
The history of the novel is in some ways a history of how populations left the land, and their political-theological connection to it, behind—or at least tried to. The novel never really left its chthonic roots behind, however. Like the ancient Greek tragedies, novels from Defoe and Scott on continually recalled those putatively archaic ties to land—both the soil itself and sovereign territory—even as they became the surest signs of an urban and urbane modernity. Instead, it is the critical tradition that seems to have overlooked these traces in the dust, with the consequence that the novel has become increasingly portrayed as the purely secular instrument of efficient nation-state governmentality. The fact that governmentality and the chthonic consciousness actually came to reinforce one another in a Nazi sympathizer such as Knut Hamsun no longer gets any attention at all. This conference is designed to promote a re-thinking of the novel in its relation to the land (again, both as soil and territory). It aims at something like a reconstruction of the entire nexus of land and the novel from the ground up, including broader considerations of political theology and conflict, the cosmopolitan and indigenous. The panel topics are intentionally diverse, ranging from specific historical-geographical moments (that is, using a somewhat different figuration of Bakhtin’s chronotope) to broader considerations of the lands in and of the novel.
1. Land, Territory, Nation, Empire
2. Genres of Land: Saga, Pastoral, Georgic and the Novel
3. Land, Law, and Property
4. Working the Land
5. Blood and Soil/Race and Land/Autochthony and Strangers
6. Country and City, Redux
7. Manifest Destinies
8. Promised Lands, Sacred Lands, and Political Theology
9. Homelands, Real and Imaginary
10. Here Be Dragons: Off the Map (and Off the Planet)
11. Land versus Place
12. Ecological Disaster and Post-Apocalyptic Territory
13. Macondo and Other “Lands”
14. Transnational Novels
15. The Novel Beyond the Nation
16. Territory and the Extra-territorial
17. Geology, Geological Time, and the Novel
18. FantasyLand, Virtuality, and Speculative Geography
19. Borderlands and Disputed Lands
20. Marco? Polo! Travel, Wandering, Peripeteia and the Novel
21. Sexing the Land
23. The New Indigeneity in the Americas
24. Deep Ecology
Proposals for papers to be delivered at the conference should include the following information:
1. Panel for which proposal is designed.
2. Brief description of no more than 250 words.
3. Final papers should be no longer than 2500 words.
Proposals should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 1, 2013. You will be notified as to whether or not your paper is accepted by December 20, 2013. Information on how to join the SNS and register for the conference available at novel.trinity.duke.edu
December 6, 2013. Anthropocene Feminism, Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 10-12, 2014. C21'€™s conference Anthropocene Feminism will consider the ways in which feminism has long been concerned with the anthropocene, and what current interest in the anthropocene might mean for feminism, in its evolving histories, theories, and practices. The conference seeks to highlight both why we need an anthropocene feminism and why thinking the anthropocene must come from feminism.
We begin with two sets of questions. First, how has feminism anticipated the concept of the anthropocene, and what might it yet have to offer: how can feminism help us to historicize, challenge or refine the concept of the anthropocene? what does feminism have to say to the claim that humans now act as a geological force in ways that are independent of or indifferent to social, cultural, or political will or intent? And equally important, is there (or should there be) an anthropocene feminism: does feminism require a new formulation specific to the age of the anthropocene? how should feminism in an anthropogenic age take up an altered relation to the nonhuman world?
We seek proposals for critical, historical, and theoretical papers or creative presentations that address the questions posed by the concept of anthropocene feminism. Topics we imagine proposals pursuing include but are not limited to:
· feminist genealogies or epistemologies of the anthropocene
· queer nature, queer ecologies, queer anthropocene
· ecosexualities or ecofeminism and feminism and dark ecologies
· environmental racism and transnational feminist approaches
· the anthropocene and the commons
· new materialism
‚· quantum entanglements and agential realism
· feminist science/environmental ethics and aesthetics and science studies in the anthropocene
· anthropocene feminism after capitalism
· cyborg futures, geo-engineering, speculative ecologies and feminism after the non-human turn
‚· anthropocene utopianism/dystopianism and their antecedents
Please send your abstract (up to 250 words) and a brief (1-page) CV by Friday, December 6 to Richard Grusin, Director, Center for 21st Century Studies, email@example.com.
Conference website: http://c21uwm.com/anthropocene
December 9, 2013. Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature presents AN INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE: A matter of lifedeath, October 1-4, 2014, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Andrea Carlino, Françoise Dastur, David Palumbo-Liu, H. Peter Steeves, Elisabeth Weber
With immense pleasure and great anticipation, Mosaic invites writers from across the disciplines (architecture, film, history, medicine, biology, literature, philosophy, religion, sociology, etc.), to engage questions of life and death in ways that avoid reductive gestures and that exceed oppositions between animate and inanimate, human and animal, presence and absence, the humanities and the sciences, the living and the dead. We welcome provocative proposals for presentations that open to further research and discussion on themes that may include, but are not limited to, the following: finitude, heredity, inheritance, evolution, cyborgism, morphology, immunology, ontology, global warming, biodiversity, artificial life, memory, mourning, spectrality, mutation, transplantation, reproduction, repetition, machine, mechanicity, animality, the unconscious, Thanatos, genetics, code-script, message, biotechnology, bioethics, biopolitics, responsibility, affirmation, promise.
Proposals should include: a title and an abstract of 450-500 words, and on a separate page, the author’s name, brief C.V., institutional affiliation, complete contact information, and email address.
Graduate students presenting a paper at the conference may be eligible for a travel grant. Those intending to apply for a travel grant should enclose a covering letter with their abstract detailing anticipated travel costs for the conference.
Deadline for submission of proposals: December 9, 2013. For information, see the Mosaic website at: www.umanitoba.ca/mosaic. A conference website will be available (and linked to the Mosaic website) by summer 2013.
Electronic submissions preferred (Rich Text Format). Please direct enquiries and proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, by regular mail, please send to:
A matter of lifedeath conference
c/o Dr. Dawne McCance, Editor
Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
208 Tier Building, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada
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December 15, 2013. Doing It Themselves: Radical Homemaking in the 21st Century, panel proposed for the American Studies Association 2014 Conference. Conference theme: “The Fun and the Fury: New Dialectics of Pleasure and Pain In the Post-American Century.” Contact: Jill Anderson, email@example.com.
Until now writers and bloggers have argued that radical homemakers (sometimes called “femivores”), people who have turned toward a more self-sufficient, DIY-centered approach to domesticity, allows practitioners to live “lives that honor ecological sustainability, social justice, family, and community,” as Shannon Hayes points out. With the publication of Emily Matchar’s Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity in 2013, along with Hayes’s Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, and Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen’s Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, both in 2010, radical homemaking has both theoretical and practical approaches. This panel seeks to explore the various and divergent aspects of radical homemaking, its intersections with class, gender, sexuality, race, as well as with the conference’s themes of investigating the “various flows of feeling good, furiously good.”
Some things to consider: How truly “radical” is this movement? What kind of dialectic is formed between the back-to-land movements of the 1960s (Helen and Scott Nearing’s The Good Life) and the lesbian separatist movements of the 70s? Or with feminist movements? How is 21st-century radical homemaking in dialogue with the environmental movement? Or urban homesteading? What role does new and/or social media have in radical homemaking communities? How do men and notions of masculinity fit into femivorism? What role does capital and class privilege play in homemaking in the 21st century? How is radical homemaking racialized? How does radical homemaking reinforce and/or challenge notions of “traditional” families and alternative communities?
Please email a brief bio and an abstract of no more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2013.
December 19, 2013. Reading Animals: An International English Studies Conference. School of English, University of Sheffield, UK, 17–20 July, 2014.
Keynote Speakers: Erica Fudge, Tom Tyler, Cary Wolfe, others TBC.
Reporting in the journal PMLA on the emergence and consolidation of animal studies, Cary Wolfe drew attention to the role of the Millennial Animals conference, held in the School of English at the University of Sheffield in 2000, as a formative event in this interdisciplinary field. Seeking now to focus the diverse critical practice in animal studies, a second conference at Sheffield seeks to uncover the extent to which the discipline of English Studies now can and should be reimagined as the practice of reading animals.
This conference seeks to reflect and to extend the full range of critical methodologies, forms, canons and geographies current in English Studies; contributions are also most welcome from interested scholars in cognate disciplines. Reading Animals will be programmed to encourage comparative reflection on representations of animals and interspecies encounters in terms of both literary-historical period and overarching interpretive themes. As such, seven keynote presentations are planned; each will focus on how reading animals is crucial in the interpretation of the textual culture of a key period from the middle ages to the present. The conference will also feature a plenary panel of key scholars who will reflect on the importance when reading animals of thinking across periods and in thematic, conceptual and formal terms.
Papers should focus on the interpretation of textual animals at any date from the Middle Ages to the present. We seek submissions that read animals in relation to period or in terms of the following indicative list of themes:
Genre/Media/Form/Mode: animals in genre (adventure; tragedy; classic realism; satire; comedy; epic; lyric; elegy; nature writing; non-fiction, criticism and polemic; detective/mystery; gothic; sf; children’s literature; graphic novel); animal genres (bestiary; fictionalised [auto-]biography; fairy tale; fable; allegory; didactic story; pet memoir)
Arts, Aesthetics, Philosophies: reading animals in theatre and performance, music, visual culture, film, dance, theory
Ethics, Politics, Society: intersections of species—race—ethnicity—disability—sex—gender—sexuality— class—
History: animals as subjects and objects of historical interpretation; animal materialisms; post-anthropocentric literary and cultural history
Science and Technology: bio-engineering; technologies of animal use; narratives of meat/vivisection; ethology; biosemiotics and zoosemiotics
Environments and Geographies: empire and colonialism; politics and poetics of space; globalisation; zoo-heterotopias; extinctions; comparative animal literatures
Abstracts for 20 minute papers (300 words) or pre-formed 3-paper panels (1000 words) are welcome by 19 December, 2013 from researchers at any stage of their career, including early career scholars and postgraduates. Please send by email to email@example.com.
December 31, 2013. "Greenways: The Interconnected Pathways of Communication and the Environment," A NEXUS Interdisciplinary Conference.
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Thursday, March 6- Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Plenary Speakers: Sandra Alcosser (San Diego State University), Mark Pedelty (University of Minnesota), and Jennifer Peeples (Utah State University)
Following the natural contours of the landscape, greenways are man-made paths that work to link human communities to the surrounding environment. In the same way, this conference seeks to promote connectivity between various disciplines and their approaches to the environment. Recent conversations about environmental issues illustrate society's rising concerns for the future of humanity and the planet. Communication about such issues takes many forms: public debates, government policies, scientific research, film and media, poetry and prose, and classroom education. Such a wide range of communicative mediums demonstrates the truly interdisciplinary nature of research seeking to generate social and environmental change. Moreover, if we expand our conceptualization of the environment then we can begin to talk more fluidly across disciplines to understand how multiple environments impact communication practices.
This conference aims to bring together scholars, creative writers, and educators from a broad range of disciplines in order to provide a space to share the myriad ways that humans communicate about an endangered environment and recommend avenues for future research. This conference also seeks to expand the ways in which scholars link discussions about communication and the environment such that the natural world becomes one environment among many which shapes our ideas about communication.
As an interdisciplinary conference, we welcome submissions from all relevant fields and disciplines. Abstracts (250-300 words) are invited on a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
* Environment and narrative
* "Natural" and "unnatural" narratives
* Animal studies
* Role of the environment in identity formation
* Influence of cultural environments on communicative practices
* Dissemination of environmental narratives
* Ecodiscourses, such as ecocriticism, ecofeminism, ecotourism ecomusicology, ecocomposition
* Regional narratives and the environment
* Race and the environment
* Environmental law
* Food justice and food sustainability
* Contemporary environmental issues, to include but not limited to climate change, hydraulic fracturing, mountaintop removal, Keystone XL
* Creative submissions of all genres and media will also be considered
Individual papers or panel proposals will be considered. This interdisciplinary conference allows for many more spaces for discussion than described. Please consider submitting proposals which many not fit neatly into the ones listed above. Please submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2013.
January 1, 2014. “The New Nature Writing and the New Ecocriticism”: Session Sponsored by ASLE at the American Literature Association 25th Annual Conference, May 22-25, 2014, Washington, D.C.
In the title piece of his 2004 collection Sick of Nature, David Gessner complained about the “gentle straightjacket of genre” in traditional nature writing. Gessner complains that nature writing is “a little like going to Sunday school,” where “the air reeks with earnestness” and there’s “not a lot of merriment” and “no one tells bawdy jokes.” Others have complained about traditional nature writing’s emphasis on what Jason Cowley has called “the lyrical pastoral tradition of the romantic wanderer.” Love it or hate it, nature writing seems to be undergoing a sea-change these days (probably a land and atmospheric change as well). We seek proposals for an ASLE-Sponsored Session presenting ecocritical perspectives on developments in ecocriticism and in the American nature writing tradition (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama) since 2000. Papers might deal with (but are not limited to) topics such as these:
* What are the important works of nature writing of the last decade or so, and what is so significant and distinctive about them?
* What are the characteristics of the “new nature writing”? Is it really something new? If so, what’s different about it, and what accounts for that difference? What elements of traditional nature writing have been retained, and what elements have been dispensed with? What are the different stylistic or thematic emphases? Possible areas of inquiry might involve new conceptions of language, style, tone, and subject matter. (More humor? More irony? More of a focus on everyday nature and a turn away from concerns with wilderness? More urban and suburban? More tied in with social concerns and environmental justice? More aware of policy implications? More practical, less spiritual?)
*What is it about our time and place that the new nature writing speaks to in a way that the old nature writing could not or did not?
* Various critics have identified current ecocriticism as part of a second, third, or even fourth wave of ecocriticism. So the question is, where are we now? How have our methods, emphases, or subjects of inquiry changed? Where have we been, and where are we going?
Please send queries or one-page abstracts (for an 18-minute presentation) by January 1, 2014, to Ian Marshall at email@example.com. Remember that proposals must deal in some way with American literature viewed from an ecocritical perspective. Depending on the number and quality of submissions, we may be able to have two panels.
January 10, 2014. Under Western Skies 2014: Intersections of Environments, Technologies, and Communities. September 9-13, 2014, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB CANADA, in the LEED Gold-certified Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning. http://skies.mtroyal.ca/
Under Western Skies is a biennial, interdisciplinary conference on the environment. The third conference welcomes academics from across the disciplines as well as members of artistic and activist communities, non- and for-profit organizations, government, labour, and NGOs to address collectively the environmental challenges faced by human and nonhuman actors.
Keynote speakers for the 2014 conference include:
Idle No More: Sheelah McLean, Sylvia McAdam, Alex Wilson, and Erica Lee (http://www.idlenomore.ca/)
Tim Ingold (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/staff/details.php?id=tim.ingold)
Adrian Ivakhiv (http://www.uvm.edu/~aivakhiv/)
Bruno Latour (http://bruno-latour.fr/)
Patty Limerick (http://centerwest.org/about/patty/)
Bron Taylor (http://www.brontaylor.com/)
This is a call for contributions from all environmental fields of inquiry and endeavor, including the humanities, natural and social sciences, public policy, business, and law. Artistic, creative, and non-academic proposals are also welcome.
A selection of papers will go forward for an edited book publication following UWS 2014. The collection of edited papers stemming from UWS 2010 is forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press as a part of its Environmental Humanities Series.
UWS 2014 conference proposals/abstracts should run no more than 250 words in length and be attached to an email as a .doc or .docx file. Proposals for papers, readings, panels, screenings, displays, and workshops are welcome. Direct all proposals, together with brief bio and contact information, to Liam Haggarty: firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 7, 2014. Ecologies: Relations of Culture, Matter, and Power: Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (US). University of Utah, Salt Lake City, May 29-31, 2014. Everyone cares about the environment these days, but what does it mean to speak of ecology? Network and systems theories suggest complex approaches to questions of culture and ecology. Assemblage theories explode stable conceptions of locality, sociality, and the human. We speak of programming environments, learning environments, media ecologies, organizational ecologies, digital ecologies, ecologies of resistance, ecologies of play, flows of information, nodal points of power, and open-source ecologies of collaboration and collective action. We mobilize ecological discourse as a means of understanding and challenging the material formations of power that discipline raced, gendered, sexed, and classed bodies. These discourses and processes create an ecology of meaning that informs how we talk about and understand our environments.
The theme of the 2014 Cultural Studies Association meeting, "Ecologies: Relations of Culture, Matter, and Power," prompts inquiries into how environmental factors and ecological discourses shape conceptions of culture, matter, and power, and how these factors and discourses are shaped by forces of history and globalization. The theme also invites us to re-imagine the gathering as an ecology in its own right: an assemblage of cultural critics and producers. This year's conference aims to provide spaces for the cross-pollination of art, activism, pedagogy, design, and research by bringing together participants from a variety of positions inside and outside the university. While formal academic papers will be accepted, we encourage contributors to experiment with alternative formats that challenge traditional disciplinary formations or exclusionary conceptions of the academic. Proposals from all areas and on all topics of relevance to cultural studies are welcome, but preference will be given to proposals that critically and creatively engage this year's theme. Please note that all session organizers must be CSA members for the 2014 calendar year at the time of submission.
All proposals should be submitted through the CSA online system, available at CulturalStudiesAssociation.org. Submission of proposals is limited to current CSA members. See the benefits of membership and become a member at CulturalStudiesAssociation.org.
Submissions accepted starting November 27, 2013. Please prepare all the materials required to propose your session according to the given directions before you begin electronic submission. Notification of acceptance will be given in February of 2014. For full CFP see http://www.culturalstudiesassociation.org/conference.
March 31, 2014. SHARP EYES VIII: THE PRACTICE OF NATURAL HISTORY IN SCIENCE, LITERATURE, AND ART. June 2-5, 2014, State University of New York College at Oneonta.
This conference will be the eighth in the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar series. The theme of this year’s conference centers on the broad confluence of interests that underlie the genre of nature writing from its origins to the present day. For the 2014 conference we invite proposals that address this issue as well as papers that deal with permutations of “nature writing” that go beyond the natural history essay, including green (and blue) works in the genres of film, fiction, and poetry. As always, papers on any aspect of John Burroughs’s life and work are also encouraged. Papers are delivered to plenary sessions of students, faculty, and visiting scholars. Conference field trips will include a visit to John Burroughs’s Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, New York, which is within walking distance of his burial site. Graduate or undergraduate credit is available through SUNY College at Oneonta.
Send abstracts or proposals by March 31, 2014, to
Daniel G. Payne, Department of English
SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820
E-mail submissions should be sent as an MS Word attachment to Daniel.Payne@oneonta.edu