Aging Studies and Ecocriticism: Growing Old amid Climate Change

Deadline: May 15, 2021
Contact: Nassim W. Balestrini, University of Graz, Austria
Email: [email protected]

Call for Papers for an Edited Collection:
Aging Studies and Ecocriticism: Growing Old amid Climate Change

Eds.: Nassim W. Balestrini, Julia Hoydis, Anna-Christina Kainradl, Ulla Kriebernegg

In recent decades, the humanities have witnessed the development of two interdisciplinary fields that tackle challenges for present and future generations: by exploring cultural representations of crisis and change, Aging Studies and Ecocriticism address the complex dynamics of individual and collective agency, oppression and dependency, care and conviviality, vulnerability and resistance as well as intergenerationality and responsibility. Their emancipatory research agendas challenge hegemonic discourses from the areas of science and medicine. Yet, even though both fields employ overlapping methodologies and theoretical frameworks (e.g., Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, or Posthumanism) and scrutinize ‘boundary texts’ in different literary genres (novels such as P. D. James’s The Children of Men [1992] and Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy [2007-2014], or Lucy Kirkwood’s play The Children [2016]) which have been analyzed from ecocritical perspectives as well as from the vantage point of critical Aging Studies, there has been little scholarly interaction between Ecocritical literary studies and Aging Studies to date. With this collection, we aim at facilitating a conversation between Aging Studies and Ecocriticism. We seek papers that will open new interdisciplinary research perspectives.

The entire call for papers is available at:

Please send a 250-word abstract and a 150-word bio note before May 15, 2021 to [email protected].
Notifications will be sent out by June 15, 2021.
Full chapters (6,000–8,000 words) will be due on December 1, 2021.

Posted on January 31, 2021