Calls for Papers

NeMLA: Energy, Byproducts, and Space in Literature and Other Arts (ASLE Session)

49th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 12-15, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA

Energy, Byproducts, and Space in Literature and Other Arts

Session Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

In an 1868 Atlantic Monthly essay, James Parton declared Pittsburgh, with its clouds of coal smoke, “a spectacle as striking as Niagara . . . hell with the lid taken off.” Though Pittsburgh’s air is now clearer, the city still generates 60% of its energy from coal. Meanwhile, in April 2017, Britain—where many ...

A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene (ASLE-sponsored virtual symposium)

A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene

A Nearly Carbon Neutral Virtual Symposium Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and the University of California, Santa Barbara June 14-30, 2018

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A troubling paradox lies at the heart of ecomedia studies: those of us who study and teach about the intersection of ecological issues and non-print media also recognize that the production, consumption, and circulation of media texts take a massive toll on the Earth’s environment, an issue well documented by media scholars. ...

Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference

South By and By: Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference

Austin, Texas 15-18 February 2018

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature will mark its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a biennial conference, “South By and By,” at the University of Texas at Austin. With its proximity to a number of borders—including the U.S-Mexico border and the border between South and Southwest—Austin is an ideal location for a conference dedicated to rethinking the shape of southern literary studies in the twenty-first century. In ...

Modernism and the Extra-Human: 46th Louisville Conference Panel Proposal

The 46th annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 – to be held at the University of Louisville, February 22-24, 2018 – is now receiving submissions!

Christy Heflin and I will be proposing a panel on the topic of “Modernism and the extra-human” and are looking for two speakers to join us. Our hope is that the papers grouped together under this panel will explore and critically engage with some of the ways in which modern artistic practices and theoretical perspectives ...

Working-Class Environmentalism

Postgraduate Workshop 2017 Call for Applications

“Working-class Environmentalism: Reframing the Interface between Society and Nature”

9-10th November 2017, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Venice, Italy

The 5th Annual Workshop of the Postgraduate Forum Environment, Literature, Culture will take place next autumn in Venice and focus on working-class environmentalism considered as the main interface between society and nature.

The workshop will open with a keynote speech by Prof. Stefania Barca (Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra). Her respondent will be Prof. Serenella Iovino (Università degli Studi di Torino). ...

The Subject of Nature in the Ecopoetry of the African Diaspora

The Subject of Nature in the Ecopoetry of the African Diaspora

AISNA (Associazione Italiana di Studi Nord Americani; Italian Association for North American Studies) conference in Milan, 28-30 Sept 2017. Papers are given in English; paper need not be about North American literatures.

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In conversation with fellow poet Tracy K. Smith in 2015, Gregory Pardlo echoed WEB Du Bois’s famous phrase about the problem of the 20th century, the problem of the color line: “the problem of the 21st century will be figuring out how ...

Workshop at SMART Animals: “Animal Minds Between Narrative and Cognition”

“Animal Minds Between Narrative and Cognition”

Workshop at the international conference “SMART Animals” University of Amsterdam (December 6-8, 2017) Date of the workshop: December 6

Submission deadline July 15, 2017

Psychologists working in the wake of Jerome Bruner (1991) have argued that narrative is a key tool for constructing human selves and identities. This workshop confronts the challenges involved in engaging with nonhuman animals’ selves in narrative form. Through what stylistic and formal strategies can narrative encapsulate the lived experience of animal bodies and minds? What are the ...

Ecoporn and The Culture Industry: SAMLA Panel Proposal

Following the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s 89th Conference’s theme of “High Art/ Low Art: Borders and Boundaries in Popular Culture,” abstracts are invited for the Ecocriticism Panel, titled “Ecoporn and The Culture Industry.”

When discourse surrounding ecological integrity moves away from sustainability toward trendy green movements, our ecosystems become increasingly vulnerable to consumer-driven fantasies of what nature “ought to be.” From landscape painting to Earth Porn social media outlets, artists tend to romanticize, mystify, and Other nature. In recent years, environmental awareness initiatives ...

NeMLA Roundtable: Ecocriticism in the 21st Century

Conference Call for Panel Proposals: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Pittsburgh, PA, April 12-15, 2018.

The proposal H.R. 861, a bill recently introduced to terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, prompts us to address the directions of ecocritical discourse in order to attend to the current material-specific, aesthetic, and rhetorical renderings of changing landscapes on a warming planet. What kind of citizenry is possible in environments overflowing with toxic waste? How do fossil fuels shape the imaginaries of urban and rural ecologies? What ...

Seminar at ASAP: “Our Everyday Planet, or The Banality of Environmental Evil”

ASAP/9 Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present conference, Berkeley, CA, October 26-28, 2017.

Seminar: “Our Everyday Planet, or The Banality of Environmental Evil”

Eco-criticism has in the last ten years been grappling with problems of massive scale. Concepts like the “hyperobject” refer to spans of space and time that encompass entire systems of interconnectivity, while the quantity of data to be analyzed threatens to engulf environmentalists in an “infowhelm.” Such sublime grandeur helps to conceptualize the magnitude of the problems with ...

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