Calls for Papers

Currents + Flows: ALECC 2022

ALECC 2022

Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada ________________________________________ Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada

Biennial Conference June 15-19, 2022 University of Saskatchewan At the heart of Saskatoon, on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis.

Currents + Flows Ecologies, Creativities, and Materials

“water has a syntax / a middle voice” – RITA WONG, “PACIFIC FLOW,” UNDERCURRENT

Currents and flows possess material histories and possibilities as they gain expression and traction through figurative language and other signifying forms. River currents. Electrical currents. Air currents with wildfire smoke. Ocean ...

Transformations: Evolving Approaches to Teaching, Poetry, and the Natural World

Call for Papers: Transformations: Evolving Approaches to Teaching, Poetry, and the Natural World A Virtual Conference November 11-13, 2021

The West Chester University Poetry Center is pleased to announce this Call for Papers and Poems for our virtual poetry and pedagogy conference, Transformations: Evolving Approaches to Teaching, Poetry and the Natural World, to be held November 11-13, 2021. During the lockdown, many of us became even more aware of our symbiotic relationship with nature. Being on perpetual stay-cation inspired some to garden. Breaking away from commuting ...

COP26 Green Zone Exhibition, WaterAid, Call for Artists

We are inviting artists to submit proposals for a visually arresting exhibition to be presented in WaterAid’s exhibition space at COP26, responding to the theme of ‘The climate change and water story, as told by youth’. We believe it is essential to engage young people on issues relating to the future of their planet and to use our platforms to further amplify their voices.

You will be required to design a set of workshops that WaterAid will be running with young people in October ...

NEMLA 2022: Poetry and Plant-thinking

Roundtable CFP for NeMLA 2022: Baltimore, MD, March 10-13, 2022

According to Michael Marder, “Plant-thinking” refers to “the non-cognitive, non-ideational, and non-imagistic mode of thinking proper to plants” or “thinking without the head.” Taking seriously the idea that plant thinking enables new perspectives on human encounters with the vegetal condition, this roundtable explores the vegetal poetics that engage with the agency, imaginaries, or futurities of—and the human entanglements with—plant lifeforms. Representative poets and writers in this vein might include Janice Lee, Evelyn Reilly, Adjua ...

Art and Critical Ecologies: Multiscalar Engagements

Art and Critical Ecologies: Multiscalar Engagements November 12-13, 2021; online Organized by Wanwu Practice Group, City University of Hong Kong as part of the Embodying Local Knowledge Symposium organized by Critical Ecologies / Shared Campus and hosted by Taipei National University of the Arts.

We believe this will be East Asia’s first conference on art and ecology. Our hope is that this conference will bring together researchers and practitioners working in the intersections of art, ecology, indigeneity, geopolitics, and STS (science and technology studies) to build a cross-regional ...

Nineteenth-Century Strata

Nineteenth-Century Strata Call for Papers INCS March 24-27, 2022, Salt Lake City, Utah

Held in a region of rich fossil beds, towering crags, plunging canyons, and the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, the 2022 INCS Annual Conference in Salt Lake City will dig deep into questions about stratification – physical and social, spatial and temporal, visual and textual. We invite papers that consider the myriad varieties of literal and figurative layering that played out across the nineteenth century. This conference will foreground how exploratory and creative acts of digging ...

NEMLA 2022 CFP: Uses and Misuses of Care in a Critical Posthumanist Framework

Panel CFP for NeMLA 2022: Baltimore, MD, March 10-13, 2022

Critical posthumanism is situated at the intersection of posthuman studies, ecocriticism, technology studies, and ethics, where human exceptionalism is rejected in favor of an ontologically diverse approach to human existence. Here, the normative anthropocentric view of the world is replaced with a more immanent and equitable paradigm where human subjects are asked to reconsider their relationship with others, especially non-human others who share their environment, in a relational way. This approach demands that the ...

Making Kin in Early Modern France: Interspecies Ecologies of Care (NeMLA 2022, Baltimore)

53rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (March 10-13, 2022, Baltimore, MD) Panel: Making Kin in Early Modern France: Interspecies Ecologies of Care

This panel seeks to consider how the works of French writers and thinkers of the early modern period and the eighteenth century envision entanglements and interconnections between humans and their nonhuman “kin,” whether animal, vegetable, or other forms of life. The feminist science studies scholar Donna Haraway defines “kin” not as a solely biological concept but as a method of redefining ...

Visual Cultures of Radical Extraction in the Long 19th century

Call for Papers: This panel will happen in person at the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association annual conference in Rochester New York in March 2022. We seek 15-20 minute papers that discuss worldwide visual culture of the long 19th century and that engage with conceptions of “nature” as extractable “resources.”

Topics might include:

– Resources aquatic, biotic, terrestrial and finite

–Mining, other energy extraction, deforestation or other radical removals

–Potential energy (waterfalls, wind)

–Extracting indigenous and local knowledges; bio-prospecting

–Animal products: guano, fur, oil, etc.

–Plant ways and uprooting

–Sourcing art materials

–Commodification of “exotics”

–Cultural ...

Re-Thinking Agency: Non-Anthropocentric Approaches

Re-Thinking Agency: Non-Anthropocentric Approaches 3–5 February 2022 (Deadline for abstract submission: 15 November 2021) University of Warsaw and via Zoom worldwide

Keynote lecture: Karen Barad (University of California, Santa Cruz)

A common-sensical definition of agency is “the ability to act in a given environment”. This definition, however, requires clarification of what “acting”, “ability”, and even “environment” are. Consequently, the definition suggests a set of questions that should be probed further. For a long time, acting and agency were seen as components of a metaphysically and religiously founded patriarchal order and ...

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