Calls for Papers

Climate Change, Human Rights and Literature

Concept Note Climate change stands out as the greatest threat to human survival on planet earth today, and it poses serious risks to the fundamental rights to life, sustenance, shelter, sanitation, health and an adequate standard of living of people across the world. Although climate change is a global problem, challenges of environmental change and climate hazards are disproportionately experienced, and some people are in more vulnerable conditions than others in terms of their exposure to the vagaries of weather. Bill McKibben’s “Iron Law ...

Territorial Bodies: World Culture in Crisis

With keynote addresses by: Prof. Kathryn Yusoff and Dr. Lauren Wilcox

In his discussion of the socio-ecological crisis of capitalism, Jason Moore dismisses the theoretical tendency to describe ‘twin’ social and environmental crises, arguing that ‘these are in fact a singular process of transformation that today we call a crisis’ (2011: 136). In order to interrogate the singular socio-ecological crisis further, this conference proposes ‘territorial bodies’ as a critical framework for readings of contemporary world culture, synthesising interdisciplinary approaches to embodiment and violence studies. ...

[email protected]: Environments, Materials, and Futures of the Eighteenth Century

The Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA) announce an open call for session proposals for our quinquennial conference, to be held in Boston from October 12–15, 2023.

On the land of the Massachusett and neighboring Wampanoag and Nipmuc peoples, Boston developed in the eighteenth century as a major colonized and colonizing site. Its status today as a cultural and intellectual hub is shaped by that context, making it a critical location to trace the cultural legacies of racism and social injustice between the ...

ALA 2022: The Historical Imagination in American Literature

The Historical Imagination in American Literature

October 27-29, 2022

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe 828 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe, NM 87501

Conference Director: Olivia Carr Edenfield, Georgia Southern University

Keynote Speaker: Deborah Clarke, Arizona State University

Conference Fee: $175

For our 2022 Fall Symposium, the American Literature Association will return to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Drury Plaza Hotel offers excellent rates and is perfectly located near the central plaza. Single and double rooms will be available for $135 a night plus taxes. This rate includes not only a free ...

The Nature of Things: Ecology, Philosophy, and Poetics

Panel at NeMLA 2023

NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK March 23-26, 2023

What does it mean to write and think about nature? Do language, thought, and mimesis ultimately have the capacity to impact (and possibly cultivate) our natural environments, and do these environments in turn have the capacity to impact (and possibly cultivate) our words and ideas? Taking such questions as a starting point, this panel aims to explore how the relationship between the human community and the environment has occupied a central space within literature and ...

Vladimir Nabokov: Writing Nature

The University of Lausanne, the French Vladimir Nabokov Society and the Jan Michalski Foundation are joining forces to organize the Sixth International Vladimir Nabokov Conference sponsored by the French Vladimir Nabokov Society. After the three conferences in Paris (2013, 2019, 2021), Biarritz (2016), Lille and Chapel Hill (2018), this conference will explore the rich relationship of Nabokov’s oeuvre to the natural world.

The conference will take place on the Swiss Riviera, where Nabokov resided from 1961 until his death in 1977, and where he ...

(Re)Thinking Landscape: Ways of Knowing/Ways of Being

(Re)thinking Landscape: Ways of knowing / Ways of being

September 29 – October 1, 2022 Yale University

The cumulative crises of anthropogenic climate change, Indigenous land and water defender campaigns, and calls to decolonize museums, universities and other cultural spaces have directed attention to the material structures of power that shape our interaction with place. If landscape studies have traditionally focused on questions of representation and cultural imaginaries, how does taking land seriously as a category prompt a rethinking of landscape? Landscapes have real, material impacts ...

7th Annual Eastern Sierra History Conference

The 7th Annual Eastern Sierra History Conference, happening from October 28-30, 2022, seeks to enhance awareness, enrich knowledge, and generate recognition of the diverse and complex heritage of the Eastern Sierra region. We are seeking presentations on the history and culture of the Eastern Sierra, the contiguous geographic areas of Inyo and Mono counties and nearby deserts, along with research that may have taken place outside of the region but is related to the history and culture of the area. Selected presenters will ...

Water Works: The Arts of Water Management, 1500-1800

At a time of environmental crisis, studying histories of the manipulation of natural resources has never been more important. While our ancestors used different terms to talk of such matters, they engaged with (or stridently disengaged from) the same questions.

This symposium aims to draw together expertise from across disciplines to engage with managed and mechanical water systems in the period 1500-1800. Our focus is on how humans have sought to make water work for them–for not only practical but also artistic purposes.

Proposals for ...

Living with Climate Change: Perspectives from the Humanities and Beyond

The American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum invites innovative paper proposals from scholars in all fields whose work explores the topic of climate change from a humanities perspective. While the impact of climate change has generated numerous scientific studies and advancements, it has also influenced work across the arts and humanities, inspiring new questions, analytics, and approaches for considering the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Inspired by its 2022 exhibition Becoming Weatherwise: A History of Climate Science in America, the American Philosophical ...

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