Calls for Papers

Indigenous Narratives of Travel

UPDATED DEADLINE: APRIL 3

Panel proposal for ASLE 2021 Virtual Conference, July 26-August 6

This panel calls for abstracts that explore indigenous narratives of spatial movement (conceived broadly) in literature and film. Indigenous characters often redefine their relationship to the environment as they journey through it, whether as exploration, migration, or day-to-day travel. Such narratives of travel allow for new articulations of indigenous identities in response to contemporary conditions. Abstracts from various regions and time periods are invited.

Aquatic Animals in the Global Middle Ages

Aquatic Animals in the Global Middle Ages “We all come from the sea, but we are not all of the sea.” (DIGITAL WORKSHOP, September 27-28, 2021)

Aquafauna has recently been the topic of several conferences and publications focusing on zoological knowledge, its transmission, and transformation. Our workshop aims to investigate the imagery of aquatic animals in literature, their symbolism, their metaphorical use, and widespread views and misconceptions about such animals.

We would like to propose a global perspective limited chronologically rather than geographically. Therefore, we ask for ...

Consoling Affects, Healing Ecologies

Extended Deadline: April 4, 2021

Proposed Panel for: EmergencE/Y: ASLE 2021 Virtual Conference Conference Dates: July 26 – August 6, 2021

From the Decameron’s pastoral idyll to the supposedly ‘restorative’ turpentine woods of the postbellum American South to contemporary greenways and national parks, there is a long history of associating health with rural retreat and immersion in nature. With social distancing a key health prescription of the COVID-19 pandemic, green spaces have emerged anew as sites associated with self-preservation and with mental and physical health. The ...

Imagining a New World is Not Enough: Activism and the Struggle to Save All Lives

Proposed Panel for ASLE 2021 Virtual Conference, July 26-August 6

We have survived one year of a pandemic, one year where we have feared for our own lives, feared for the lives of our loved ones, and feared for what some might ignore when this is over, fearful that “normal” (whatever that is) would re-emerge without what most of us believe is a critical move to another way of living on the earth, of living with each other, both humans and animals and plants. ...

Ontologies of Nature and Indigenous Spirituality and Human Nonhuman Health in Contemporary Latin American Culture

EmergencE/Y: ASLE 2021 Virtual Conference Conference Dates: July 26 – August 6, 2021

This panel seeks to discuss the ways in which cultural productions from Latin America articulate and mobilize ideas about nature as a healing source and, conversely, as a source in need of healing. Both Nature as a panacea for an aching body and as an intoxicated environment in need of healing are two common themes expressed in contemporary visual art, literary works, cinematography and other forms of cultural expression from Latin America. ...

Autecologies: Emerging Gleanings On Autism & Emergency

ASLE 2021 Virtual Conference proposed panel

“I think in many ways that we autistic are the normal ones and the rest of the people are pretty strange. They keep saying that climate change is an existential threat and the most important issue of all. And yet they just carry on like before. If the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. […] Now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say.” –Greta Thunberg

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Energy Humanities Interest Group Calls for Sponsored Panels for ASLE 2021

The Energy Humanities interest group was founded in 2019 to provide ASLE members a space to shape the future of the emergent field of the Energy Humanities. The interest group will sponsor up to two panels at the 2021 virtual ASLE symposium, to be held asynchronously from July 26 to August 6, 2021. Panels sponsored by the interest group must still apply for acceptance through the traditional ASLE channels, but sponsorship enhances the visibility of the panel at this large conference and will ...

Plants and People, Together in Precarity

Plants and People, Together in Precarity ASLE 2021 Virtual Conference Panel

In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to reshape every aspect of American life, garden suppliers reported shortages as people brought plants into their lives and homes. Online house plant accounts shifted from showcasing collections to documenting slow new growth, while beginning and experienced gardeners alike shared images tagged #gardenupdate on social media during lockdown. Taking the COVID-19 pandemic as exemplary of broader patterns in human-plant interaction, this panel explores how precarity, at ...

ASLE 2021 Panel: Ecomedia and Empire

For decades, the term ecomedia was little more than a convenient catch-all for photographs and films that engage explicitly with environmental issues. In recent years, however, ecomedia has acquired additional meanings: most concretely, it has become a basis for comparing the signifying strategies (verbal, visual, or any combination thereof) that humans use to represent nonhumans; more abstractly, it has become a way of acknowledging the extent to which media (from printed pages to internet servers) can be both human and nonhuman. Drawing on ...

ASLE 2021 Panel: Militant Ecologies

In her 1968 collection Revolutionary Letters, Diane di Prima issued an all-caps injunction: ‘BLOW UP THE PETROLEUM LINES.’ ‘[M]ake the cars / into flower pots or sculptures or live / in the bigger ones,’ she suggests, ‘why not?’ In the thick of multiple emergencies, the contemporary re-emergence of di Prima’s resonant question – ‘why not?’ – signals the environmental movement’s return to militancy and direct action, epitomized in Andreas Malm’s recent interrogation of this quandary in How to Blow Up a Pipeline. Framing ...

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