Calls for Papers

Getting Outside: Non-dominant Views and the American Environmental Imaginary

Getting Outside: Non-dominant Views and the American Environmental Imaginary, proposed panel for the C19 Biennial conference in March 2018 in Albuquerque, NM.

Very often, twenty-first century thinkers tasked with imagining the kinds of environmental thought that might have circulated through the climates of nineteenth-century America have rightly turned to the expansive discourses of Transcendentalism and an emergent taxonomic, descriptive science for answers. Within the parameters of these discourses, language and the environment can function in anthropocentric ways: humans use language to encompass nonhuman nature ...

The Oceanic Turn – ACLA 2018

“The Oceanic Turn” – Panel proposed for ACLA 2018, March 29 – April 1, 2018 at UCLA

Abstracts due September 23, 2017

Panel Co-Organizers: Christina Gerhardt – Associate Professor, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and Teresa Shewry – Associate Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara

Elizabeth Deloughrey recently argued that “we are witnessing an interdisciplinary transition [that] might be called ‘critical ocean studies’ or ‘the oceanic turn” (“Submarine Futures of the Anthropocene,” 2017). Scholars, she suggests, are veering away from an earlier emphasis on human ...

“Rocks of Ages, Grounds of Being”

The 14th Literature & Ecology Colloquium “Rocks of Ages, Grounds of Being: Geology/Ecology/Literature” Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa 20-22 October 2017

What does it mean to pay attention to geology in Southern African literature? How do the fundamental underpinnings of rock and soil influence how we structure and express our various senses of belonging? How does our literature represent the relationships between indigeneity, post-colonialism and the growth of modern geological sciences? How do varieties of geological knowledge articulate with imaginative poetics of time and narrative?

The Colloquium invites ...

ACLA 2018: Tropical Disasters: New Approaches from the Environmental Humanities

The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in Los Angeles, California from March 29th – April 1st, 2018.

The interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities offers new ways of considering tropical disasters.  Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and similar incidents were once thought to be acts of God or isolated natural occurrences.  New eco-critical approaches to the field, however, challenge the separation between human activity and environmental events.

This panel departs from the premise that there is ...

Climate: C19 2018 Conference

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists is delighted to announce that the theme for our next conference is “Climate.” The Call for Papers and list of Seminars is available at the conference website:

The fifth biennial C19 conference will be hosted by the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, March 22-25, 2018. Details about submission information are available on the conference site linked above.

_______________________________ CALL FOR PAPERS C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

Theme: CLIMATE Hosted by the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, March 22-25, 2018

C19: The Society ...

2018 IASEMS Graduate Conference, “Conversions in Early Modern British Literature and Culture”

The IASEMS Graduate Conference at the British Institute of Florence

CONVERSIONS IN EARLY MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE Florence, 20 April 2018 Abstract submission deadline: 29 October 2017

The 2018 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute of Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of conversion, a fascinating phenomenon, a promise of newness that blends elements of individual experience with ...

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

CFP online:

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 ...

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