Calls for Papers

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.

Conference website:  http://sites.unimi.it/AISNA/

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. http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html

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. http://asap9.org/seminars/

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 ...

CFP: Food Cultures, Mobility and Migration

Food Cultures, Mobility and Migration: 15-16 September 2017 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Keynote speaker Prof. David E. Sutton (Southern Illinois University) ‘Cooking, the senses and moral economies: reflections on food in crisis Greece’

Call for papers: As societies and the goods that they produce become increasingly mobile, and as time and money for leisure activity become more readily available in European and American societies, food has become not just a reflection of the geographical and cultural context in which it is produced, prepared and consumed, but a marker ...

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PHILOSOPHY at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association – Eastern Division January 3-6, 2018

Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia

The International Association for Environmental Philosophy (IAEP) invites paper proposals in the form of 500-600 word abstracts. Proposals for either individual papers or sessions organized around a specific topic (with not more than three presenters) will be considered.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 15, 2017. Notice of selection will arrive by early June. Note that all ...

Panel at ASAP: Ocean Planet: Sea Level Rise, Public Art Installations and Civic Engagement

Conference: The Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present – ASAP/9 October 26-28, 2017 Hosted by UC-Berkeley at the Oakland Marriott City Centre

Panel: Ocean Planet: Sea Level Rise, Public Art Installations and Civic Engagement We live on an Ocean Planet, that is, one constituted by about 75% of oceans. Given climate change induced sea level rise and that 40% of the U.S. population lives on the coastlines, making future shorelines visible and mitigating the impact of sea level rise will become a major ...

NONHUMAN ANIMALS IN SOCIETY

NONHUMAN ANIMALS IN SOCIETY: EXPLORING NEW PATHWAYS FOR RESISTANCE, CHANGE AND ACCOMMODATION 5th European Conference for Critical Animal Studies

International conference at Lund University, the Pufendorf Institute

Hosted by the European Association for Critical Animal Studies

26th – 28th of October 2017

Keynote Speakers: Zipporah Weisberg, independent scholar Volker Sommer, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology.

Conference Website: https://animalsconferencelund.wordpress.com

Historically, nonhuman animals have been placed outside the realm of society and the social. Often relegated to being part of ‘nature,’ nonhuman animals are often represented as the passive and subordinate counterpart of ‘culture’. These ...

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