Energy, Ecopoetics, and Poetries Beyond the Human

Deadline: 20th January
Contact: Josephine Taylor, Royal Holloway, University of London
Email: josephine.taylor.2018@live.rhul.ac.uk

Energy, Ecopoetics, and Poetries Beyond the Human

A conference stream at “Corroding the Now: Poetry + Science|SF”

“A poem is stored energy; a formal turbulence, a living thing, a swirl in flow”

William Rueckert “Literature and Ecology”

This stream invites contributions from those working within and across the intersections of the environmental and energy humanities, eco-poetry, and animal studies. It aims to forge a conversation between these disciplines and fields and to address how poetry and/or poetics serves as a way of exploring new conceptions of nature, humanity, and the world, as well as a mode of responding to the impasse of our petroleum-contoured society.

While addressing the broader conference theme of science/SF & poetry, this stream sets out to address and explore how the confluence flow[s] of science, poetry, and speculative poetics conceive of possible transitions to alternative relationships with environment, energy sources/materials, and the non-human. Such approaches, investigations, and intersections can encapsulate an array of ecologically-inflected positions, identities and poetries, extending well beyond the confines of the narrowly ‘human’ into a plurality of insect, plant, fungal, rocky, solar, oceanic, and other poetics.

In addition to conventional conference papers, we strongly encourage proposals of non-traditional presentations and panel formats, including joint/collaborative presentations, readings and performances, filmed or recorded material, discussions, workshops, and more.

The deadline for proposals is 20th January, 2018. All proposals should be emailed to SFpoetics@gmail.com. For more information, please visit www.corrodingthenow.com or contact josephine.taylor.2018@live.rhul.ac.uk.

Posted on January 2, 2019