Calls for Papers

Contemporary Re-imaginings of Human-Animal Entanglements in the Fairy Tale

Thinking with Stories in Times of Conflict: A Conference in Fairy-Tale Studies Wayne State University, Detroit, MI August 2-5, 2017

Call for Papers for Panel “Contemporary Re-imaginings of Human-Animal Entanglements in the Fairy Tale”

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The fairy tale has always been a privileged site for enacting, questioning and blurring the boundaries between the human and the animal. Its unceasing circulation across different cultures has allowed the genre to stay particularly attuned to the ever-changing configurations of those boundaries.

Reflecting – and, in many ways, anticipating – the ...

In Other Tongues: creating metaphysics, embodying language

In Other Tongues: creating metaphysics, embodying language June 7-9 2017 [Residential Short Course June 10-14] Venue: Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EA, UK

Our understanding of the world around us has been a constantly-shifting thing. We have always sought to explain natural phenomena we can’t understand and to use myth, ritual and religion to add structure and narrative to this most complex and puzzling place. More recently, as our scientific understanding of the world evolved and its tenets ever more culturally dominant, we fought to dismiss ...

From Trinity to Fukushima and Beyond : New Approaches to Nuclear Culture

Graduate/Emerging Scholars Symposium From Trinity to Fukushima and Beyond : New Approaches to Nuclear Culture and the Nuclear Arts in the 20th and 21st Century

March 10-11, 2016 University of Montreal

Organizing Committee : Amandine Davre, Livia Monnet, Suzanne Paquet, Mathieu Li-Goyette

Recent debates on the Anthropocene have proposed July 16, 1945 – the date of the Trinity nuclear test conducted in the Jornada del Muerto desert in New Mexico – as the official beginning of this human induced geologic era. The Nuclear Age has produced a rich archive ...

Resilience in a Multispecies World

CFP for a conference to be held at McMaster University, from April 21-23 2017

Madhur Anand, Daniel Coleman, and Nicole Shukin will provide keynote addresses.

In response to a number of requests, we have extended deadline to Nov. 30, 2016

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In 1973, forest ecologist C.S. Holling introduced the concept of resilience to describe the ability of an ecological system to withstand, absorb or fortify against disturbances in a way that still maintains its basic structures. In recent years the concept of resilience has been ...

Oceans and Deserts 2017: Charting Transdisciplinary Currents in Environment and Culture

The graduate students in the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona invite proposals for their fourth annual interdisciplinary conference for emerging scholars (graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and junior faculty) on March 31-April 1, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona.

Oceans and deserts are phenomena in the natural world, but they also exist on a metaphorical level in concepts such as “cultural deserts” or “oceans of time.” These ideas draw on the characteristics of these environments, from the desert’s isolation, hostility to life, and strange ...

inside/OUT: A European Conference for the Humanities 2017

inside/OUT: A European Conference for the Humanities 2017

EDINBURGH, UK 5-7 April 2017


In April 2017, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) is hosting a European Conference for the Humanities on behalf of the European Consortium of Humanities Institutes and Centres (ECHIC).

The Conference will comprise plenary presentations, panel paper sessions, lightning talks and roundtable reflections as well as opportunities for networking. It aims to probe some of the most pressing issues facing the humanities as academic ...


The Ecocriticism and the Environment area welcomes abstracts on film, literature, advertising, video games, social media, architecture, music, religion, and really any other method of human expression. Potential topics include:

-how can ecocriticism speak to digital realities/emergent realities in video games and other immersive experiences? -to what degree does our built environment inform our conception of physical nature? -how do stories that we tell about our natural environments explain something about our understanding of the natural world? -how can the stories we tell help create a more productive ...

NeMLA Panel 2017, Urban Pastoralism

As cities across the US, including Baltimore, are utilizing “green” design techniques (urban parks, gardens, and waterfront consumer or recreational spaces) in order to revitalize their economy, urban pastoralism has become a major trend in the post-industrial age. But as critic James Machor has argued, American politicians, urban designers, and writers have appealed to urban pastoral landscapes since the country’s origins. In urban pastoralism, according to Machor, the “city and country are equally valuable components in an evolving landscape best served when those ...

ACLA: Theorizing Reading and Activism in Environmental Literature

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Annual Meeting Universiteit Utrecht, July 6-9, 2017

This seminar will explore how theories of reading and reception–important to recent work in critical race studies, cognitive narratology, and new formalism–can inform ecocriticism. Building on the large body of scholarship attending to problems of reading, reception, race, and ethnicity, the seminar in particular invites papers on literatures of environmental justice or postcolonial environmentalism.

While ecocriticism often addresses the activist agendas of environmental literature and speculates on its potential extratextual impacts, the field has ...