Calls for Papers

Rethinking the “derangement”: Panel for ACLA 2020

Rethinking the “derangement”: Urban Environments, Ecological Crisis, and Contemporary Fiction; proposed panel for The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting

“Let us make no mistake,” writes Amitav Ghosh in The Great Derangement and the Unthinkable, “the climate crisis is also a crisis of culture, and thus of the imagination.” While Ghosh doubts that the novel—especially the realist novel—can rise to the challenge of the current crisis, this seminar invites explorations of instances of the novel’s adaptability– its ability to record and respond to ...

Flows & Floods: Changing Environments and Cultures

Call for Papers for Flows & Floods: Changing Environments and Cultures 22nd February, 2020 | University of Warwick

Keynote Address: Profs. Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe (Rice University)

This conference examines the relationship between cultural production and environmental change through the rubric of two related critical terms: flows and floods. A flow – a steady current or stream – is perhaps the defining metaphor of the contemporary world; academic and popular discourse alike is replete with references to the flow of goods, money, energy, information, wealth, ...

The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900

Call for Papers The 48th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture Since 1900

Featuring: Forrest Gander, Kaja Silverman, & Marisa Parham

The 48th annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 20-22, 2020. Critical papers may be submitted on any topic that addresses literary works published since 1900, and/or their relationship with other arts and disciplines (film, journalism, opera, music, pop culture, painting, architecture, law, philosophy, performance, digital media). Work by creative writers is also ...

Animals Across Disciplines, Time, and Space

19-21 March, 2020 • McMaster University

Call for papers, panels, performances, and fiction. Deadline: 30 September 2019

Animals Across Discipline, Time and Space takes advantage of the inherently interdisciplinary nature of (re)thinking the forms and meanings of the relationships between human and non-human animals. The event will bring together artists, performers, community members, activists, and scholars (and many of our participants fit into more than one of these categories) for an interactive gathering at McMaster University.

The relationships between human and non-human animals have always been at ...

Mapping the Next World: Session Proposal ASEH 2020

CFP for American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Annual Meeting

Ottawa, Ontario, March 25-29, 2020

What does it look like when environmental storytellers employ knowledges from environmental history to imagine transitioning to just environmental futures? What practices are involved in such imaginings? What would it take to bring those imaginings into material form? Though environmental history has oriented its gaze toward the long ago, the ongoing and long- standing crises of settler colonialism and biospheric domination require looking not only backward but also forward. This ...

NeMLA Session 18152. Decentering the Anthropocene: Spanish Ecocritical Texts and the Non-Human

The 51st Annual NeMLA Convention will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5-8, 2020.

Abstracts are sought for a NeMLA seminar that aims to expand critical study of representations of the environment in Spanish culture by exploring specifically the more-than-human. Our purpose is to highlight the central roles that the beyond-human has played in texts from the medieval through the post-crisis periods that counter those political, economic, and social strategies that have led to the current state of ecological devastation. As conversations about climate ...

NeMLA Panel: Multispecies Becoming: Coming into Terms with Our Own End

Talking about different political slogans that she has written for different eras, namely “Cyborgs for Earthly Survival” during Reagan’s era, “Run fast Bite Hard” for father Bush’s era and “Shut up and Train” for George W. Bush’s presidency , Donna Haraway declares that today her slogan is “Stay with the Trouble!” (137) Amidst the very real and imminent threats of environmental disasters, rise of racism, and an expanding precarity, it is in fact very hard to stay with the trouble rather than going ...

Speaking the Earth: 20-21st C. French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium


20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium March 26-28, 2020 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Plenary Speakers: Scholastique Mukasonga, Nicolas Kurtovitch, Marie Célie-Agnant, and Stéphanie Posthumus

Speaking the Earth The earth unites us all. To speak of the earth is to speak of oneself, of the “Other,” of identity, of the environment, of life in every sense of the word. The earth allows human beings to exist, it creates our cultures, founds our imaginaries, complicates our relationships, fulfills and sometimes frustrates our dreams. How is ...

NEMLA Panel: New Materialist Readings of 19th-century Writers

NeMLA 2020 Conference March 5-8, 2020 Marriott Copley Place Boston, MA

Call for Panel Abstracts:  New Materialist Readings of 19th-century Writers

This session engages in a matter-oriented approach, raising questions about the ontological status of the autonomous writing subject by joining it to the vast network of relations to objects within an area—ecozone, bioregion, biome, or ecosystem. Though the contributions by science-based writers are important (e.g., Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, George Perkins Marsh, John Muir, etc.) New Materialist Interpretations of 19th-century Writers focuses on a different trajectory, accentuating less detectable and ...

The Community of Food, Society & Justice

The Residential College at the University of Michigan, in partnership with the Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, The Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, The department of Anthropology, The Sustainable Food Program, Michigan Dining, The Program in the Environment, The Wallace House, The Environmental Law & Policy Program, and The School for Environment and Sustainability are proud to announce:

The Community of Food, Society, & Justice Conference, October 18, 2019

The ways that we meet the nutritional needs of our communities, while also protecting the planet, ...