Calls for Papers

Thoreau Society Panels at ALA

The Thoreau Society is pleased to sponsor two panels at the upcoming ALA Conference on May 21-24, 2020 in San Diego ( We hope you will consider submitting a proposal and/or helping us to spread the word.

Thoreau in the Anthropocene:

While Thoreau is America’s touchstone prophet of Nature and the wild, he is also one of our earliest and best witnesses to the many ways the human world entangles and threatens the environment. What does it mean to read Thoreau from the midst of ...

The Popcultural Life of Science: Stories of Wonder, Stories of Facts

I International H/Story Seminar The Popcultural Life of Science: Stories of Wonder, Stories of Facts University of Silesia in Katowice 20.05.2020

For decades, we have been fed scientific and popcultural stories of the “we use only 10% of our brain capacity” sort. Recently, a set of new truths has been granted to us. For instance, in his 2014 popscience book Hirnrissig [Harebrained], the neurobiologist Henning Beck debunks 20 of the most widespread neuromyths, including the ubiquitous misconception that our brains work like superfast computers with limitless capacity ...

Petrocultures 2020: Transformations

CFP: Petrocultures 2020: Transformations

26-29 Aug. at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger, Norway

We live in turbulent times, and the role of petroleum is at the heart of global and local political debate. Indeed, a transition to a world without oil as its primary source of fuel and energy is needed if we want to reach the international climate targets, but the feasibility, realism and not least timing is strongly debated. Oil will indeed come to an end, but whether the closing date is ...

ALECC 2020: Watershed, lit., fig.

Call for Creative Writing, Academic Papers, Panels, and Other Presentations

Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada ALECC Biennial Conference  (

June 17-20, 2020, University of Saskatchewan At the heart of Saskatoon, on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis.

Conference web site:

Watershed, lit., fig.

1.a. The line separating the waters flowing into different rivers or river basins; a narrow elevated tract of ground between two drainage areas; a water-parting. 1.b. figurative. A turning point (in history, ...

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 ...