Calls for Papers

Erasure and the Environment

Erasure and the Environment

Loughborough University, 17-18th September 2020 Keynote Address: Prof. David Herd (University of Kent)

In our contemporary moment, erasure is everywhere. Material disappearances abound as rising seas swallow low-lying island nations, as drought extends far beyond traditional aridity zones, and as hurricanes and flash floods destroy towns with alarming regularity. Cultural losses follow as communities are forced to adapt or migrate, surrendering historic traditions and lifestyles to global warming in the name of survival. Loss, here, leads to loss, where precarity and statelessness ...

Reading #Instapoetry

One of the unexpected side effects of the digital age has been the revival of poetry as a popular art form. Rupi Kaur’s collection Milk and Honey has become an astonishing worldwide publishing phenomenon, but she is only the most high-profile example of a new wave of poets who have bypassed the traditional routes to success. These poets create poetry that is generally short and places heavy emphasis on inspirational messages, and then use various social media platforms, most notably Instagram, to share ...

ASLE Panels at MLA 2021

ASLE seeks proposals from members who would like to arrange a panel for ASLE at the MLA convention in Toronto, 7-10 January 2021. As an allied organization, we may arrange one guaranteed panel and propose up to two more. If we submit two proposals for nonguaranteed panels, one of those must be a collaborative session with another allied organization.

If you are interested, please send a 500-word panel proposal and CV to Clare Echterling, ASLE/MLA Liaison, at [email protected] by January 24th, 2020. Clare is ...

The Writefest Scholarship & Lore Track

Call for Proposals: The Writefest Scholarship & Lore Track

At Writefest, we have always been interested in the dissolution of boundaries: between genre fiction and literary fiction, between emerging writers and established writers, and now, in 2020, between scholars, commercial writers, and readers.

To this end, we are pleased to announce that Writefest will include a new scholarship track in 2020, with the purpose of showcasing scholarship in contemporary literature, both realistic and fantastic. It’s our hope that this track will provide a forum for ...

World Weary: Cultures of Exhaustion


How does contemporary culture make sense of weary worlds? Exhaustion can be used to describe both the depletion of planetary resources and a structural waning associated with the demands of neoliberalism, one which is magnified by socio-political and technological change (Schaffner, 2017). The burden of bodily and planetary exhaustion is increasingly justified by an ideology of commitment and resilience, even as its effects are carried disproportionately across populations. As of 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) formally recognises ...

Human Matters: Engaging Publics in the Humanities

Human Matters: Engaging Publics in the Humanities July 8-11, 2020 University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, Canada

Call for Papers Deadline for paper and session proposals: January 15, 2020

The humanities profess to help societies to understand themselves better and to tackle enduring questions about the human condition – and yet, scholars in the humanities often struggle to speak with broader publics about their work. The public humanities are an attempt to put engagement with publics at the heart of humanistic inquiry. This conference is an opportunity for ...


The first Earth Day, celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970 by millions of people and now mobilizing citizens and communities worldwide, represented the first massive expression of public concern with the ecological sustainability of our planet, launching the modern global environmentalist movement. As the world signals its 50th anniversary in 2020, the Symposium (Re)thinking Earth: From Representations of Nature to Climate Change Fiction, aims to bring together an intersection of plural perspectives and representations of the tropes of threatened nature ...

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 ...

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 ...