Calls for Papers

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 ...