Representations of Labor in Reclaiming the Commons

Deadline: 12/1/22
Contact: Matt Morgenstern

Panel proposed at the 2023 ASLE + AESS Conference: “Reclaiming the Commons”

July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon

While we must consider real-world examples, histories, and theories that orient efforts toward reclaiming the commons, environmental humanists are uniquely poised to consider how creative texts (including but not limited to novels, short stories, poems, films, theatre, visual art media, and podcasts) represent the imagined labor of reclamation. Though these representations may range from realist to fabulist, from actionable to impossible, EH teachers, writers, scholars, and activists can share these representations in tandem with diegetic references to inspire new modes of reclamation. Accordingly, this panel considers how various creative texts represent the labor of reclaiming the commons and how those representations may inform real-world reclamation efforts. Though we welcome presentations that discuss creative texts of all kinds, the panel seeks detailed representations of labor that we may study in conversation with diegetic accounts of reclamation. Topics for consideration may include labor organization; new political economies; ecological engineering and stewardship; and reproductive labor and care work, among others.

Please submit proposals of at least 150 words (including name, email, and a short bio) in a single Word or PDF file to Matt Morgenstern ( by December 1, 2022.* Feel free to email the above address with questions regarding your proposal before submitting.

*This call is for a pre-formed panel, which will be submitted for the conference organizers at the end of December. More information on the panel’s potential acceptance will come shortly thereafter.

Posted on September 28, 2022