Calls for Papers

ASLE + AESS 2023 Conference Panel: Spiritual Practices, Arts, and Communal Resilience in the Anthropocene Asia

This panel highlights the role of Asian animist traditions and spiritual practices in the counter-worlding of the Anthropocene. Taking contemporary visual and performing arts as a vantage point of observation, it explores what common grounds are being formed among today’s arts, community resilience, environmental stewardship, and ontological inquiries when artists work with local communities in practicing and politicizing ritual dancing, chanting, rhyming, object-making, trance, healing, and worshiping, among other spiritual traditions. We seek insightful interpretations of such alliance from multiple ontological, sociopolitical, and ...

IRSCL 2023 Congress: Ecologies of Childhood

The concept of the “Anthropocene” brought attention to the profound impact humans have had on our ecosystems, as mediated by cultural concepts of nature, while posthumanism rejects a dichotomy between nature and culture and understands the human as entangled with the environment. An intersectional focus on children’s literature and culture reveals how children are cast as both vulnerable to environmental destruction and as powerful agents of environmental change. As humankind faces environmental challenges of terrifying scale, the 2023 IRSCL Congress theme, “Ecologies of ...

ASLE 2023 Panel, Autobiographical Style and Method: The Ecocritical First Person

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

July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon

What is the role of the personal voice in contemporary ecocritical scholarship? As Dipesh Chakrabarty has argued, conceptualizing climate change demands an awareness of both personal and planetary scales of transformation, yet traditional academic discourse has tended to discourage the use of personal history, anecdote, and the first-person voice. Our roundtable asks what’s at stake in the personal turn and a more intimate mode of literary-critical address. ...

Cultures of Agriculture: ASLE-Sponsored Panel at ALA

This is a call for papers for the ASLE Panel at the American Literature Association Conference: May 25-28, 2023, The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA (in person).

Papers on any of the following topics in any period of American literature (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction) are especially welcome:

Literature of/and “accidental” farming Literature of/and urban agriculture or community supported agriculture Eco-georgics Agriculture and the wild Literature of/and food (in)security or deserts Lineages of literary farming Agricultural intimacy or indeterminacy Farming and fungal networks Agriculture amid clouds of precarity (drought, flood, fire, climate change, pollution ...

ASLE 2023 Panel, Re-Gaming the Commons: A Talk-and-Play Panel

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

July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon

This panel seeks to continue shaping our understanding of the role that games, gaming, or play have in the environmental humanities. Papers specifically tied to the conference theme of “Reclaiming the Commons” will be preferenced over those speaking to the environmental humanities more broadly. All aspects of games and play–not just video or board games–will be considered, but papers should focus their primary attention to one or ...

ASLE 2023 Panel-Reclaiming Time as a Commons: Decolonizing the Hours

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

July 9-12, 2023 in Portland, Oregon

This panel will interpret time as colonized by labor and extraction norms and will explore rethinking time as something other than a medium for extraction of value in the so-called Anthropocene. This panel could emphasize how rethinking time in this way could be joined to other new temporal arguments, such as the importance of thinking at long temporal scales, the need to improve at shuttling back and ...

5th ASLE/ASEAN Ecocritical Conference: Posthuman Southeast Asia

As human actions continue to undermine the sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems and the stability of the planet as a whole, posthumanism seeks to overcome the legacies of humanism by exploring from a non-anthropocentric perspective the ongoing entanglements of humans and nonhumans. A variety of approaches to the human, the nonhuman, the inhuman, and the posthuman have been at the center of recent work in ecocriticism and across the environmental humanities. Many scholars view posthumanism as a paradigmatic change that is not only reconfiguring ...

Climate, Justice, and the Politics of Emotion

Climate, Justice, and the Politics of Emotion

A Symposium at University of California, Riverside April 27-28, 2023

CFP Deadline: October 1, 2022 Organized by Drs. Jade Sasser, Blanche Verlie, & Sarah Jaquette Ray

As the impacts of the climate and ecological crises increase, so too are intense experiences of environmental emotions including eco-anxiety, climate grief and climate trauma, as well as less discussed affective experiences such as pleasure, joy, amusement, wonder, optimism, ambivalence, apathy, and embarrassment. In a society primed to frame social injustices as individual failures, default ...

The Nature of Things: Ecology, Philosophy, and Poetics (NeMLA 2023 convention)

Call for Papers — 54th annual NeMLA conference (23-26 March 2023, Niagara Falls, New York USA)

What does it mean to write and think about nature? Do language, thought, and mimesis ultimately have the capacity to impact (and possibly cultivate) our natural environments, and do these environments in turn have the capacity to impact (and possibly cultivate) our words and ideas? Taking such questions as a starting point, this panel aims to explore how the relationship between the human community and the environment has ...

Water Justice and Urban Climate Resilience (NeMLA 2023)

This session at NeMLA 2023 (March 23-26, Niagara Falls, NY) will explore literary critical and environmental humanities methods for rethinking water justice and urban climate adaptation. We are interested in formal and informal relationships to water justice; representations of riverine and coastal cities; and readings of texts that help us consider governmental, private, and community-based strategies of water management. Topics might include representations of drought, flooding, toxicity and cleanup, water access, and water infrastructures. We welcome papers that use environmental humanities methods to ...

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