Panel Calls for Papers

Last Meals: Global Literature, Collapse, and the Fate of Food

It’s closing time. From the failures of technological saviors like golden rice to the omnipresent warnings of climate scientists, it has never been clearer that the age of plenty has passed. “Cheap Natures,” as the environmental historian Jason Moore puts it, are no more. This panel on food politics explores the histories, politics, and aesthetics that surround the collapse of food systems. It asks how imaginative writing responds to this moment of closure, to the limits of modernist dreams of global food, to ...

SLSA (Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts) Panel at ASLE 2017

Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery ASLE Twelfth Biennial Conference, June 20 – 24, 2017 Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

This SLSA (Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts) sponsored panel at ASLE welcomes creative and/or scholarly work on the arts and/or sciences of resistance. Topics may include:

Public health and environmental justice; methods derived from climatology, paleontology, geology; changes in the weather reporting; post/industrial ecologies; urban ecology; urban nature/parks/green spaces, urban planning; planned resilience; cities and climate change; ecotopias, urban renaissance, new urbanisms Recovering conservation, ecofeminism, Deep Ecology,critical race ...

ASLE 2017 Panel: The Future(s) of Science Fiction

The Future(s) of Science Fiction

This panel takes ASLE’s theme of “Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery” into the speculative and the (im)possible, investigating connections between science fiction, ecology and environmentalism, and narrative theory. Panelists are invited to present on sci-fi counter-forms (both in prose and verse) that challenge traditional narrative modes, especially when engaging issues of otherness, gender, race, human/animal, extinction, recovery, and space. These might be, but are not limited to texts that formally acknowledge uncertainty, decay, spontaneity, fluctuation, and chaos, both as scientific ...

Rust Belt Resistance: MMLA Panel at ASLE 2017

Rust Belt Resistance: MMLA Panel at ASLE 2017

Deadline Extended: December 15, 2016

As an affiliated organization, the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) organizes a panel at ASLE’s biennial conference (June 20-24, 2017; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI).

In keeping with the conference theme for ASLE 2017 (“Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery”) the MMLA-sponsored panel topic is “Rust Belt Resistance.” In the public imagination, the Rust Belt is seldom associated with “resistance,” yet recent events belie the image of this region as passively resigned to decay. Beginning ...

ASLE 2017 Panel, Philip Levine: Poet of Detroit

ASLE 2017 Panel CFP Philip Levine: Poet of Detroit

This year’s ASLE conference is hosted by Wayne State University, the alma mater of one of America’s greatest poets: recently deceased Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip Levine (1928-2015). This panel welcomes 20 minute presentations on aspects Levine and his work, seeking fresh perspectives on the many landscapes that animate his half century of poetry, including Detroit, Spain, California, and New York.

Please send brief bio and 250 word abstract to William Stroup at by extended deadline of December ...

ASLE 2017 Panel: Reinhabiting Autopia

Reinhabiting Autopia (panel or roundtable for ASLE 2017)

“The future sure isn’t what it used to be, is it?” This paradoxical observation—made by a twenty-first-century inhabitant of a nineteenth-century-style “patchwork [settlement] of spare parts, salvage, and refuse, both material and human” that has mushroomed in the shadow of a now-useless freeway interchange in Albany, New York in James Howard Kunstler’s post-apocalyptic novel World Made by Hand—represents the kind of thinking that ecocritics and everyone else in the developed world will be engaging in more ...

ASLE 2017, Unreal Cities: New Narrative Forms for Urban Environs

Unreal Cities: New Narrative Forms for Urban Environs, panel call for ASLE 2017 conference.

How do we narrate cities? How do we recover the stories of settled areas, without falling back to tired and/or rusted-out tropes? Theoretical, creative responses welcome.

Email paper abstracts to Thomas Hallock,, by December 12, 2016.

ASAIL Sponsored Panel at ASLE 2017

The Association for the Study of American Indian Literature (ASAIL) is sponsoring a panel on Anishinaabe literature, language, and land at ASLE 2017. The Anishinaabeg have a long relationship with the upper Great Lakes region, including the land that is now called Michigan. Papers are invited that examine Anishinaabe representations of and engagements with the land from a variety of creative and scholarly perspectives. Dr. Margaret Noodin has graciously agreed to chair the panel.

If you are interested in participating in the ASAIL panel ...

ASLE 2017 Panel: Corrosions of Justice: Addressing Water Pollution and (Mis)management

EXTENDED DEADLINE: December 15, 2016

Corrosions of Justice: Addressing Water Pollution and (Mis)management, panel at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference – Detroit, MI June 21-24, 2017

Recent studies have shown that the world’s freshwater supply is being used faster than it is being replenished. Dwindling water resources have been compounded by recent and ongoing events such as the lead-contaminated water supply in Flint, Michigan; once-in-a-millennium droughts in the southwestern United States and central India; the increased privatization of ...

ASLE 2017 Panel Ecological Biopolitics and the Concept of “Population”

Ecological Biopolitics and the Concept of “Population”

Roundtable for “Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery,” The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment 2017 Conference, June 20-24, 2017.

Biopolitics emerged as a principal concern of humanities scholarship in the wake of 9/11. Giorgio Agamben’s discussion of the “state of exception,” Achille Mbembe’s concept of “necropolitics,” and Antonio Negri’s and Michael Hardt’s theory of “Empire” drew as much attention as they did because they offered ways of understanding the transformation of domestic and global politics under the ...